Le parc zoologique a été créé en même temps que le parc. C'est le deuxième en France après la ménagerie du jardin des plantes, et le cinquième en Europe. Au début, on ne parlait que d'une ferme à... more
La Croix-Rousse, "colline qui travaille", pendant ouvrier et laborieux de Fourvière, la "colline qui prie", a été bâtie au début du XIXè siècle sur des terrains qui appartenaient aux communautés... more
Sur la place St.-Jean, devant la cathédrale du même nom, ne manquez pas d'aller voir l'Herboristerie. C'est l'une des rares rescapées de France, où elles ont toutes pratiquement disparues.
En effet,... more
Très tôt, une pompe occupa la place, puis une fontaine où l'on devait installer la statue du préfet Vaïsse.
La fontaine actuelle fût décidée en 1877. Sa réalisation fût confiée à l'architecte Gaspard... more
Theatres Romains. There are two amphitheaters. The larger one, Grand Theatre, is the oldest in France. It was built in 15 BC to seat 10k people and still used for open air performances. The smaller... more
La basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière domine la ville de Lyon depuis le sommet de la colline de Fourvière, sur l'emplacement de l'ancien Forum de Trajan (Forum vetus, d'où le nom de Fourvière), où... more
During the Great French revolution Lyons became "the released commune". The history of working-class movement included the well-known revolts of the Lyons weavers 1831 and 1834, and during the second... more
Fourviere hill: Basilica Fourviere
(accessible by funicular to Fourviere or by foot from Vieux-Lyon)
Fourviere hill: Rose garden
(accessible by funicular to Fourviere; by foot from the Roman theatre... more
What do you know about Lyon? Well, I just knew it was the second largest city in France. So if you need it, stop at the tourist office at Place Bellecour for maps and info. All you need is to step off... more
Breakfast was pretty much the same each day- bread and jam or zwiebacks called biscottes together with coffee and/or juice. However, with all the good things I had for lunch and supper each day, you... more
My main 'tools' of orientation (besides a map and a guidebook, that is) were the two big rivers that converge in the city of Lyon. The smaller one is called the Saone River. The bigger one is the... more
In order to discover Lyon you do not have to make other that to walk between the 2 rivers that cross it and crossing the center climbimg on the hill that surpasses it. If you spend a night in this... more
Try to get your hands on a free issue of Le Petit Bulletin, it's a small, weekly newspaper packed with everything that's going on in Lyon, theatre, movies, exhabitions, clubs, bars,.....
I found one... more
The Lyon metropolitan area, the largest in the Rhône-Alpes region, lies in a strategic location in the natural plain of the Rhone Valley. It is surrounded by the Beaujolais country in the north, the...
Our first views of Lyon were of the Place des Jacobins only two short streets from our hotel , the Grand Hotel Concorde. We were headed toward the walking bridge over the Saone River and had reached...
After bypassing Lyon many times on my way to other places, I spent a few days there in 2004 and really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know a real French city. I found it extremely...