CROIX-ROUSSE PLATEAU,A VILLAGE IN THE TOWN!
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The Croix -Rousse plateau on the top of the hill(around 240 m high) is like a VILLAGE in Lyon and its people often independant (see La République des Canuts association) say currently, when they are heading down to the Presqu'île, that they go down to Lyon
Once a working class district living in unique architecture,the CANUTS' (silk workers)apartments with oak-beamed ceilings and windows up to 4 meters high, often with mezzanines for family life,it is now a residential area with quaint narrow streets,daily open-air market,authentic bistrots,not fancy restaurants,squares for bowl players "boules lyonnaises",town crier,République des Canuts grape harvest in September.
The plateau features 2 mains streets: the Croix-Rousse boulevard housing the FALL "CHESTNUT" FAIR (mid-October to mid-November) and the shopping street,la Grande Rue de la Croix- Rousse.The centre of the "village" is at the crossing of these 2 axis:the Croix- Rousse square (METRO STATION CROIX-ROUSSE) close to the new esplanade Le Gros Caillou which was created during the construction of a new underground carpark Le Gros Caillou (very useful on the weekdays and on Friday,Saturday evenings,fees O,55 euro for 20 minutes).
We revisited my FAV DISTRICT (one of the most densely populated in Europe) in a sunny afternoon enjoying the recent renovation of the eastern end of the Boulevard and the views from the GROS CAILLOU (the symbol of the Croix-Rousse district) on the city and a bit further to the Alps..After a drink,we head up to the west on the boulevard where almost a one kilometer MARKET is held every morning (except Mondays) and turning right strolled the Boulevard des Canuts for enjoying the amazing mural painting of LE MUR DES CANUTS again,work of the CITE DE LA CREATION.
We had a quick rest in the lovely but a bit odd CLOS CARRET PARK,a 3300 sqm garden open in 2002 in place of dilapidated buildings,restaurant with its bowl court (Carret was a famous bowl player) and a carpark.
Agathe Argot,a lighting designer and the artist Jean-François Gavoty transformed this rectangular area in the heart of Croix-Rousse plateau demonstrating respect for its former atmosphere and identity.
After a glance and a shot to the MAISON DES CANUTS 10 rue d'Ivry....
a living museum about Lyon silk industry and a place where the Jacquard's looms are in use.Open from Tuesday to Saturdays (closed on bankholidays) 10am to 6pm,commented visits at 11am and 3.30pm,entry fee:6 euro,3 for students and free under 12.Shop
more info on http://www.maisondescanuts.com