My husband and I were living in Lyon, France and wanted to explore the area around it while we were there. One of the towns we wanted to visit was Vienne (not to be confused with Vienna, Austria). Vienne is situated 35 kms south of Lyon and it takes about 30 minutes to reach there via train. Train tickets from Lyon to Vienne cost around 12 euros per ticket for a round trip, which is a reasonable price. Sitting on the banks of the river Rhône, Vienne was a major center of the Roman empire in southeastern France and its influence can be seen throughout the city in its architecture. Since it was a spontaneous trip, we did not have an itinerary to proceed with our sightseeing and activities. The first thing we did after reaching Vienne was to go to the Tourism Office which was about 5 minutes’ walk from the train station. We got a map that showed a path across the city that would take us to all the places of interest. What I found interesting was that the path had markers with the symbol of olive trees every few meters on the pavement. If you follow the markers, you will reach all the sights marked on the map. The lady at the office also suggested some restaurants where we could try out the traditional cuisine. We decided to explore a bit more before following the map and went for a walk on the waterfront along the Rhône. I guess it was our lucky day as a few people approached us and offered free boat ride on the Rhône for 30 minutes as part of an initiative taken by an organization to boost tourism in Vienne. It was one of the typical river cruises that France is famous for and the ride was quite enjoyable.