tours of lyon

day 4 CISL

zoe and I went to la musée de tissus (textiles) just because we wanted something to do. the happened to have a special exposee happening with pieces from spain. the textiles industry had quite the heyday in lyon, with brilliant minds at the helm. this was back when it wasn’t a computer program, yet these pieces were so intricately woven and embroidered, they were truly art. every piece was like looking at the minutes of someone’s life in each strand, pulled together to paint the picture of their time here on earth. there were so many priest’s robes and altar decorations that had threads entwined with gold and silver in the collection. there was even one that looked 3D, like the depictions of saints and jesus stood out from the velvet and looked very lifelike. toward the end of the museum, there were pieces from 4th and 5th century Egypt and the like, and those were mostly fragments. however, it was remarkable that people have known how to weave beautifully for millennia. I was sad to not be able to take pictures, but I spent a good and long time at each display to absorb all the beauty.

day 5 CISL

because it was Sunday, we decided to go explore vieux-lyon, which has a lot of churches and cool secrets. while it was a little on the touristy side, it was beautiful. all it took was walking to a side street where there were no people (they’re truly weren’t very many though because it was Sunday) and you’d find little interesting things. we had a map that told us where the traboules were; these are pathways between streets where you can see the buildings of the Italian, german, and French bourgeoisie of the renaissance. we went through quite a few and were taken by awe every time.


a road without people/tourists:

there wasn’t really any order to the places we saw, but I’ll summarize them; also, I know you don’t know what these places are, just know that they are. we visited la cathédrale de st. jean, which is huge and marvelously decorated to the last inch. there were some ruins behind the church where one of the oldest baptismals in gaul stood. we also saw st. georges, which was right next to the Saône river. Then there was st. paul, which was quaint but still very pretty. we then crossed the river to the presqu’île and ended up at place des terraux next to Hotel de Ville. We popped into la musée des Beaux-Arts and looked at the garden just to see some statues and relax for a bit. after that we walked down la rue de la république, which is one of the biggest ones (they use it for parades), and saw all the later architecture (we’re talking turn of the century Victorian style, at least that’s my guess). there, next to h&m and monoprix (a hypermarché), we visited the church of st. nizier. I do believe we headed back after that, what we estimate to have been 7 or 8 miles of walking.

inside la cathédrale st. jean:
and outside:

st. georges:

st. paul:
inside st. paul:
hôtel de ville:

a statue in the musée des beaux-arts:
st. nizier

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