Streets and traboules of Lyon
14 Oct 2017    Lyon, France 
Streets and traboules of Lyon   
14 Oct 2017    Lyon, France   
 
 
 
 

Today we walked around the Confluence, where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet; the mid-town shopping area; and the old town, which is on the other side of the Saone river. I'm finding Lyon nice enough but it's strange to be in a big city after wandering the countryside and small towns of Corsica. I'm unaccustomed to crowded sidewalks and auto traffic. And there are so many choices that I feel a bit of decision overload.

As you can see from the photos the weather gods continue to bestow warm, sunny days on us (though the photographer in me would like clouds).

 
 
 
 
Buildings along the Savone
     
 
 
 
Buildings along the Savone
     
 
 
 
Buildings along the Savone
     
 
 
Musee des Confluences
     
Prominently located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, this museum brings to mind a space alien shedding its skin. Or maybe a space alien emerging from the earth. In any case it looks a bit alien to Lyon.
 
 
 
Musee des Confluences
     
Prominently located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, this museum brings to mind a space alien shedding its skin. Or maybe a space alien emerging from the earth. In any case it looks a bit alien to Lyon.
 
 
 
Musee des Confluences
     
Prominently located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, this museum brings to mind a space alien shedding its skin. Or maybe a space alien emerging from the earth. In any case it looks a bit alien to Lyon.
 
 
A TGV arriving at Gare de Perrache
     
 
 
 
A TGV arriving at Gare de Perrache
     
 
 
 
A TGV arriving at Gare de Perrache
     
 
 
A cool door
     
 
 
 
A cool door
     
 
 
 
A cool door
     
 
 
Electric bikes
     
 
 
 
Electric bikes
     
 
 
 
Electric bikes
     
 
 
E-bikes
     
 
 
 
E-bikes
     
 
 
 
E-bikes
     
 
 
Traboule entrance, #27 Rue St Jean
     
The old city’s traboules are dark and dingy passageways that provide shortcuts linking the old town’s three main north-south streets. These sorts of passageways are also found in the Croix Rousse neighborhood. Most were constructed in the 19th century by silk and other textile merchants so they could transport their goods protected from the weather. More recently, the traboules are credited with helping the resistance fighters hide from the occupying Germans during World War II. Today many of the traboules are free to enter and explore by the public.
 
 
 
Traboule entrance, #27 Rue St Jean
     
The old city’s traboules are dark and dingy passageways that provide shortcuts linking the old town’s three main north-south streets. These sorts of passageways are also found in the Croix Rousse neighborhood. Most were constructed in the 19th century by silk and other textile merchants so they could transport their goods protected from the weather. More recently, the traboules are credited with helping the resistance fighters hide from the occupying Germans during World War II. Today many of the traboules are free to enter and explore by the public.
 
 
 
Traboule entrance, #27 Rue St Jean
     
The old city’s traboules are dark and dingy passageways that provide shortcuts linking the old town’s three main north-south streets. These sorts of passageways are also found in the Croix Rousse neighborhood. Most were constructed in the 19th century by silk and other textile merchants so they could transport their goods protected from the weather. More recently, the traboules are credited with helping the resistance fighters hide from the occupying Germans during World War II. Today many of the traboules are free to enter and explore by the public.
 
 
Looking up in a traboule
     
 
 
 
Looking up in a traboule
     
 
 
 
Looking up in a traboule
     
 
 
Tower in traboule courtyard
     
 
 
 
Tower in traboule courtyard
     
 
 
 
Tower in traboule courtyard
     
 
 
Leaving a traboule
     
 
 
 
Leaving a traboule
     
 
 
 
Leaving a traboule