I am just finishing posting a trip report about 1 week in Italy and two weeks in Croatia. After that I spent another two weeks in France. As with many trips to places like Croatia, which are costly and time consuming to get to from the US, I’ve found flying in/out of places like Italy and France not only breaks up what would otherwise be a multi-connection, long and expensive flight home but lets me combine some ‘different’ places. From Split we flew EasyJet to Lyon, France (for 45€ each, including ‘upfront seating’). My husband, who isn’t crazy about cities in general, and for some reason not to crazy about France either, flew home from Lyon and I styed on to explore more of Lyon, plus Marseille and Dijon. Since I doubt many people are planning to combine the places we went in one trip I think it would be more helpful to post this as a separate report.
So here it is.
The photos are here: https://andiamo.zenfolio.com/f667172952 (photos and trip report combine if you prefer to read it that way are here: https://andiamo.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/lyon-and-dijon-france-july-2019
I spent 3 nights in Lyon, one day doing a day trip to Perouges, another a half day trip to Vienne.
LYON – population of 500,000 the 3rd largest city in France. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site for its old town, Vieux Lyon, and it’s traboules. Lyon has a nice setting at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. The large island between them, Presque’ile, has several squares linked by pedestrian streets with a vaguely ‘Parisian’ like look. Unfortunately most were in the process of being re-paved and everything was torn up with construction equipment and a lot of jack hammering going on. Even without that, the comparison with Paris would be marginal. But the view of old Lyon across the Saone River is lovely.
Vieux Lyon - Reached by one of the three passerelles (footbridges) crossing the Saône from the Presqu’île, Vieux Lyon is made up of what was once three villages - churches and the ‘neighborhood’ around each (now all blend together) - St-Jean, St-Georges and St-Paul, at the base of the hill of Fourvière. Cobbled, pedestrianized streets lined with Renaissance and medieval facades really does have ‘Old World’ ambience. Place Neuve Saint-Jean, is the main square. The cathedral’s main façade lacks most of its statuary as a result of various wars but is still impressive and the 13th Century stained glass and rose window are in perfect condition. The most interesting thing is the 14th C astronomical clock, capable of computing moveable feast days (such as Easter) till the year 2019.