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  • 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

  • Day171

    Lyon-last stop in France

    February 21, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Misty morning and thought I'd go to the art museum before catching my 3pm blablacar ride. Museum closed! Went for a walk and found the porcelain museum and factory and scoped it out. Super expensive pieces. Bought a couple of small items at another store for about one third the cost. Waited for my ride and there was a problem with the car. Luckily Louise switched cars with her sister and so we were only 1 hour behind. Glitch number two-we fuelled up in Aire de Manzat and 15 minutes down the road Louise remembered she didn't pay the gas bill. So we stopped and she had to contact the gas pump and pay her bill. Another 15 minutes late. The ride all in all was great because we cruised at 130km/hr and we went through two national parks and the Loire Valley. She felt so bad that she dropped me off at my hostel door which was great so I didn't have to walk half an hour. Had my free drink on the house, a Caesar salad with chicken and Dijon mustard and another glass of red from the Rhone region. I met a girl at the bar who is from Montreal who was so happy to see a Canadian that she gave me a few free tastings from the region. Will have to get up early tomorrow so I can get some sites in before I take off to Lausanne Switzerland tomorrow.Read more

  • Day3

    Journée à Lyon

    May 12 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'OM

  • Day32

    Lyon France

    May 26, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Just as well we were early for the train trip to Lyon. No train but there was going to be an earlier bus and we got that. The driver was a cold mid forties guy, very abrupt. Caught our connection TGV train.Our map of Lyon left a lot to be desired. We walked forever it seemed, luckily a lovely older French couple passing by gave us directions.After an hour we got there.A room across a small courtyard, It rained a bit but mostly when we were in the Musee des beaux arts. I guess we spent 3 hours in there!!! Lots of beautiful paintings, antiquities from Egypt, Greece. So tired of walking. However we searched for somewhere to eat dinner... Near the hotel I decided on one lovely pizza and a salmon salad and beer Grimmbergen. No internet at all .Read more

  • Day9

    Lyons France Day 9

    May 5, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We left our lovely flat in the Marais and headed by train to Lyons to join the Viking ship Hernod for our river cruise. Due to spring rains we found the river boat would not sail as it would not fit under the bridges of the Rhone river. We were able to take in all the stops but had to be bused to each place. We enjoyed looking around Lyons and rented bikes to explore the city. We met some great people on the ship and thoroughly enjoyed the Viking hospitality.Read more

  • 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

    Lyon

    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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