Lyon

Looking up the Saône towards 'La_Croix-Rousse'

Looking up the Saône towards La Croix-Rousse

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Lyon is the second-largest French metropolitan area after Paris, and as we had not visited in several years, we decided to spend a couple of days there at the end of April 2015. Two rivers come together in Lyon: the Rhône and the Saône. We usually stay on the peninsula, the portion that lies between the two rivers, and we spend most of our time there and in the old town and the Fourvière section, both located on the right bank of the Saône, the westernmost part of the city. On the left bank of the Rhône, in the eastern part of town, there are mostly newer residential sections or business districts, so it is not as interesting to us. One notable exception is the Parc de la Tête d'Or, a truly beautiful leisure area that includes a lake and a zoo.

We had planned to visit the park on May 1, our last day in Lyon, but whereas the weather had been very nice on April 29 and 30, it was supposed to rain all day on May 1, so we chose to take an earlier train home. Consequently, I decided to include some photos of a previous visit to Lyon on this page. Since this is confession time, I may as well admit that the photos taken from the top of the Fourvière basilica were not taken during this visit, either: it was just a little too hazy for that sort of thing. However, this should certainly not detract from your virtual visit. We hope you enjoy beautiful Lyon!


Basilica of 'Notre-Dame de Fourvière' The 'Quai Fulchiron' and the 'Saint-Georges' church

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

The Quai Fulchiron and the Saint-Georges church


Looking across the Saône to the Lyon cathedral The astronomical clock in the cathedral

Looking across the Saône to the Lyon cathedral

The astronomical clock in the cathedral


On the 'Place Saint-Jean' in front of the cathedral The 16th Century 'Maison des Avocats'

On the Place Saint-Jean in front of the cathedral

The 16th Century Maison des Avocats


On the 'Rue Saint-Jean' The 'Place Neuve-Saint-Jean'

On the Rue Saint-Jean

The Place Neuve-Saint-Jean


'Rue Saint-Jean' 'Place du gouvernement' 'Petite rue Tremassac'

Rue Saint-Jean

Place du gouvernement

Petite rue Tremassac


'Place du Change' A typical 'bouchon lyonnais'

Place du Change

A typical bouchon lyonnais


A street musician playing classical guitar 'Place Édouard Commette'

A street musician playing classical guitar

Place Édouard Commette


Café on the 'Avenue du Doyenné' Butcher sign

Café on the Avenue du Doyenné

Butcher sign


When in Lyon, we always stay here The 'Rue Victor Hugo' seen from our hotel room balcony

When in Lyon, we always stay here

The Rue Victor Hugo seen from our hotel room balcony


Pedestrian bridge across the Saône The more massive 'Pont Bonaparte'

Pedestrian bridge across the Saône

The more massive Pont Bonaparte


The imposing 'Palais de justice historique de Lyon' The 'Quai Romain Rolland' on the right bank of the Saône

The imposing Palais de justice historique de Lyon

The Quai Romain Rolland on the right bank of the Saône


Apartment building on the 'Montée du Change' Looking down the 'Montée du Garillan'

Apartment building on the Montée du Change

Looking down the Montée du Garillan


The 'Place Fourvière' with the statue of Pope John Paul II Inside the basilica of 'Notre-Dame de Fourvière'

The Place Fourvière with the statue of Pope John Paul II

Inside the basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière


The ceiling of the basilica The bell tower of the Chapel of Our Lady Outside the basilica

The ceiling of the basilica

The bell tower of the Chapel of Our Lady

Outside the basilica


Part of the northern wall of the basilica The view towards 'La Croix-Rousse'

Part of the northern wall of the basilica

The view towards La Croix-Rousse


The archangel Michael looks out over Lyon The Roman ruins south of the basilica

The archangel Michael looks out over Lyon

The Roman ruins south of the basilica


Looking down onto 'Vieux Lyon' Looking across 'La Croix-Rousse' to the 'Parc de la Tête d'Or'

Looking down onto Vieux Lyon

Looking across La Croix-Rousse to the Parc de la Tête d'Or


Looking down to the Saône The rooftops of the old town

Looking down to the Saône

The rooftops of the old town


Heading down via the 'Jardins du Rosaire' Looking towards 'La Part-Dieu' The 'Montée des Chazeaux'

Heading down via the Jardins du Rosaire

Looking towards La Part-Dieu

The Montée des Chazeaux


The Lyon cathedral Almost back in 'Vieux Lyon'

The Lyon cathedral

Almost back in Vieux Lyon


'Quai de Bondy' (right bank) 'Quai de la Pêcherie' (left bank)

Quai de Bondy (right bank)

Quai de la Pêcherie (left bank)


Looking across the Saône to the metallic tower of Fourvière The beautiful 'Place des Jacobins'

Looking across the Saône to the metallic tower of Fourvière

The beautiful Place des Jacobins


The fountain by Gaspard André A closer look from the other side Triangular building

The fountain by Gaspard André

A closer look from the other side

Triangular building


The Bartholdi fountain A closer look

The Bartholdi fountain

A closer look


The 'Place des Terreaux' The 'Rue Mercière' and its many restaurants

The Place des Terreaux

The Rue Mercière and its many restaurants


Façade near the 'Pont de la Feuillée Façade on the 'Rue Grenette'

Façade near the Pont de la Feuillée

Façade on the Rue Grenette


Looking down the 'Rue Grenette' 'Rue Henri Germain' 'Rue de la République'

Looking down the Rue Grenette

Rue Henri Germain

Rue de la République


Enjoying a stroll on the 'Rue de la République' On the 'Place de la République'

Enjoying a stroll on the Rue de la République

On the Place de la République


Heading south on the 'Rue de la République' 'Place Bellecour', the largest pedestrian square in Europe

Heading south on the Rue de la République

Place Bellecour, the largest pedestrian square in Europe


In the 'Parc de la Tête d'Or' 'Late 19th Century greenhouses

In the Parc de la Tête d'Or

Late 19th Century greenhouses


The lake at the center of the park A perfect place for a peaceful stroll

The lake at the center of the park

A perfect place for a peaceful stroll


Some of the trees in the park are gorgeous Jane Doe No. 13 (apologies to Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Some of the trees in the park are gorgeous

Jane Doe No. 13 (apologies to Mary Chapin Carpenter)


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