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  1.  Toulon petit dejeuner.   13 October 2017, Friday.   Lyon, Toulon France
         Oct 13, 2017
  Toulon, Lyon, France  
  2.  Streets and traboules of Lyon.   14 October 2017, Saturday.   Lyon, France
         Oct 14, 2017
  Lyon, France  
  3.  Contemporary art at the MAC.   15 October 2017, Sunday.   Art Lyon, France
         Oct 15, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  4.  Musee des Beaux Arts .   16 October 2017, Monday.   Art Lyon, France
         Oct 16, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  5.  Lyon at Night.   16 October 2017, Monday.   Lyon, France
         Oct 16, 2017
  France, Lyon  
  6.  Lyon's Notre-Dame.   17 October 2017, Tuesday.   Lyon, France
         Oct 17, 2017
  Lyon, France  
 
 
 
1. Toulon petit dejeuner
13 October 2017.   Lyon  Toulon, France.
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1. Toulon petit dejeuner
13 October 2017.  Lyon, Toulon, France.
 
 
 
 

Our ferry arrived in Toulon at 7am. Soon after we were walking to the Gare de Toulon to catch the 11am TGV to Lyon. Lonely Planet has little to recommend about Toulon, Rick Steves doesn't even mention it, but I credit Toulon for a delicious breakfast. We were walking up a market street, the farmers and other vendors were setting up for the day, when we stepped into a patisserie and I had a delicious tart made of nuts and raisins with an almond filling. Mmmmm. Their cafe au lait was good too. The French, with their pastries, quiches, and espressos, serve my favorite breakfasts.

This patisserie was also notable to me by its customer-payment process, something I've only seen in Europe. It's all done by machine. People handle the food but not their money. Customers feed bills and coins into a machine that then dispenses change. Clever.

Nothing particularly notable about the TGV. It was fast and quiet but a bit cramped.

 
 
 
 
Gare de Toulon
     
 
 
 
Gare de Toulon
     
 
 
 
Gare de Toulon
     
 
 
Paul waiting for train
     
 
 
 
Paul waiting for train
     
 
 
 
Paul waiting for train
     
 
 
A good place for dinner
     
 
 
 
A good place for dinner
     
 
 
 
A good place for dinner
     
 
 
Lyon and La Saone
     
 
 
 
Lyon and La Saone
     
 
 
 
Lyon and La Saone
     
 
 
2. Streets and traboules of Lyon
14 October 2017.   Lyon  France.
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2. Streets and traboules of Lyon
14 October 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
     
 
 
3. Contemporary art at the MAC
15 October 2017.   Art, Lyon  France.
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3. Contemporary art at the MAC
15 October 2017.  Art, Lyon, France.
 
 
 
 

We took the metro to Lyon's Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) where we saw their "Floating worlds" exhibit. The three floors of mixed-media exhibits - found objects, music, videos, and interactive pieces - were entertaining but more Rube Goldberg than Picasso, which is where my mind goes when I think contemporary. The exhibits included:

- A small black room with a floor half-covered by popcorn and lit by black light.

- A fan blowing on a hanging light which occasionally illuminates a photoelectric cell that triggers a scanner that sends its scan to a computer monitor. Times 5.

- A book in a glass box whose pages are turned by a fan. Interesting only because the artist, Laurie Anderson, is one of my favorite musicians. I didn't know she made museum art.

- A video of cows and then cow-shaped kites titled Let's Make Cows Fly.

- A video where a woman comes out of a wind tunnel, sets up a music stand, takes out a flute, then plays. Wind blows.

- A video of 150 people dressed in black tearing out the black pages of a black book, throwing them down, then reassembling them.

You get the idea. At times I thought the most creative aspect of the exhibit was the descriptive text accompanying each piece.


Literally and figuratively, the artist accomplished the dissemination of logocentrism and its hierarchies, for the sake of the incommunicable and the imagination. From the MAC exhibit guide on a poem by Ewa Partum.

I suppose I'm sounding like a philistine.

 
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
4. Musee des Beaux Arts
16 October 2017.   Art, Lyon  France.
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4. Musee des Beaux Arts
16 October 2017.  Art, Lyon, France.
 
 
 
 

Lyon's Musee des Beaux Arts is located in a charming old building, a former abbey, in the heart of the city and adjacent to the beautiful Hotel de Ville de Lyon, or Lyon city hall. Its collection ranges from Egyptian antiquities to impressionist paintings. We came for the paintings.

 
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
5. Lyon at Night
16 October 2017.   Lyon  France.
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5. Lyon at Night
16 October 2017.  Lyon, France.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Lyon at night
     
 
 
 
Lyon at night
     
 
 
 
Lyon at night
     
 
 
Bicycles
     
 
 
 
Bicycles
     
 
 
 
Bicycles
     
 
 
6. Lyon's Notre-Dame
17 October 2017.   Lyon  France.
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6. Lyon's Notre-Dame
17 October 2017.  Lyon, France.
 
 
 
 

The Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere is a large church at the top of Fourviere hill. It's a large church, visible from a distance. The interior highlight is a set of six large, colourful murals, made of tiles, that tell the story of the Virgin Mary. After visiting the church we walked to the nearby Roman theater which is still in use for concerts and festivals.

 
 
 
 
Notre Dame is at the upper right
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame is at the upper right
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame is at the upper right
     
 
 
A lot of steps to get up the hill
     
 
 
 
A lot of steps to get up the hill
     
 
 
 
A lot of steps to get up the hill
     
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
 
Notre Dame
     
 
 
Roman theater
     
 
 
 
Roman theater
     
 
 
 
Roman theater
     
 
 
A mural of famous French people
     

The backside of this narrow seven-storey building is covered with a detailed mural featuring famous people in French history. It looks quite real, even close up, and reminds me of a similar, though smaller, mural in Quebec City.

 
 
 
A mural of famous French people
     

The backside of this narrow seven-storey building is covered with a detailed mural featuring famous people in French history. It looks quite real, even close up, and reminds me of a similar, though smaller, mural in Quebec City.

 
 
 
A mural of famous French people
     

The backside of this narrow seven-storey building is covered with a detailed mural featuring famous people in French history. It looks quite real, even close up, and reminds me of a similar, though smaller, mural in Quebec City.

 
 
Lyon seen from Fourviere hill
     
And with this post I'm done. We're packed for the flight home to Canada. It has been a great trip. The French people have been friendly and helpful, and the scenery has been varied and beautiful. Au revoir à la France.
 
 
 
Lyon seen from Fourviere hill
     
And with this post I'm done. We're packed for the flight home to Canada. It has been a great trip. The French people have been friendly and helpful, and the scenery has been varied and beautiful. Au revoir à la France.
 
 
 
Lyon seen from Fourviere hill
     
And with this post I'm done. We're packed for the flight home to Canada. It has been a great trip. The French people have been friendly and helpful, and the scenery has been varied and beautiful. Au revoir à la France.