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.
Lyon sits right at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers; in this photo, the Saône is on the left and the Rhône is on the right of that spit of land, which is called Presquisle (almost an island), which is also … where we’re staying!
A celebratory-looking ice cream truck–National Theatre Ice Cream!–parked near the Southbank Centre (which includes the National Theatre) at 7:20 this evening.
Statue of Richard the Lionheart against the intricate gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament. Read all about it and its (fairly) recent conservation here.
The round table would be none other than King Arthur’s of course, which–who knows?–probably never existed, but this sign is based on a reproduction of the legendary original designed by Edward I around 1290 in honor of the betrothal of one of his daughters. It’s known as the Winchester Round Table, and you can read more about it here.