Lyon 02

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  • Day110


    September 24, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We walked more of Lyon's beautiful Old Town today and joined a walking tour to see its hidden passageways or "traboules" as they are called here. There are about 40 traboules open to the public, winding their way through buildings and courtyards. Good tour. Time to leave Lyon and head to the UK.

  • Day109


    September 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Lyon is shaped by its two rivers, the Rhône River (to the East) and the Saône (to the West). We are staying on the left side of the Saône but can easily walk to Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) on the right side by crossing the Bonapart Bridge, one of the many bridges in Lyon. Today we took the sightseeing bus for a tour of Lyon to get our bearings. It is a lovely city with many of its historical buildings preserved and the view over to the Old Town is beautiful. A boat ride along the Saône finished off a very enjoyable and quite warm day. The 24 degree-day took us by surprise.Read more

  • Day108

    Lyon France

    September 22, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today, Alan drove from Sallanches to Milan, about 300kms. We took the quickest route through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (11.6km) which links Chamonix ( France) to Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley ( Italy). Although this was the longest tunnel, there were quite a lot more that we drove through. It saved us hours and ensured we made our flight to Lyon where we will spend 3 days.
    Lyon is much bigger than I expected and very busy. Cafes and restaurants were full...but it was Friday night. People, bikes and cars somehow miss each other as they all rush to get wherever they are going. Lots of pedestrian crossings and you need them! First impression is that it is a vibrant city and a popular place for young people - tourists too 😊
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  • Day32

    Saint Etienne to Lyon

    June 29, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Riding through built up area for most of the first 25km. Stopped for coffee at Rive de Gien. Bikes were leaning against cafe window but slightly out of direct line of sight. When we finished our coffee Pat's front panniers were gone. Cctv also and busy area with customers. Spent rest of morning with police -very nice policeman, Hugo, will be at the top of Mont Du Chat in Superman suit. We must try and spot him.
    With rain looming and the joy gone from the day, we trained to Lyon.
    Nice apartment in the Confluence district and fairly close to big shopping centre for supplies. This district had been turned from an industrial wasteland to an architecturally interesting and environmentally sustainable area, a great endeavour.
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  • Day33


    June 30, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Spent the morning shopping to replace panniers and Pats shoes. Then headed into town - Place Bellecour- to tourist info. If you come to Lyon & need assistance ask for Lorreen. By the time we left we had a full itinerary and everything we needed. Lyon is a very big city - next after Paris and the gastronomic capital of France. Unbelievable the array of cafes, restaurants, boulangeries, chocolatiers, patisseries, bistrots, bars and, most Lyonnaise of all, the Bouchon - a traditional French affair, with a relaxed atmosphere and extremely, hearty servings.

    We found the best coffee in France at Slake coffee shop on the Rue Ancienne in Centre Ville - the brownies and carrot cake weren't too shabby either ( This sort of research required repeat visits- morning & afternoon tea).
    In between times we managed to take a Bateaux boat ride on La Saône and the Petit Train, which toured around The Croix Rousse area of Lyon - the old Silk weaving district. From the late 18th, early 19th century, the city's silk weaving industry made the Lyonnaise wealthy, while keeping the weavers in shocking conditions. Strikes and battles followed with hundreds of deaths, but conditions gradually improved.

    This tour is highly recommended, as is the Lyon city card. The city has a very good, but complex, public transport system that uses buses, trams, trains, vaporettos and funiculars. We used all of them to get around. Buying tickets would have been a nightmare without the city card. All are free with the city card, as are all museums, the boat tour and the Petit train.
    Took the vaporetto home to change for dinner!
    The highlight of the day was dinner at Le Comptoir Abel, a highly recommended and authentic establishment. We both had traditional Lyonnaise dishes. Entree was a shared crayfish salad. Tracey's main was Quenelle de brochet en gratin maison ( like a souffle with creamy fish (Pike) sauce) and Pats was Gratin d’écrevisses ( crayfish gratin). Shared desert was marron gateau. Delicious food and wine!
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  • Day34

    Lyon 2

    July 1, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Another spot of shopping to fill Pat's panniers and we were off sightseeing on a 2 hour guided walk around Vieux Lyon, the oldest part of town. Lyon was founded in 43BC by the Romans and there is plenty of evidence to prove it, including two adjoining amphitheatres on the Fourviere hill - the oldest part of town.
    Lyon became a leading publishing city in the 15th century, as well as becoming involved in the finance industry and the beautiful old gothic and renaissance buildings built by its wealthy merchants over many centuries have been preserved and are now a UNESCO world heritage site.
    The silk workers built passageways between their workshops, warehouses and shops, for convenience and to protect the silk from the weather. These were called Traboules. During the Second World War, they were used by the resistance. Lyon suffered badly at the hands of Klaus Barbie, 'The Butcher of Lyon'.
    The Funicular lifts you from riverside to the Basilique Notre Dame du Fourviére. It is a beautiful confection inside and the terrace outside has commanding views of the city.
    Returning to Centre Ville, we found ourselves in the middle of a Multicultural festival in Place Bellecour. Pat was particularly intrigued by an impromptu Madagascan dancer who seemed to be able to move all sorts of body parts independently of the other matching part.
    Dinner at a 'pub' in Place Carnot, home to the Statue De La Republique, near Perrache Station.
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