And so it was that I found myself in the St Jean area of the city this afternoon. This is, I have read, the biggest and oldest renaissance period quarter to be found in any major town in all of Europe, and that explains why it's full of tourists most of the year. So here are a few photos of it. Enjoy.
When you get out of the metro station you see this.
|A place where people go in an' pray an' all that|
It's the St Jean Cathedral. Now I'm not big on religion or anything but I readily admit that it's a wonderful edifice.
Then again, so is this. It's an English-style pub and it's a good one, because the boss and most of the staff are, actually, British, that which isn't the case for many other 'English Pubs'. St Jean has lots of British-style pubs which are full to the gills every night with the thousands of foreign students who live in the area.
These are typical of the colours used to paint the facades of buildings here....
|People meeting to plot an overthrow of the government|
|"A pound of Granny Smiths please"|
'All Aboard for Funtime', as Iggy Pop would say......
|Not as good as bumper cars|
This place looks like some cheap Hollywood sandwich bar, but it isn't. This is Chez René Nardone, an ice-cream maker which has existed since 1899 and set up in Lyon in 1924. See the people queuing up? Yup, they're queuing up for ice-cream on a day when the temperature is 15%. That's how good Nardone's ice-creams are.
|"Un café liègois s'il vous plait"|
|Why does everybody wear black? No, seriously.....|
On a different tack for a second, it was just after having taken that photo that two young women approached me rather purposefully. I thought it was Christmas once again, of course. But then one of them asked me a question I have heard dozens of times since I grew my short beard. She asked "are you the actor who plays Doctor House?" Jesus, I don't even watch television so I have no idea what he looks like apart from the odd photo I've seen here and there, and having seen them I can't see too much resemblance, but oh well...
Anyway, I stopped for a couple of beers after that, after which darkness began to fall. This is a picture taken from the nearby river Saône as I began to walk back to the metro station. You can see the Croix-Rousse quarter up on top of the hill.
|Awww... innit pretty?|
Bad photo, sorry, but I've seen this young busker around town quite a few times over the last couple of years. He was singing 'Wish You Were Here' when I took this photo.
|A lead role in a play.........|
If only those walls and cobblestones could talk........
Time to go home, so back to the metro station with the cathedral. It had been lit up by this time.
|Lovely. Still not goin' in tho'....|
That's St Jean. A tourist Mecca, a magnet for students, and an architectural treasure which is a must-see if ever you're in Lyon.