As we’re just opening the first bottles of 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau, we wanted to tell you about beautiful days out in the Beaujolais region. You have the route des vins of course, the beautiful golden stones villages and wine tasting in cellars…And there are also great museums to be visited.
One of them is Paul Dini Museum in Villefranche-sur-Saône. The museum’s collections, permanent and temporary, will tell you the story of Rhône-Alpes painting from 1865 untill today. It is a real treat to learn about a region through its cultural life.
Looking at the paintings, you will recognize Saint Jean’s cathedral,le Pont de la Guillotière, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or’s countryside…Witnesses of their times, artists chose subjects such as : wine harvesting scenes, fishing, hunting, industrial activities…We successively discover a still life, some just-caught pikes from the Saône river, shiny red cherries and off course, flowers and bouquets in the great tradition of the silk industry’s floral patterns.
Paintings and artists create their own echo of the region in this beautifuly refurbished museum. The space is bright and cosy, and there is one boutique and a small art library.
This is the perfect activity to compliment a week-end in the Beaujolais, and to find out what the artists have to say about this beautiful place.