Lyon

It took us 8 hours on Saturday to drive from Eze Bord de Mer to Lyon. The last 50 minutes were inside the city limits of Lyon, stuck in rush hour traffic! Fortunately, out hotel is at the edge of the historic old town, so once checked in we were able to walk a short distance to the ‘action’ First up was the Elephant & castle English-style pub for a pint (for me) and a wine (for Bev). With our thirsts quenched, we had dinner and then walked around the old town for a while to get acquainted.

Bev at the Elephant & Castle
Bev at the Elephant & Castle
A pint of Bombardier
A pint of Bombardier

On Sunday, we walked up the hill to visit the Basilica, a Catholic cathedral that overlooks Lyon.

View of Lyon from the Basilica
View of Lyon from the Basilica
Inside the Basilica
Inside the Basilica
A black Jesus figure in the chapel next to the Basilica
A black Jesus figure in the chapel next to the Basilica
Basilica, viewed from the old town below.
Basilica, viewed from the old town below.
A double selfie overlooking Lyon from the Basilica
A double selfie overlooking Lyon from the Basilica

After walking back down the hill, we walked around the old town trying to find some of the many traboules that still exist. Traboules are passageways within the old buildings that date back to the 4th century. They were used by silk merchants to move their merchandise quickly whilst keeping out of the weather. In the second world war, the trails were used by the Resistance fighters to help prevent the Germans from taking total control of the city.

Architecture inside one of the traboules
Architecture inside one of the traboules
Well and water fountain inside a traboule
Well and water fountain inside a traboule
Another well in a traboule
Another well in a traboule
One of the traboules we entered
One of the traboules we entered
A stone spiral staircase accesses multiple floors inside a traboule
A stone spiral staircase accesses multiple floors inside a traboule
Traboule passageway leads to an exit door
Traboule passageway leads to an exit door
Apartments inside a traboule
Apartments inside a traboule
Spiral staircase with apartments behind
Spiral staircase with apartments behind
Inside a traboule
Inside a traboule
Inside a traboule
Inside a traboule
One of the simple doors that conceal traboules
One of the simple doors that conceal traboules

During our visit, most of the doors to the traboules were closed and locked. When we first began to look, I was being too polite and by-passed closed doors. Then I realised that some of the closed doors weren’t actually locked, so I began pushing on all of the closed doors to try to find any unlocked ones, so that we could explore a few of the traboules. We managed to access several traboules and took a few photos.

In the evening, we saw a street artist and decided to sit for a double-portrait. He told us that it would take about 20 minutes each but, in reality, it was 45-50 minutes each.  But 40 euros for the portrait seemed to be quite reasonable.

Bev sits for the street artist
Bev sits for the street artist
Highlights being added
Highlights being added
I didn't realise that I was looking so miserable!!!
I didn’t realise that I was looking so miserable!!!

After the portrait, we had to scramble to find a restaurant that was still serving dinner, as well as to take a couple of night-time photos.

Basilica at night
Basilica at night
Cathedral at night
Cathedral at night

 

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