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  • Day110


    September 24, 2017 in France ⋅

    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.

  • Day111

    Au revoir Lyon

    September 25, 2017 in France ⋅

    Today we leave Lyon, fly to London, pick up our hire car and drive 460kms to Whitby. By we, I mean Alan drives ... but he does get to drive on the correct side of the road again. More about Whitby in the next post - I have more photos of Lyon to share.

  • Day109


    September 23, 2017 in France ⋅

    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 ⋅

    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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  • Day99

    Lyon, Old Town

    September 24, 2017 in France ⋅

    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 ⋅

    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

  • Day446

    Day 447: Exploring Lyon

    May 7, 2018 in France ⋅

    Long drive for the morning, about 2.5 hours south from Dijon to Lyon. Arrived around lunchtime and had another great meal.

    Lyon's old centre is world heritage site so we spent the afternoon wandering around and filming various bits and pieces. Quite nice and a lot to see as well. We couldn't check in to our Airbnb until 6:15pm and were a bit worried that we would be bored, but in the end we had to hurry a bit to make it!

    Our apartment's on the 13th floor of a building with great views across the southern city - slightly older building but still nice enough. Only here for a couple of days.
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  • Day32

    Lyon France

    May 26, 2016 in France ⋅

    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

  • Day32

    Saint Etienne to Lyon

    June 29, 2017 in France ⋅

    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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