Lyon 05

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  • Day459


    June 25 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Lyon was a lot nicer than I expected, I am not a city person, and as it’s the second largest city in France I was not expecting great things. The first surprise was the marina, our info is a bit out of date and the marina must have had some teething problems but it was lovely right in the middle of the new developments on the piece of land between the Rhône and Saône, it felt safe but was in the heart of things. The redevelopment of the confluence land had resulted in some weird buildings the confluence museum reminded us of the Guggenheim in, I think it was Bilbao all glass and metal at weird angles. There was a supermarket and shopping mall next door to the marina with a Decathlon store. We were able to use a cycle path to access the old town then lock up the bikes and wander around taking in the sights and also just the old streets, inner courtyards and spiral stone staircases as we tried to walk only in the shade, temperature reached 35degs. From the old town we crossed back over the Saône to see the opera house and Hôtel de ville then down the bank of the Rhône to Hôtel Dieu previously a hospital and abbey now up-market shops and restaurants in an incredible setting. The day after we continued our trip up the river seeing the sights from a different perspective.Read more

  • Day99

    Lyon, Old Town

    September 24, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    This afternoon we took a walking tour of part of the Old Town of Lyon. Lyon is where the 2 rivers, Rhone and Saone meet. It was a walled city, merchant town and the French centre for silk weaving. There are fascinating little hidden passages or 'short cuts' in the buildings to take you from one street to another. The passages are called La Longue Troboule and have a central courtyard where the house/apartment is reached by stairs. Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France and just a great place to visit. This is our last day on the Continent- fly over to the UK tomorrow to head up to Scotland!Read more

  • Day3

    Journée à Lyon

    May 12, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    Alors j'ai su que le match Lyon Marseille était à 16h donc premier bistrot pas de match après 3 bistrots et 3 demis de rosé je me rends compte que c'est 16h du Canada .j'ai dû aller faire une sieste. Mais je suis de retour 😎 pour le match allez L'OMRead more

  • Day16

    Boat cruise

    September 27, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A bit of a cruise up and down the Rhone - not exactly flash but easy and fun. One girl was handling the French and English commentary. She was working pretty hard to fit it all in.

  • Day16

    We discover Lyon

    September 8, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Our only previous experience of Lyon was many years ago when we dropped a rental car off at St Exupery and flew back to Brisbane. More recently, several people had told us that it's a beautiful city with spectacularly good food and wine. What's not to like about that?

    Waking up and taking in our surroundings, we realised that we had chosen well with our hotel, the Novotel Beaux Artes. It's in an old building, but the interior has been tastefully renovated in a very modern style. Our room was quite spacious, especially by European hotel standards. It is only 50 metres from the impressive square known as the Place des Jacobins. (We soon discovered that Lyon has a number of impressive squares, of which this is but one). Prepared for a day of exploring, we found our way to the tourist office, which proved to be very helpful and which supplied us with a map of the city and its recommended attractions. Even with a map it took us a little while to get our bearings. There are two rivers, the Rhone and Saone, which meet at Lyon, and the roads certainly aren't laid out in a grid pattern. For example, at Place des Jacobins, there are seven streets all coming off the square at various angles. Navigation, at least initially, was quite a challenge.

    Eventually we sorted ourselves out and were able to take in the beautiful scenery and architecture of Lyon. We discovered that our hotel is in the middle of a very upmarket shopping area, with Pucci, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and every other prestige brand one may or may not have heard of all within walking distance. Not that they would ever benefit from us being there.

    We first walked over the Bonaparte Bridge, bought two-day public transport passes then caught the funicular railway (cable car, in Wellington-speak) up the very steep hill to the Basilisque Notre-Dame de Fourviere, the massive cathedral which overlooks the city. We spent quite a bit of time in the cathedral and its precincts then took a leisurely walk down the hill to the city. We were certainly pleased that we hadn't pushed ourselves into walking up the hill, though many people did. At the bottom of the hill, we visited Lyon Vieux, the old town with its narrow cobblestone streets, and the nearby Cathedrale St Jean - also very impressive. Wherever one looks there are great things to view and to photograph.

