The texture of cities changes as you move through the streets. Pictures help capture the feel and vibe but they are never really enough. It’s hard to know a place if you haven’t tramped through the alleys and streets getting lost at each opportunity. Indeed, to really get the feel of the place you need to live there like a local. It may not be easy to arrange, but it is worth it if the chance presents itself.
The history of any city can be told in part through its buildings. In Lyon remnants of the work of the Romans, the first devoted civic builders to occupy the land near the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers, … Continue reading →
Lyon is not France’s top destination for museum art lovers. But like all decent sized cities in France there are good art museums to visit. We liked the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, the municipality’s art museum.
Lyon is the gastronomic capitol of France. Every capitol warrants a shrine and in this case its Lyon’s covered market, Les Halles de Lyon. In 2006, after renovations, Lyon’s market shrine was renamed Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, honoring the … Continue reading →
Inside a miniature theater at Musée Miniature et Cinéma in Lyon
One of the more unique things to see in Lyon is the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. The museum in Lyon’s old quarter holds collections devoted to the art of miniatures and to special effect techniques used in films prior to the digital age. Both portions of the museum are interesting. But of the two the exhibits of elaborate miniatures is the most distinctive and memorable; they are said to be unique in France.Continue reading →
The top of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière offers a great view of Lyon. Situated on a hill above the city’s old quarter and visible from the distance the basilica is iconic. The basilica looks good from below and Lyon … Continue reading →
Maybe the Musée des Confluences looks better in black and white.
Lyon’s Musée des Confluences is a newly constructed science and anthropology museum located at the site of the confluence of the Saône and Rhone rivers. Massive and ultra-modern, the building is impossible to miss if you drive by on the autoroute or cruise by on the river.Continue reading →
As we left Macon we were within range of our next major destination, Lyon. Lyon is a little less than eight hours by boat Macon. As long as we didn’t get distracted by another mooring, which we didn’t, we would make it easily in a day.Continue reading →
If we can keep up, which we often can’t, it’s good to follow the commercials down the river and join them in the lock. With no locks between Verdun and Macon, there was no need.
Having broken free of Saint Jean de Losne, at least for the time being, Wanderlust was on the loose. Heading south on the River Saône we figured we’d cruise to Lyon. And maybe, if we chose to be adventuresome, we would go as far south as Valence on the Rhône. The plans weren’t well considered and there was no end date, at least for the moment. We knew we would have to return to Saint Jean at some point in the not too distant future. For now Wanderlust was free to wander. The plans would be made as we went.Continue reading →
Ships pass in the night: In this case it’s Swiss Gloria, one of the many large river cruise ships that work the Saône and Rhône rivers.
After two nights in Verdun-sur-Doubs we pulled the ropes and pushed away from the bank. Without a bow thruster it was work and bit unnerving to get Wanderlust turned about as she drifted downstream with the Doubs’ current. Eventually Wanderlust’s bow was pointed downstream and she was headed down the short section of the Doubs to the Saône. Once on the Saône we turned to port and headed downstream with the flow. Continue reading →