Saint-Georges church and footbridge, May 25, 2017
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.
Walls, lamp, May 25, 2017
Lyon roof tops, May 24, 2017
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.
La Basilique Notre Dame Fourvière, May 24, 2017
Vieux Lyon, May 23 2017
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.
Idyllic, May 22, 2017
Peaceful, sunny courtyard entry to the Musée des Beaux Arts … read all about it here.
Lyon, aerial view, May 21, 2017
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!
Houses of Parliament, May 19, 2017
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.
Collage, May 17, 2017
A veritable cabinet of curiosities: bust of Queen Victoria, pointing finger, round convex mirror, and blackboard listing bar food options, including (third on the list, scotch eggs). What are scotch eggs? A curiosity in themselves! Wikipedia defines a scotch egg thusly: “a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried.” Read more about all kinds of versions of them at this site here, which also notes, “one can judge a pub’s level of culinary ambition by its attitude to scotch eggs.” We didn’t try The Rose’s scotch eggs so couldn’t vouch for its culinary ambitions.