    By then, we'd done quite a bit of walking, so after savouring some excellent local ice-cream we decided to rest up at our hotel for a couple of hours before setting off to forage for dinner. There weren't all that many restaurants in our immediate area and given the tone of the other shops, we thought the prices would be so high that we'd need a bank loan to get a bowl of soup. We decided therefore to head towards the the old town, where we'd noticed a number of restaurants in the narrow winding streets. It was around 9pm, and getting there after the 15-minute walk we got quite a surprise. There were just so many restaurants, side by side by side, with tables spilling out on to the footpaths and roads. And all of them were absolutely jam-packed. The place was like Park Road, Milton, or Wellington's Courtney Place, times fifty. Eventually, we picked out a place from the many which had tempted us, and had a really great dinner. The city's bridges and major buildings are all lit up at night, and it really is a beautiful place. We'd known very little about the city beforehand, but were certainly very impressed by the place.
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  • Day17

    A change in the weather

    September 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As mentioned already, we were really impressed with our hotel, and even though it's on a busy road, the double-glazed windows meant that we couldn't hear a thing. We set off as usual for our petit dejeuner of jus d'orang, croissants and café. The moment we stepped outside, we saw that there had been a change in the weather, with the calm warm night giving way to a chilly and very wet morning. Not that we were complaining, as the weather up to this point had been anything but wet, and certainly on the hot side. we dashed inside for our warm clothes and borrowed one of the hotel's courtesy umbrellas. The weather wasn't going to stop us, but it could cause us to modify our plans.

    Breakfast over, we headed once more over the Bonaparte Bridge to the old city. Much to our surprise, a whole big area from the end of the bridge and throughout the St Jean square had been transformed overnight into a market for pottery. Hundreds, and it must have been at least a couple of hundred, potters had set up their stalls and were selling a great variety of handmade pieces in all sorts of styles. Most of it was in absolutely beautiful taste, and if we'd been in the market for tasteful ornaments, and had the money, we could have picked up the odd shipping container or two of beautifully-designed original items. We felt quite sorry for the stall-holders though, as their sunshade umbrellas were of little help in keeping them warm and dry.

    After a bit of a browse around we then caught the cable car, a different one from the previous day's, up to the old Roman ruins. Our rides weren't totally incident-free. At one of the stations, the automatic card reader refused to recognise Brian's day pass ticket, and at another, Mary's ticket wouldn't function. No big deal under normal circumstances, but what do you do when everything is automated and the station is totally unmanned? (Confession: Brian's problem was his own silly fault for being smart, because he was demonstrating to Mary how to use the automatic turnstile, so went back out of the station and tried to get back in. The system realised that he had already passed through and wasn't going to let him go through a second time). With the help of a couple of helpful but amused locals we found out eventually how to beat the system and were able to continue on our way.

    Having sorted things out and then explored the Roman ruins located high above the city. The rain had lightened off by then, which was good. We decided though that we should go to Plan B and make this largely a museum day, so we took ourselves off to the Gadagne Museum, which is nearby in the old town. The extensive main display is a history of Lyon from the 1st century BC, when it was known as Lugdunum, through to the present day. It was interesting, though hard to take everything in in one go. The museum is located in what was once a historic home, spread over four levels and with a maze of rooms. We found ourselves up and down numerous stairs and in and out of many doorways, but it was all very interesting.

    The museum was showing a temporary exhibition, also quite extensive, on the history of puppets and puppetry. It too contained a lot of interesting exhibits, mainly antique marionettes from various periods of history.

    After a largish lunch, neither of us was especially hungry, but we thought we'd head out anyway towards the old town where we could enjoy another beautiful dinner. It takes a while to get the hang of the geography, but we finally realised that it was an even shorter walk to the restaurant area than we'd realised. The only problem was that the rain had returned, which meant that nobody was wanting to sit outside and therefore there were far fewer tables available. Even before we reached the old town, we stumbled across a maze of old streets filled with restaurants on our side of the river. Very impressive, but at that time, round 8.30pm, there were no spare (dry) tables to be had. In the end, we decided to head back to our hotel and to fill up with a big breakfast the next morning instead.
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  • Day1

    Lione: Città Vecchia, Le Traboule

    October 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I Traboule sono un vero patrimonio della città di Lione anche se altre città della regione Rodano-Alpi come Chambéry e Saint-Etienne ne dispongono.
    I traboule sono dei passaggi pedonali tra cortili privati di palazzi che permettono il transito di una via cittadina ad un’altra. Si considera  che esistono circa 500 traboule in città, la maggioranza si trovano nella vecchia città (215), nella Croix-Rousse (163) e sulla Penisola (130).
    I passaggi della Vecchia Lione risalgono al Rinascimento, e furono costruiti secondo il modello del patio romano con le sue gallerie e pozzi nel cortile. Nel quartiere della Croix-Rousse, invece, i traboule sono più recenti essendo nati assieme alla costruzione di palazzi adibiti agli operai di seta: erano molto utili per trasportare la materia tessile attraverso la città rimanendo riparati dalle precipitazioni.
    Oggi questi traboule sono considerati patrimonio storico della città e si dice che un vero lionese deve conoscere le loro posizioni!
    I traboule possono essere visitati anche se sono generalmente privati.
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  • Day1

