River Saône: Lyon, Restaurant Paul Bocuse

Wanderlust at the pontoon in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or

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The Rhône and Saône: The Trip From the Mediterranean to Saint Jean de Losne

For Wanderlust’s return trip to Burgundy there were no viable route options. She could get back in days on the Rhône and Saône rivers, superhighways on the scale of the inland waterways of Europe. Short of loading Wanderlust onto a … Continue reading

River Saône: Lyon, Street Scenes

Place des Jacobins

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.

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River Saône: Lyon, Architecture

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

River Saône: Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

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

The Saône: Lyon, Musée Miniature et Cinéma

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 Saône: Lyon, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière

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

The Saône: Lyon, Musée des Confluences

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

The Saône: Lyon

Wanderlust enters Lyon on the River Saône.

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