Lying Around Lyon


Laying… Lying… You figure it out.  We ended up staying two days in Lyon due to the high water on the Soane River.  And just in case you think I’m lying, here’s a picture of Roger demonstrating how high the water is (not much of a demonstration, I’ll give you that – but you CAN see that the river is lapping the stepped stairway.  It’s apparently high enough to stop a cruise ship.  Or someone wearing nice shoes.)

See? SO deep!

See? SO deep!

We commandeered a couple of bicycles and took advantage of the fantastic network of bike paths that traverse the city and hug the rivers.  Our first stop was the stunning “Confluence Museum” (that’s the building in the photo at the top and just below), which not only celebrates the confluence of the rivers Soane and Rhone, but the confluence of the elements of life.  It’s an intriguing museum – exploring myriad ways that humans observe life and death, our relationships to animals, to the universe –  it’s scope is huge and the interactive displays (in English and French, thankfully) really grab your interest.  We spent hours and could have stayed longer, but the gorgeous weather (and the Whit Monday holiday) beckoned.

A bridge with sofas and chairs

A bridge with sofas and chairs

Along with hundreds of Lyonnaise, we biked to the popular park D’Or (or maybe it had another name. I just made this one up.  I’m too lazy today to do any research.). Like parks…everywhere…this one had a zoo, a botanical garden,  a lake with paddle boats, screaming kids.  Even though I realize I am probably seducing you with my descriptions of this great park, you’ll have to content yourself with this photo I took – the only one in which all twenty thousand Lyonnaise are not in the frame.

Roses. And a gravel walkway. And a building.

Roses. And a gravel walkway. And a building.

After all the excitement of the park, we returned to the ship to relax in our stateroom (wait.  Scratch that.  This room is so tiny, at best it could be described as a ‘townroom’.  Or a ‘failed state room’.  Still, it’s comfy and quiet and someone makes the bed and cleans the toilet everyday.  And I’m not talking about Roger.)

That's all, folks!

That’s all, folks!

Introducing a new segment:  “Things You Don’t See in America” (some you should, and some you shouldn’t.  You be the judge.)

Cute doggie fountains in the park

Cute doggie fountains in the park

Slightly raised 'tracks' by which blind people can negotiate the train station

Slightly raised ‘tracks’ by which blind people can negotiate the train station

5 Responses to Lying Around Lyon

  1. Morgan May 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    I always love Rog’s role as a “prop” in your pics 🙂 As always, looking forward to the next installment! Props to Rog!!!

  2. Steve G May 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Elaine, you need to get Roger to take some shots of you!
    Although I do enjoy seeing Roger’s outfits
    Thumbs up on blind tracks
    Thumbs down on doggie fountains

  3. celie kennedy May 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi Roger and Elaine,
    What wonderful photo’s! You are certainly taking in all the sights. How fortunate you
    are to have these opportunities and each other to travel with.

    No cooking, cleaning etc.! A real holiday. Dan forwarded this to me.
    Stay dry and enjoy!

  4. Yvonne Flowers May 22, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    Hahaha, great blog, are you on a Uniworld Cruise??

    • Elaine Haydock May 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      Yes, Yvonne! The Rhone River cruise in the south of France. This ship, the SS Catherine is one of their newest ships – and it’s gorgeous!

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