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