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Lons Le Saunier town guide

LONS LE SUANIER

Visitors by hire car will find this Spa town in the Jura mountains very near to the Dijon Cote D'or airport, it is off the Autoroute 83.

Lons le Saunier has been famous as a salt water spa since roman times and visitors can discover remains in various parts of the town. The current Spa was founded in the late nineteenth century when the railway arrived bringing an influx of the wealthy in need of rejuvenation. The Thermes Ledonia provides the opportunity for modern day travellers to enjoy the waters.

There is an excellent Art Gallery, Musee de Belles Arts, which has paintings by Breughel the Younger, the one that painted those every day scenes of medieval life that were so popular as block prints in the seventies, and some splendid nineteenth century sculptures. Lons's most famous son is probably Rouget de Lisle who composed a song that we all know, Le Marseillaise. There is a museum about him in the house where he lived and a superb statue of him by Bartholdi outside.

This is an excellent area for enjoying the mountains and a visit to the Tourist Information (Syndicat d'Initiativ) will provide the visitor with details of everything from para gliding to trout fishing.

Do not forget to purchase some Comte cheese before getting into your hire car and leaving the area, it might not be the best smelling of the French cheeses but it is one of the best tasting.

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