    Lione: Place St.Jean, Cattedrale

    October 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Ai piedi della collina di Fourvière, è situata questa splendida cattedrale, sede dell’arcidiocesi di Lione ed edificio di culto più importante della città. Se siete in visita nella splendida città francese, la Cattedrale di Saint-Jean sarà per voi una tappa obbligata!
    La Cattedrale di Saint-Jean è sede dell’arcidiocesi di Lione, ed è l’edificio di culto più importante della città francese. Situato nella Vieux Lyon (‘Vecchia Lione’, il centro storico della città), la meravigliosa cattedrale si trova ai piedi della collina di Fourvière, a pochi metri dalla Saona, il fiume che bagna la città insieme al Rodano.
    La chiesa vera è propria è intitolata a San Giovanni (Saint-Jean, appunto), mentre il suo battistero è dedicato a Santo Stefano, in francese Saint-Étienne. Oggi, la Cattedrale di Saint-Jean viene considerata uno dei monumenti-simbolo della città, grazie alla sua bellezza ma anche e soprattutto grazie al suo immenso valore storico-artistico.
    L’attuale struttura della Cattedrale di Saint-Jean sorge su una chiesa romanica preesistente e, secondo la tradizione, venne fondata da San Pothinus e Sant’Ireneo, i due primi vescovi di Lione; la costruzione cominciò sul finire del XII secolo, per poi essere completata solo 3 secoli dopo. Già prima del suo completamento, la Cattedrale di Saint-Jean era stata teatro di importantissimi avvenimenti, come ad esempio la consacrazione dei papi Clemente V e Giovanni XXII. Le prime parti della Cattedrale che vennero costruite furono, sul finire appunto del XII secolo, le parti basse dell’abside (con le due cappelle laterali) e il transetto; furono poi completate le volte gotiche, le torri orientali e le prime quattro campate delle navate, qualche anno più tardi (primi decenni del XIII secolo), durante i quali vennero completate anche le vetrate del coro e i rosoni del transetto.
    Tra il XIII e il XIV secolo, vennero invece completate le ultime quattro campatedelle navate e la parte inferiore della facciata. La stessa facciata, venne poi completata nel XV secolo, con la statua di Dio Padre che venne collocata sulla parte superiore nel 1481; venne quindi aggiunta quella che viene conosciuta come la Cappella dei Borboni.
    La Cattedrale di Saint-Jean subì gravi danni in diverse occasioni: fu danneggiata dalle truppe calviniste (1562), durante la Rivoluzione francese e durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale.
    Come detto, la parte più antica della Cattedrale di Saint-Jean è l’abside (1165-1180), in stile romanico-lombardo, sul fondo della quale troverete una splendida cattedra in marmo, databile alla metà del Duecento; da notare l’influenza dello stile gotico fiammeggiante nella facciata, i cui meravigliosi portali sono decorati con circa 300 formelle in pietra di forma quadrata; sulla sua estremità, potrete ammirare il sontuoso rosone centrale, sopra il quale svetta la cuspide, inserita tra due torri.
    Nella parte interna, troverete un ambiente suddiviso in tre navate; all’inizio di quella destra, troverete la già citata Cappella dei Borboni, il cui stile gotico fiammeggiante è in netto contrasto con lo stile del coro, edificato circa 2 secoli prima, e dall’aspetto più ‘solenne’.
    Ma la principale attrattiva turistica della Cattedrale di Saint-Jean è sicuramente l’orologio astronomico, posto tra la navata centrale e il transetto destro. Costruito nel XIV secolo, subì importanti modifiche negli anni a seguire, come l’aggiunta di un meccanismo a carillon che scatta al rintocco delle ore, con delle statuette che rappresentano le scene dell’Annunciazione, un po’ come i famosi Re Magi dell’Orologio di Piazza San Marco a Venezia. Oltre a questa particolarità, da notare la perfezione dell’ingegneria dell’orologio, che gli permetterà di segnare l’ora, la posizione del sole e quella della luna con eccezionale esattezza fino al 2019.
    Un’altra grande attrattiva della Cattedrale è il magnifico organo maggiore, posto nel transetto destro, prodotto nel 1841 dalla ditta Daublaine et Callinet: si tratta di uno dei migliori organi di tutta la Francia! Di recente, è stata invece aggiunto l’organo Ahrend, realizzato nel 1974 per la Chiesa della Riconciliazione a Taizé, e spostato qui a Lione nel 1996.
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