Friday, September 14, 2007

12 to 14 Sep - Lyon

View our photo's of Lyon
Hotel address - Hotel Premiere Classe Lyon Part-Dieu, 75 Boulevard Viver Merle 69003. Lyon
Cost - 89 Euros for the first night and 59 euros per night for the remaining 2 nights for a double or triple room with private bathroom.
Location - 3 blocks from the main train station, but quite a distance from the city centre, the river and the old city of Lyon. However trams, buses and metro provide easy access to all these areas.
Comments - Staff spoke English and were friendly and helpful. The room was quite small and the shower very tiny, but the room was clean, modern and quiet.

Wed 12 Sep (weather - cool in the morning & evening, beautiful & sunny during the day)
After consulting our internet research and the local tourist map we decided to spend the day exploring the old city. Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France (pop. 413000) and is set in the Rhone Alps region on the Rhone and Soane Rivers.

We bought a 1 day travel ticket that gave us unlimited travel on the bus, metro, trams & the furnicular. We took the furnicular up the hill (in the old quarter) and visited the ancient Roman ruins, the roman museum and the Basilica Fourviere Cathedral which provides a spectacular view of the city below.

Had lunch in the vieux quartier of Lyon, then Mark and wandered the cobblestone streets and looked at the Italian Renaissance architecture. The Mark & I headed back to the hotel for our afternoon siesta while the girls went shopping. The girls came back to the hotel to collect us and we all went back into the city for dinner & drinks.

Thurs 13 Sep (weather - cool in the morning & evening, beautiful & sunny during the day)
Bought a 1 day Lyon City Card (LCC - 19 Euros per person) that included transport, entry to a heap of museums and a river cruise.
In the morning we visited the Lumiere Museum (25 rue du Premier-Film, or Place Ambroise Courtois. Metro D, stop: Monplaisir-Lumiere) . Lots of old cameras and projectors, and lots of black & white cinematography running. The museum is the Lumiere brothers original home - very opulant, we think they were well to do even before they invented cinema.

We had lunch in the city at a cafe beside the Soane River then boarded the ferry for a tour of the river (Tour - Ile Barbe duration: 1hr). Lots of ancient buildings from medieval times with walled fortresses to fancy castles. The tour encircled "Barbe island" which was supposed to have been the home of barbarians in medieval times.

Went to look at a silk weaving factory, but got our wires crossed as the place we went to was only a boutique that sold silk, not a display of how they did it. As it was 5pm and they all close at 6pm we went for an apperitif instead and watched the crazy uni students carry on in the plaza!

Siesta time for Mark & I so we headed back to the hotel, while the girls continued to sip cocktails and window shop.

We were all knackered, so we had a "Quick" dinner near the hotel and an early night.

Fri 14 Sep (weather - still warm and sunny)
A lazy day today as we catch the train to Geneva at 3.30pm. A late breakfast and a visit to an Internet cafe to update our blog. Guess where the girls are? Yep shopping!

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