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Visiting the great city of Lyon - and not at least; Bernard

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Stairway to the sky!

The drive to Lyon went very well and there was almost no significant traffic all way until 100 km before Lyon where we met a queue that lasted more than 40 minutes but never really blocking us. We arrived in Lyon after 6 hours or so, and found a city very much different from the Barcelona we just had left. There was almost no traffic and people in the streets; it was just like entering a ghost town.

My GPS quickly guided us to our hotel which was situated very centrally in the city between the rivers Sâone and Rhône. We found a parking space just in front of the hotel and there were no fee before Monday morning at 9 am. We checked in at the hotel that on their web photos had given an impression that it was a modern hotel; it was modernized but it still needed a lot to reach a stamp as modern.

Dancing in the Streets
To give you an example they had a chesterfield sofa painted in silver; that kind of modern.

We left the hotel just to find ourselves sitting in front of it having a beer a café Perl. We both took a Belgian beer since we anyway would be back in Brussels in little more than a day. We finished the beers and went for a walk in the old city on the other side of the Sâone. We quickly found out where all the tourist had gone; they were all walking there.

The area is very touristic and young; there are loads of bars, small restaurants and tourist shops. When this is said there is still a lot to look at; the houses are old, tall and narrow, with a lot of angles and see worthy details. I personally enjoy it a lot. We also took the stairs at Montée des Chazeaux where my exercise for the year 2009 took place. From up on that level of the hill you have a fantastic panoramic view of Lyon.

We walked down again and took a well deserved beer first at The Black Lion’s and afterwards at The Drinking Dog; there is apparently a link between animals and drinking in the city.

L'Entrecote
Afterwards we crossed the Sâone and found ourselves in front of the City Town Hall where approximately 100 persons were dancing Tango. We watched for a while and in the same time enjoyed the fabulous architecture of the Hotel de Ville and the Museum of Fine Art.

We stared to get hungry and we did not have Bernard with us so we just continued to walk towards our hotel looking for the decent restaurant of our neighborhood. We finally decided to enter at L’Entrecote and it was not that bad.      

   

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Stairway to the sky!
Stairway to the sky!
Dancing in the Streets
Dancing in the Streets
LEntrecote
L'Entrecote
Let me see - I would guess a Leffe…
Let me see - I would guess a Leff…
A Duvel in Lyon
A Duvel in Lyon
Sitting in front of the hotel
Sitting in front of the hotel
What the h... is this?
What the h... is this?
Is it an electric bike?
Is it an electric bike?
Our Hotel in Lyon
Our Hotel in Lyon
The be-lighted St Nizier church
The be-lighted St Nizier church
One of the two rivers. This is the…
One of the two rivers. This is th…
The evening sun along the Sâone
The evening sun along the Sâone
The bridges at Sâone
The bridges at Sâone
Flower option
Flower option
The hanging gardens of Lyon
The hanging gardens of Lyon
Next to the old city
Next to the old city
Walking the narrow streets
Walking the narrow streets
According to my friend Bernard thi…
According to my friend Bernard th…
Narrow streets
Narrow streets
Looking down at Saint Jean Cathedr…
Looking down at Saint Jean Cathed…
All the way down!
All the way down!
I did them
I did them
Small garden
Small garden
Colour girl and her baby
Colour girl and her baby
Lyon in the evening sun
Lyon in the evening sun
The Terrace Hotel
The Terrace Hotel
SAS Radisson sticking up!
SAS Radisson sticking up!
The Cathedral
The Cathedral
The Terrace Hotel
The Terrace Hotel
Mirror of a street
Mirror of a street
Hanging gardens
Hanging gardens
Stairs down again
Stairs down again
Stone wall
Stone wall
Local graffity
Local graffity
On top of each other!
On top of each other!
Stairways
Stairways
Inside a backyard
Inside a backyard
Inside The Drinking Dog!
Inside The Drinking Dog!
Fire alert
Fire alert
Gare Saint Paul
Gare Saint Paul
The river in the evening sun
The river in the evening sun
The river in the evening sun
The river in the evening sun
All alone
All alone
A look back
A look back
Dancing in the Streets on a Sunday
Dancing in the Streets on a Sunday
Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville
Town Square
Town Square
Somebody in there!
Somebody in there!
Museum of Fine Art
Museum of Fine Art
Running empty
Running empty
Always running
Always running
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