FRANCE 2009: LYON FRANCE
September 8-11, 2009
Next stop was Lyon France, just a two mile train ride. We arrived at our hotel on Plaza Celestin right beside the Celestin Theater. The grand Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourviere
dominated the view from the old city.
The view of Lyon from the Basilica was magnicent from the River Soane below across old town to the busy modern city center, the second largest city in France.
Our city bus tour took us past the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and the Place de Terreaux with its magnificent horse fountain designed by Bartholdi.
Later in the week we visited the Cathedral St. Jean.
The Beaux Artes Museum with an amazing collection was located right across from Place Terreaux. And at night once again the Basilica and a communications tower dominated
the city skyline.
One of the most interesting museums was the Fabric and Design Museum that was currently hosting a show of Haute Couture clothing by Franck Sorbier.
One of the most interesting churches was the Abbey of Saint Martin of Ainy dating from the tenth century.
As part of college initiation rites, Jim joined in the fun by hitting one student in the face with a cream pie. Lyon is also known as city of fine restaurants.
One night we enjoyed half a kilo of mussels at Au Peche de Moules, and another night we tried typical Lyonnaise fare at Le Merciere.
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