Â What a surprise Lyon turned out to be. I had heard good things about it and all reports were correct. I loved everything that I saw. Because we ate at Maurice’s cousin’s home for dinner the night we were there, we missed out on trying some meals inÂ a restaurant there-although we had a fabulous meal in any case. I was just a little disappointed that we didn’t have time to try something as Lyon is said to have the best food in France. We had such a huge meal with the French cousins that I wasn’t even hungry the next day and we ended up just having a sandwich on the day we left. Oh well, next time.
Â There were many buildings with really great paintings covering the sides. This one has very famous people from Lyon.
Â The St Jean Church had another huge wonderful clock similar to one I had seen before. This one also had an astrology section. As you can see it is the time of that most wonderful of astrology signs, Aries.
There was an extremely ornateÂ Basillica on top of a Fourviere hillÂ . Lyon, by the way, is very hilly. This church reminded me of Sacre Coeur in Paris and, in fact, was built during the same time. The decoration used was mosaic tile. This art is actually tile workÂ and shows Christians using prayer and faith to defeat the Turks in a sea battle.
Â A fabulous fountain in the square in front of the Hotel de Ville. I was disappointed that the scaffolding of the building behind was in place and was seen in almost every view. I learned that the French revolution really hit Lyon hard. Many important people were beheaded in this square of the fountainÂ including many architects and artists and the population was so decimated and destroyed that it was years before Lyon recovered.
Â A closeup of one of the horses. Can you see the steam coming out of its nose? I thought this was really cool.
Â There were all sorts of courtyards to explore with very intricate architecture hidden away. This was in a very old section of Lyon near the St Jean church. There were also many covered passage ways between buildings in another part of Lyon used by the silk makers to carry wares about. Maurice and I started at the top of the hill and walked down going through some of them. The silk makers needed very high ceilings for their 11 foot high looms so there are tall rooms with windows for light every where.
A look at just one of the stairs, not for the faint of heart or legs, going up to the church on top of the hill. There was also a fununcular, thank heavens.
Â Sometimes people ask me for recommendations of places to visit outside of Paris. I now add Lyon to the list. It was a fascinating and beautifully planned and preserved city. A must for any lover of France.