… and the land of fruits and nuts: specifically, Berkeley! A smooooth ten-hour flight on a Boeing “Dreamliner” was a nice finish to a dreamy trip … (Read all about Dreamliners here.)
We didn’t expect to be hurtling across France on the Eurostar … but there was a huge glitch today with British Airways, on which we were scheduled to fly from Lyon to London. The folks at the Lyon airport couldn’t tell us anything about when our flight would go or whether it would be cancelled, so we got online and saw that we had just enough time to get back to town to get on a Eurostar to London, so we took the leap. If our flight from Lyon were cancelled there’d have been a good chance we’d miss our flight to San Francisco tomorrow. We saw later that our flight did go, but the train across France was still an adventure and a treat (and what if our flight had been cancelled? We’d have been seriously stuck)! We went through British customs in Lille and are thinking it might be a nice destination for another trip — especially with its being near Antwerp and Amsterdam … other places we’ve been wanting to go.
For our last (*sniffle*!) full day in Lyon, we made it to (among other places) the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône … voila: Rhône on the left, Saône on the right, and in the far distance, just the Rhône!
The beautiful and (relatively) petite neogothic Église Saint-Georges as seen from across the Soane River (just before crossing that inviting footbridge to the left!). As this site here explains, there’s been a church at this site since the year 550, but this one was built in the mid nineteenth century (so recently!). It was an appropriate day to be snapping a picture of a church (and peeking inside as well) since today was Ascension day, a holiday in France, which we discovered first thing in the morning upon finding our boulangerie down the street closed! Luckily a few other boulangeries were open, including one at the top of the Croix-Rousse (read all about that neighborhood here), where we had coffee and pastries, which we deserved, having made the climb up. We descended via more steep stairways (we’d gone up by a more gentle route!), a view from one of which is below.
Photo taken from the very steep and numerous steps leading down from the Fourvière Hill, after having visited the very ornate Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière at its top, captured in a heaven of roses in the photo below. Find a short slide show of the basilica at this site here.
Just one (upward-looking) glimpse of the “old town” section of Lyon. What a person can see these days is only the tip of the “old” iceberg, though; as this site here explains, human settlements in this area date back to 10,000 BCE, and the hill that rises up behind these roof-tops was the site of the original Lyon, a Roman city, established in 43 BCE.
Peaceful, sunny courtyard entry to the Musée des Beaux Arts … read all about it here.