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Lyon

We arrived in Lyon around 9 pm and it was a lovely sight. Unfortunately we were currently being entertained by French singer Dani and felt we could not abscond to take photos or videos - now I wish I had as we left the next evening and did not see Lyon at night again. Like so many cities around the world it has transformed its waterside and done away with the dreary old warehouses and markets and replaced them with multi-purpose commercial/retail/eateries and in Lyon's case has clearly thought outside the square. There is some amazing examples of breathtaking building architecture, including two by a Paris based NZ architect, Brendan McFarlane - the amazing orange and green 'cubes' - but there are so many spectacular examples of innovative architecture its hard to comprehend. The Council is currently transforming over 300 acres of land into mixed use (high end, middle and lower socio-economic) accommodation and this is apparently the biggest undertaking in Europe. In the morning we took the bus to the highest point where the very impressive Notre Dame de Fourviere dominates the skyline. This basilica has some amazing mosaic tile friezes and is another example of the OTT glorification of god. On the way up you see the old Roman ruins dating back to 43BC when the Romans initially built the town at the strategic confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. The bus dropped us in the old city and we wandered around the central city and back through the peninsular to the boat. We decided that we liked Lyon. Plenty of open spaces and wide boulevards with limitations on vehicular traffic that allows for the free flow of pedestrians. We had a brief downpour whilst we were in the mall adjacent to the boat, the first since we had left NZ. However it had dissipated by the time we walked back to the boat. We took another walk later to admire the new building architecture up close. Some of those we have included in the blog photo gallery. We had a farewell gala dinner (seemed to us to be a night early) with 6 courses including lobster tails - the chef was keeping his standards very high! We sailed from Lyon as we dined onward to Macon.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 12:49

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6 courses - super jealous, i think the food sounds like the best part of the cruise for me! haha

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