Friday, 6 May 2011

Lyon Roars

Bonjour Petals,

Lyon is being presented by Clare, the Lyonaisse bouchon and McDonalds free internet….(great free internet, horrible coffee!)

This city has around half the inhabitants of Melbourne and a public transport system that is 10 times better.
Although generally it’s a trifle more crowded than this image suggests.

A wonderful range of architecture from Gallo-Roman to contemporary except for the “blanc-mange” of Fourviere basilica …
…even ran into some old acquaintances who looked a bit out of place spruiking for o/s trips.

Market, Croix Rousse

Weather has been too good… unseasonably warm as this Lyonnais sign attests but excellent for Market day at Croix Rousse and walking along the Saone

and wandering through the Traboule area

and the Musee de Beaux Arts

St. Maurice-de-Gourdans,
St. Maurice-de-Gourdans,

First trip in car to test the water…. Beautiful little Romanesque church, St. Maurice-de-Gourdans, very moving frescoes and simply elegant, spiritual
architecture which is why “Fourviere” looks so excessive.


Then on to Perouges “a-most-beautiful-village-in–France” .. 

Eglise, Perouges

We’ve had a fun dinner with Clare’s friends and particularly Anne and Bernard who have been such kindly assistance to her.
This first week has been pretty full-on and wombies legs are mere stumps after 18 hours walking in the first two days (if you please????)
I can say with some authority that that is no way to tackle jet-lag!
We are finding our feet so to speak, adapting to circumstance and finding a balance between what was planned and what is possible realistically

so will leave you lot with a pic of Lou XIV, always in the clouds…


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