The Medieval Village of Pérouges

Another short train ride from Lyon is the small town of Pérouges.   The old walled village is a 30-minute walk through the “new” town, uphill from the train station.  There are two gates into the old town.

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Pérouges was probably founded by a Gallic colony returning from Perugia, Italy in 1167, hence the name.  It developed a prosperous textile industry of craftsmen and weavers, situated on the road between Lyon and Geneva.  In the 19th century, roads and railroads bypassed the town and the population dropped from 1,500 to 90 residents.  In 1909 it was going to be demolished but in 1911 the town was preserved by the French government and restoration began.

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The heavy limbs of the Liberty Tree, planted in 1792, on place de la Halle, must be propped up.

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Our mid-morning snack was the famous sugary and buttery Galette de Pérouges.

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Pérouges is so picturesque.  It’s no wonder it has been used as a set for several French movies.  In the summer it can be packed with tourists but on a gray Thursday in October we had it to ourselves.  I couldn’t get enough of the pretty windows and doors. 


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All the restaurants specialized in traditional French food.  We were getting the hang of using Google Translator and our waitress spoke a little English. Still, we were never sure we knew what we were ordering.

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My salad was topped with duck gizzards.  Will’s was topped with fried Brie cheese.  You can see they were huge.  I could have stopped there but we’d already ordered mains too.

Mine was chicken and Will had sausage alla Lyonnaise.

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And fries.

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The chicken was very tasty but every piece was full of little bones.  Not sure what part of a chicken has that many bones!

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We walked back to the train station a different way which took us past farms and through a park.

Looking back at the hilltop of Pérouges.  I loved this little romantic village.



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3 Responses to The Medieval Village of Pérouges

  1. Diana says:

    Lovely. I always enjoy photos of windows and doors. But where are all the people?

    • graciamc says:

      We understand that this town is busy in the summer but it was pretty empty in October. Some shops were closed too. But I got better pictures on a gray day.

  2. Tammy Moseley says:

    Yes, we were on a river cruise that stopped at some of the same cities/villages in France. The Medieval Village of Perouges was was one of my favorites! We also had a slice of the Galette de Perouges! Love your pictures of the windows and doors. It brought back good memories!

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