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Two Days in Lyon

Riverboat Holiday

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We arrived in Lyon by riverboat mid morning on Thursday 7th July 2016. The cruise commenced in Tournus on the Saone River two days earlier with tours of Macon and Tournus.

Lyon is France's third largest city, founded by the Romans in 43 BC. It has been a prosperous city and retains many historic buildings, including small streets and alleyways in the old town.

Local guides took groups up the Fourviere hill to view the majestic Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere which overlooks the city. Nearby are Roman Ruins. Our guide then took us down to the old town where we walked the narrow streets and alleyways. We then enjoyed free time to explore the city, the wonderful old buildings, fountains, Opera House, restaurants and cafes. Naturally there was plenty of time for the ladies to enjoy shopping.

Overnight on board and then a free day in Lyon to explore or do whatever you desire! We returned to the city, walked the streets, enjoyed the coffee, and took to many photos.

Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere





View From Fourvierre Hill

Fourvierre Hill provides a great view over the city. On the day we visited it was crowded but after a few minutes we obtained a front row and a nice view of the city.




Our guide called time and the group walked down the hill, along the way passing the Roman ruins and soon arrived at the pedestrian bridge across the river and into the old town. Our guided tour was through the crowded alleyways and narrow streets, plenty of atmosphere and information along the way and then into the more upmarket area with beautiful historic buildings, fountains, Opera House, Churches etc etc. After an hour our guided city tour ended and we had the choice of returning to the riverboat for lunch or remain in the city and wander at leisure. We chose to stay and found many beautiful courtyards and squares, cafes and restaurants abound, and paradise for women who enjoy shopping!

Guided Walking Tour of Old Town

Our Guide - Lyon Walking Tour

Our Guide - Lyon Walking Tour


Plaque re Historic Building Restoration

Our Guide walked with the group through the old town for approximately 90 minutes, stopping here and there to give us details on the particular building, square or market. Some of the small lanes and streets were very interesting, however crowded at times. We all had a city tourist map and were given the option of returning to the river boat with her or staying on in the old town. We chose to stay and wander around, enjoy a cafe meal, and later another cafe for coffee and a rest.

La Fresque Des Lyonnais



History records the people in the above photo. How many can you identify?

Streets & Squares Crowded With Tourists


Place des Jacobins - World Heritage Site


The Jacobean Fountain


Theatre des Celestins - Place des Celestins

Theatre des Celestins

Theatre des Celestins

This Theatre is located a few minutes walk from the Jacobean Fountain.

The Passages

There are many passages in the old town, the first being built during Roman times. During the period when Lyon was a prominent silk weaving centre the passages were used by the silk weavers to move around the city. Also used by the Resistance fighters during World War 2.


Entry to a Passage


Inside A Passage[b[/b]


Exit/ Entry Passage - Plaque to Resistance Fighters.

Old Bookshop Next To Passage Entry


Resistance Plaque

Resistance Plaque


Rue Victor Hugo


Rue Victor Hugo


Park Close to River

We walked past this park on our way back to the Riverboat.


Confluence Shopping Centre


Back to the Riverboat

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