Seven Hours in Lyon

I give up! My chronological order OCD doesn’t like it at all, but stuff it. I won’t force you to wait for me to restore the Paris video before telling you about everything else that I did in December. I’d be too cruel. So, here’s the story of the afternoon I spent in Lyon!

At first I wanted to go to Lyon for the Fête des lumières (the light festival/the illuminations) on the 6th December. Unfortunately, the Paris attacks happened, and the powers that be cancelled it. I understand and I don’t understand it at the same time, but I won’t start a political debate right now. Although, I had already bought my ticket, so I decided to swallow my disappointment and go anyway.

I’ll admit, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d been in Paris the day before, so I was still tired, and because I got back late, I had no time to research the main sights in Lyon. So, I turned up with no plan and no idea what to expect – just me, my backpack, some euros in my pocket and my phone. Very clever. My parents would have been horrified (sorry mum!).

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Turned up without a clue.

Fortunately, I have a friend who’s spending a year as an English teacher in a school in Lyon, so I sent her a quick message, picked up a map at the station office, and then I was off!

According to her, one of the best places was the Parc de la Tête d’Or (literally, ” the Golden Head Gardens”) – a big public park which had a zoo and a botanical gardens in it. She was right!

The park was gorgeous. I quickly found a bench and sat down to eat my lunch, whilst I looked around at the huge lawns and the deer in their field!

And of course, I had to go to the zoo! It’s been a while since I went to a zoo. I think the best way to tell you everything is through pictures, so voilà!

Not pictured: the Plaine Africaine (the African Plain). Ok, there wasn’t much to take a picture of. It was an enclosure of africain animals, and it had been designed so that there was a big fence of plants around it. It was to shut out the noise and some of the view of the animals so they wouldn’t be disturbed. It’s not a bad idea, actually. But there were peepholes here and there so you could have a look inside. I managed to see some zebra and I think some watusis (that’s what was on the sign in French, I don’t know what it is in English, I’m afraid!). They were definitely some kind of cow, but they were a bit too far away to see properly.

Anyway, I met up with my friend in the zoo, and then she took me on a bit of a walking tour around the city, including a trip to a second-hand book market. I bought two… Au bonheur des dames (in English ‘The Ladies Delight’. Or, ‘that book what the TV series ‘The Paradise’ was based off’) by Emile Zola, and a collection of letters by Madame de Sévigné (a famous French aristocrat from the 17th century). What?! They only cost €4 all together!

Here’s a gallery of our little walk:

But after my little tour, it was time to go back to the station. It was more like an afternoon in Lyon in the end. I wish I had more time to explore a bit more. There are loads of things to see and do which I didn’t have the time for. I will go back one day…

So, there you go! I have no idea how to sign this post off*…

A bientôt!

Ceri

*P.S. With no warning, obviously.

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