Monday, 13 June 2016

Beauty



Day 7 - Lyon
Monday, June 13th, 2016

Beauty

Everywhere we have been on this trip we have been surrounded by beauty – the incredible beauty of the scenery, flowers, valleys, vineyards and vistas to the art that you find everywhere.  Some of the art is a bit modern and I’m not really sure what to make of it – but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  

We arrived in Lyon early this morning and enjoyed a great half day tour of this 2nd largest city in France. We began with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for marvelous views.  It is said there are two hills in Lyon, one that prays and one that works.  This is the praying hill because on the top of it sit the Basilica of Notre Dame with its lovely golden statue of the Virgin Mary.  She is much loved in this city and the story is told that in the time of the plague the people prayed to the virgin to protect them from the plague and as it happened the plague did not besiege the city.
The basilica is beautiful, almost overwhelming as you don’t know where to look.



We continued our tour with a drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. We stopped at the “Painted Wall” and were mesmerized by what artists had done with the blank wall of this building.


 
 Next we took a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where we had free time to shop for souvenirs, eat ice cream or buy delicious French pastries

We arrived back on board for a special lunch called “A taste of Provence” As usual, it was fabulous.  The afternoon is free for folks to do whatever they like.  It is a cloudy and drizzly day so most folks seem to be taking the chance to just enjoy a bit of down time.  Paul and I went for a walk and got caught in the rain.
 
The other thing happening in Lyon today is a game between Brazil and Italy in the European Soccer championships.  There are already hundreds of fans congregating in a local park with a big screen where the match will be televised tonight.  It will be a raucous evening I’m sure.

Our itinerary has been changed on the trip due to high water levels on the Sone River so we are not going to be able to visit Macon although they assure us that our trip to Beaujolais will still happen tomorrow.

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