July 12th, 2011

drinking bird


Like many people in France, I had been through Lyon on my way to the coast, but had never stopped to visit it. So this was my chance to finally explore it.

First we went to the Place Bellecour, a very large square with a statue of Louis XIV in the center [king for 1663 to 1715].
You can see it on the left in the photo below, while the basilique of Fourvières is visible on the right.

Fourvieres was built between 1872 and 1896 with private contributions. I am afraid I consider it singularly ugly, being a typical end of the 19th building with a jumble of styles and too ornate.

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Next, we visited "Old Lyon", which has a somewhat Italianate feel, maybe due to the fact that many Italian bankers lived there, and commerce with Italy was flourishing.

Courtyard glimpse

A staircase tower

Yet another view, with rather dead looking potted plants

To be continued!