Place des Jacobins
Là s'installèrent en 1236 les dominicains ou jacobins, dans un vaste couvent situé au sud de la place actuelle qui servait de cimetière aux moines. Au XVème siècle fut élevée une église plusieurs fois modifiée. La Révolution vendit les divers bâtiments comme bien nationaux, l'église servit d'écurie puis fut démolie en 1808. Le cloître abrita un temps la préfecture du Rhône avant d'être à son tour détruit. A sa place, sous le Second Empire, furent élevés les immeubles actuels. Faites le tour de la place :
- au N° 1 : immeuble construit en 186 par l'architecte Benoît Mouchon. A cet emplacement était situé l'imprimerie où Rabelais fit éditer son Pantagruel.
- au N° 4 : singulier immeuble construit par Pierre Bossan qui rapelle la basilique de Fourvière.
- au N° 9 : immeuble situé à l'emplacement de l'ancien couvent dont la façade est flanquée de deux atlantes barbus.
The metro is useful, but Lyon is best seen on foot. The metro system is rather bizzare in that we always hopped on without paying. In most metro stations around the world you have to pass a ticket through a slot before you can pass. In Lyon, there were no restrictive barriers; instead, there was a ticket slot but you could just walk around it! I'm not sure if this bizzare system is still in place or what the fine is if you are caught, but we went four days without paying....it meant we could eat out too!
Inside the Cathedral St.-Jean
The apse of the cathedral was started as Romanesque in 1180, but the style converted to Gothic art the lateral walls of the transepts and the finishing of the apse. Thus the end of the apse includes fine 13C stained glass windows and prominent Rose windows in each transept and another in the West end. The nave is tall with clusters of pillars around each pier and plain flat Corinthian tops. The apse is Romanesque as high as the clerestory with a Crucifix and two lines of ancient friezes.
Stade Gerland - Home to Olympique Lyonnais
One of the more well know soccer stadiums in France, mostly due to the tremendous success of reigning Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. This place has a more notorious connotation for American soccer fans, as it was the site of the humiliating defeat to Iran during World Cup '98. How the U.S. somehow managed to lose to a country that still freaking stones people to death in any sport simply shocking.... but I digress.
Big business and big atmosphere
Lyon is kind of like a mini-Paris, with great food, museums, and architecture. It is a center of technology and manufacturing, which is what drew me here to spend a couple days of our honeymoon. There was the possibility of a job in either Germany or Lyon, so I thought I'd check the place out, see if I might be able to convince my wife that it would be a worthy place to spend a few years.
The Musee des Beaux Artes rivals many of the museums in Paris. When we visited, there was a special exhibit of harps.
"A pleasant city"
I found Lyon to be pleasant, easy to navigate, and worth spending a few days. If I had a bit more time and money, I would have tried out some of the top-notch restaurants Lyon is famed for.