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Day 17 Lyon, lundi 23 août 2010 - To Strasbourg

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Woke up to alarm clock today at 8:30. Tired and felt achy as back still really sore across top and shoulders. Carrying too much again.

We went to have breakfast and packed sandwiches to have for our train trip which leaves Lyon at 10 minutes to 5 pm today.

After breakfast we took the Metro to go to Hotel de Ville. Got off one stop too late and it turned out to be a blessing. We then walked from the Foch metro station across a bridge, Pont Morand over the Le Rhône. It was a blessing as we got to walk over the bridge and feel the wind revitalize our bodies. Wonderful respite from the last 4 days of high heat and humidity.

After getting to Hotel de Ville and walking around the Place des Terreaux we saw some beautiful and incredible works of art. There were some very dramatic and stark pieces. One, the Bartholdi Fountain is the highlight and is named after the man, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi who designed it, as well as the Statue of Liberty. It has four horses which represent four rivers racing for the ocean. The statue is so well designed that you expect that at any moment the horses will break free of the chariot and race away.

I have been so very fortunate to have seen and many times touched all the beautiful sculptures. There has been an endless supply and I have never had more of a treat for the senses seeing it all.

They are truly great works of art when you feel like they could come to life as they have a flesh and blood quality about them and not hard as rock.

We saw the Opera House with 8 lovely figures at the top. I think they were all female figures as well.

Then to the cloister garden just as the sky opened up and there was a downpour for about 10 minutes. More statues and long halls with beautiful ceilings.

In Lyon I saw my first Petit Casino 24. Casino is the name of a chain of grocery stores in France. This one was like a very large vending machine containing grocery items and available 24 hours.

By now it was shortly before noon and we had arrived at the Fresque des Lyonnais Célèbres. Beautiful murals with French celebrities. See photos.

We then walked on the Passerelle Saint Vincent which was over La Saône.

Passed a few shops that were open and we went into the Tresor de Soie owned by Yves Cordin. www.tresordesoie.fr. He had many beautiful pieces of silk scarves in different weights and sizes. Also brocades, which I love, in two tones and a chrysanthemum pattern, tres Chinois. I did not buy a shawl from him because it is not an item I would often use. Margy bought herself a lovely turquoise silk shawl. The colour is fabulous on her.

We walked into the old Lyon where we saw a building called Un Saint Jean Hiver. I took a picture because it was a cool looking building. Turns out it is a unique and old building. It looks almost like it was placed there or everything was built around it.

Went to another traboule which was beautiful as it was a peachy orange colour.

Had lunch just after 1 pm at La Petit Glouton. There was a young woman standing in front of a stand that had two crepe making plates. She made an endless supply of crepes. Some plain as they would be used for savory dishes as people ordered them. She also made the dessert ones. Some of the flavours were fraise (strawberry), abricot(apricot), myrtille (blueberry), chocolate, Grand Marnier, rum and another flavour crème de marron.

I looked up crepes on www.epicurean.com and found the following information: “The word crêpe is French for pancake, from the Latin crispus, meaning crisp. In France, crêpes were originally called galettes crêpes, meaning flat cakes. The French pronunciation of the word is with a short e, as in bed. Crêpes originated in Brittany, the northwest region of France, where they rarely had fillings and were used as bread. Until about one hundred years ago, all crepes were made of buckwheat flour. Today, creperies that specialize in serving sweet and savory crepes are found throughout France. The savory pancakes, served as a main course, are usually made of buckwheat flour and called galettes, or galettes sarrasines, while dessert crêpes are made with wheat flour.”

I had the savory ham and cheese crepe, a bit of salad followed by a chocolate crepe for dessert and decaf espresso. I was super full and it was a good thing we had lots more walking ahead of us.

We then saw the Cathedral Saint John the Baptist. Yet another lovely church with organs, beautiful stained glass, and currently exhibiting works of art by a Korean person.

We finally got back to Place des Terreaux as we had walked some distance by now.

Walked up and then down Rue Romarin until we found the L'Atelier de Soierie.

I had really wanted to go to a silk shop in Lyon but because time was limited I didn't hold out hope. There were other places to see as well and our time was limited.

Getting to go to the Atelier was wonderful. When we arrived there a man showed us the silkscreening process of using the various colours to screen different parts of a scarf. They were all on a continuous piece of fabric. They did work for many of the museums including the Louvre. He explained that the design on the scarf he was working on was that of his parents.

On the wall were 10 boards showing the changes in a picture until you got the finished product, a silk scarf.

He explained that there are many screens for the one scarf each of which was a different colour. The dyes are all made by them and are quite thick.

We watched as he demonstrated the silk screening process and added a dark green.

After we went upstairs to the boutique where we were showing exquisite pieces of silk with vicose embroidery woven into the silk. They were flower petals and leaves. She explained and demonstrated the individual painting of each and we saw all the different colours.

They sold scarves, ties and handkerchiefs. I bought myself a gorgeous hand painted silk scarf with poppies which the lady herself had hand painted. There were of course a wide variety of colourful silk screened scarves. I liked mine for the lightness of it and the handpainted work of art.

We thanked them for their kindness and time spent showing and explaining everything to us. I gave each of them one of our Canadian Olympic loonies. They were touched and in turn presented me with a book on Lyon. Very kind and nice people. I told them that the visit was most special to us. Definitely the highlight of my trip to Lyon and one of the highlights of the entire trip to France. There have been numerous highlights and I have been so lucky to be on this trip. Each new city has given me something special that I will never forget.

Got back to the hotel just after 4 pm and boy can two strong and determined women accomplish a lot in a short time. I returned the room key and got the baggage locker opened up.

Margy returned from ladies just as we were bringing bags to reception area. My turn to ladies and then both of us bought scarves from their boutique and with an additional 25% off that wasn't there yesterday. Silk of course.

Rushed out the door with luggage and purchases and walked briskly to train station to arrive at 430 pm. Tres bon. Train is late 20 mins so we can breathe. We got here on time. We were both hot, sweaty and tired.

Train was finally ready to board 42 minutes after it was supposed to leave.

Got settled on the train in compartment 17, reserved seats 25 and 27. Ate my sandwich and drank my Orangina and read my book. Shortly after, I fell asleep for about 1 1/2 hours.

When I woke up and looked out the window I saw cows, a lone goat lying in a field and then flocks of ducks. This was countryside and nature. How great is this.

Eta to Strasbourg is 5 hours and. Marc will be picking us up in Strasbourg. We will then go sleep at Margy's apartment.

Posted by Sydney324 10:51 Archived in France

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