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Lyon, France – UNESCO World Heritage Site

George’s Travel Tidbits – Lyon, France

Lyon is located in the Rhone-Alpes region of France.
It is 229 miles from Paris and 50 miles southwest of Geneva
The Rhone and Saone Rivers converge to the South of the city.
It is the third largest city in France.

Lyon is famous for producing some of the worlds most famous chefs.
In its historical background Lyons economy was once driven by the production and weaving of silk.
Auguste and Louis Lumiere invented the cinematographe in Lyon.
Lyon boasts one of Europes largest parks – Parc de la Tete d’Or.

In Roman times, the capital of the three Gauls spread over the Fourvière and Croix- Rousse hills.

The city has gained acclaim for its famous light festival- Fete des Lumiere – which occurs on the
8th of December and lasts for 4 days.

Interpol has its headquarters in Lyon.

During WWII Lyon was a stronghold of the French resistance.

Lyon is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and has been proclaimed a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This UNESCO site will give you a long version of Lyon’s history
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/872

The below video posted to Youtube by Will Bloodfarm will give
you a good overview of the architecture in Lyon.

Things I like to do when in Lyon:
Walk the old narrow streets looking for areas that are not normally visited by tourists.
Take a leisurely stroll down the river bank.
Visit the silk weaving museum.
Enjoy a great French meal at one of the many fine dining establishments.

Spend some time admiring the “very cool” faux murals painted on the facades of old buildings in Lyon.

Tour the Basilica of Notre-Dame Fourviere – built in 1872 – and dedicated to the
Virgin Mary. Getting my exercise by climbing the 287 steps to the basilica observatory to
enjoy the magnificent view of Lyon.

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The Virgin Mary

 

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Inside of basilica

 

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Angel overlooking Lyon from Fourviere Hill

 

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Roman Ruins in Lyon

 

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Inside of basilica

 

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basilica hallway

 

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