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  • Day35

    Lyon - more just as expected

    August 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Exploring Fourviere - the part of Lyon on the western side of the River Saone, home to the Notre Dame de Fourviere Cathedral that dominates the Lyon skyline.

    Two funicular railway lines start side by side at the foot of the hill, one going to Notre Dame and the other to the Roman ruins. It was at the Roman Theatre I tried my best Friends, Romans Countrymen but struggled without any friends or Aussies an the Romans had come and gone.

    At the bottom of the hill is Lyon's other cathedral, the Cathedral de Lyon, aka Cathedrale de Saint Jean Baptiste.
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  • Day10

    Morning in Lyon

    September 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    From the Romans to the Nazis, Lyon has been an integral part of the history of France. This very liveable city has all of the advantages of Paris without the hassles. The city was here before the Romans made it their capital of Gaul. I have long wanted to come here because it was the seat of the episcopacy of one of the early Church Fathers, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon. Reluctant to support the French Revolution of 1789, Lyon was erased from the map by Rebespierre. Napoleon restored it and enriched it by making it a textile center. We saw a demonstration of silk weaving on a two-hundred-year-old jacquard loom. During WW II the city was part of the Vichy government. Many pass-throughs called trabels enabled the resistance to defeat the Germans. SS officer Claus Barbee was tried and imprisoned here for war crimes. Now Lyon is France’s fastest growing city.Read more

  • Day115

    Lyon, France

    August 29, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Originally we were heading to Marseillan from Nice however I made a change of plans and decided to take Nana to Paris via Lyon. It worked out well as we were able to see a bit more of France and fill up some of our spare time. I'd never planned to go to Lyon when I left NZ but it's a lovely city with plenty of dinky little alleyways, cafes and two Rivers's inning through. It was sooooo hot in Lyon and our accommodation didn't have air conditioning so we had two horrible nights of sleep but the highlight of Lyon was walking through the city and up to the Basilica. Nana and I walked up over 500 stairs and it was super tough for Nana, I was so proud of her when we finally got to the top, and we walked into the Basilica and were absolutely blown away with it. This was the first Cathedral we'd seen lined with lead lights which had all been removed during WWII to ensure they didn't break. Nana and I sat down and took in the full beauty of the building, absolutely amazed at how much work had gone into making it look as spectacular as it did. As hard as it was for Nana to climb those hundreds of stairs, she sat in the church, grabbed my arm and said thank you for getting her up here to see such a beautiful Cathedral. The funniest thing was, we walked out a different door and saw a train that we could've got up instead of walking!!!! But nonetheless it was awesome to see Nana accomplish such a physical task that she didn't think she'd be able to do. We explored the area a bit longer before navigating the public transport system back to our hotel. It was a short but sweet stay in Lyon and we didn't need any longer than two nights.Read more

  • Day14

    Basilica Notre Dame Fourviere

    September 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Lyon may not have the seven hills of Rome, but it's hills still play an important role in its settlement due to the the various conflicts to control them. Together with the confluence of two major rivers, the Rhone and the Soane they have given Lyon a long and sometimes bumpy history. At least they provide a funicular to get us up the hills for a look around.
    At the top of this hill is an area called Fourviere. And what do you put on top of a hill? A basilica of course. This one was built after the Prussians had been at the gates threatening to take the the town. The people promised that if the city were spared they would build a great basilica - it was and they did.
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    An absolute beautiful place to enjoy my friends--Beau


You might also know this place by the following names:

Fourvière, Fourviere, Forum Vetus, Фурвьер, 富维耶山