Fourviere in Lyon

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Aug 11, 2011

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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Friday, July 29, 2011

I know what you are saying "not another church or cathedral" but Notre Dame de Fourviere is something more than that. It rivals Reims and Notre Dame in Paris, in fact I am leaning towards it being the piece de resistance of churches.  In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian war, the citizens of Lyon prayed to Mary to protect their city from harm and they promised to build her a church, if their city was not destroyed.  Like good Catholics, they kept their promise, and Mary has her amazing tribute high on the hill in Lyon.  The site has been a holy place since 177 AD and the first mention of an earlier chapel dates back to 1168.  OK, that is your history lesson for today.  We also visited some roman ruins (only around 2000 years old) that are the location for a concert tonight.  Ben, I didn't recognise too many artists but Jack Johnson, Lou Reed and Sting were some that I knew.  Another great city for musicians. If you were here, I know where you would be going.

We also did a bit of shoe shopping.  Jo, you would have been in your element!  Kate, I hope the ones we  got you fit otherwise you will just have to wear socks with them.  We have managed the local transport system and for 4.80 euro a day you can use buses, trains and the funicular.   On our way back from the churches we came across a miniature and special affects museum.  Not necessarily something we would ordinarily visit but just awesome.   It showed how miniature sets were used in movies to create the effect of crashes, fires, destruction and dangerous feats.  It was in a 5 level historical building and showed the skills and talents of some amazing special affect artists.

Tonight we are dining close as we have an early start tomorrow.  We will be sad to leave Lyon and would like to return someday.
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Don Metcalf on

Hi Pete and DM,
Pretty sad when you cant get out of bed quick enough to find out what adventures you 2 have been up to.
I enjoy the history lessons but to be truthful I am right into reading about the food and dining.I must make sure I am exercising before we head over next year.
Had a great night at the BBall last night ,thanks to the Mulligans,watching the
Opals playing China.Opals got up by about 20.Great game!!!
Don Metcalf

dmandpeter on

Don, don't worry too much about rushing to read our emails as we open the computer each morning to see if there are any responses and to see if there are any updates from Oz. Thanks for the update on the basketball and great to read that the Aussies had a win. Now that we know your interest in the culinary delights of Europe we will focus on some of the eating experiences we are having. You and Wanda will have a great time when you get to Europe. cheers D-M

Narell Black on

That's it I am going back, I love that city, so glad you are enjoying it all. Had the family over last night and we were looking at the photos of Reimes which they were blown away by so it must be a very impressive church. We are a chance to go to Lyon as they have a great basketball team! No, that is all behind us, Alan has put in some serious time for the Olympics this week so should know soon. The weather looks amazing........ glad you got your shorts on it is so wet here and freezing. Missing our lovely relaxes breakfasts, our lovely relaxed drives up and down cliffs and all the great laughs. Enjoy.

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