Lyon is such a pretty city.
The afternoon I arrived I walked around the Parc de la Tête d’Or, a large outdoor park with a zoo and a big lake in it that people were boating in! On one side of the park is the Musée d’Art Contemporian which had devoted three floors to Yoko Ono’s Lumière de l’aube installation. It was very weird but I liked it.
After that I went up to La Croix-Rousse, the settlement on the hill. Had a wander through the beautiful old buildings and lovely markets and boulangeries!
I watched the Bastille-eve parade which was pretty magnificent, every division of the French forces was there decked out in their uniforms, marching, shooting guns and singing La Marseillaise.
The next morning I headed up to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière – such a gorgeous church and incredible views of the city.
I wandered the streets of Vieux Lyon, the old town, below the church and had THE BEST ALMOND CROISSANT I HAVE EVER EATEN. Honestly they make NZ pastries seem like leathery old cardboard.
My afternoon was filled with yet more museums and galleries, with the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée des Confluences. The latter is a brand new building that looks sort of like a spaceship- sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of Lyon’s buildings but is still a beaut.