Quinn has been planning all of our recent trips and they all seem to be to France. Suspicious. Lyon is about a 6 hour drive from where we live and costs about 30 Euro in tolls. Lyon is divided by two major rivers and is situated partly on a giant hill with part of the old town being on top and part on the bottom. We were at the top which means going into town is an easy downhill walk but coming back home at night required some strenuous exercise fueled by butter heavy French dinners.
We enjoyed this particular trip over the Thanksgiving holiday with our friends Elliot and Lisette, pictured below.
Almost every day of our trip we walked by this building. It had such beautiful colors and looked different in every light. I loved the gritty unpolished facade. Here are a couple pics of it.
We spent one day wandering around the city on foot and hiking up and down the big hill to get different views.
Two amphitheaters in one spot. I guess it is just easier to build a new one next door, than demo the old one.
Photo shoot along the way
Wouldn't be a European city without a magnificent church.
One of the oldest Roman aqueducts in the area.
This is a statue representing someone carrying the weight of themselves and symbolizes taking responsibilty of oneself. It is across the road from the city court office, which I jokingly referred to as the post office.
Lyon even has its own free city zoo right inside the city limits.
One unique feature of Lyon is that it has the confluence of two rivers at one end of the city. They have really capitalized on the double river front property by adding nice walking and biking paths along both rivers. They have a city bikeshare program so we spent about 5 hours riding bikes up and down the river through the parks, and down to the confluence.
This is the amazing building at the confluence. It is a natural history museum.
Of course, they even had a Christmas market and I really enjoyed this one because it had a lot of hand made items. I bought a pretty shell shaped necklace. I will try and feature it another time. Here are some night shots from our night on the town. Quinn led us in a bar crawl along the city that included a beer hall and also a cocktail bar with some very welcoming bartenders. When we walked into the cocktail bar we were the only ones inside. The bartenders in the back waved at us enthusiastically before we had the chance to get away and treated us to French hand crafted cocktails (one actually used his finger to stir the drink) and entertained us with jokes and cocktail knowledge.
We even found time to make a Thanksgiving dinner on this trip and enjoy home made breakfasts every morning. Luckily we are all into cooking delicious food so we split up the meal duties and enjoyed yummy treats with only half the work.
It was a really fun and laid back trip minus the hill climbing, biking for 10+ miles, and walking for hours around the city! No wonder our families are always calling our trips "boot camp." Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and had time for family and friends. This year the family part was accomplished through Skype but maybe next year it will be in person?