Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 14

Today was another cold day with more snow. We took the metro over to the west side of town past the Soane river. Here the city backs up against the Fourvière hill where the hidden Roman ruins are one of its many attractions.

This photo was taken on the backsteps of the Lyon Cathedral. On the hilltop you can see the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the communications tower.

We hit up a museum of miniatures where they create sets and prototypes for movies.

An attempt at a photo with Gizmo.

A petite french bar scene.

Back on the street........

A group of school children are playing and singing in the square.

A street vendor serving up fresh crepes filled with various goodies such as my recent crave Nutella.

We stopped in around 4 pm to this local dining spot.
With such little space to seat customers, we are quickly learning that it's common to be sitting elbow-to-elbow with other patrons. They took us in immediately and sat us in between two other tables with literally about 4 inches between us, and the wait for the food was a little long even by European standards. Overall the atmosphere and food made it worth it.

The view from the inside out.

French Onion Soup served up with a side of do-it-yourself mozzarella and croutons was a perfect way to warm up.

I had the hen with mushroom sauce and rice. So tender that the meat practically fell off the bone.

Steak with a potato au gratin.

Roger had the fondant du chocolat and I had the coup de creole which was a rich rum raisin ice cream in a delicious rum sauce. It was probably the best dessert I've ever had.

After lunch we ducked in to the Lyon Cathedral to get out of the cold. It was built upon ruins of a 6th century church and took nearly 200 years to build. This was the main church of the city from it's completion in 1476 until the construction of the Basilica.

(this pic is from "day 7")

One of the most amazing aspects was the astronomical clock built in the 14th century that still works.
Definition from Wikipedia: An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets. This could include the location of the sun and moon in the sky, the age and phase of the moon, the position of the sun on the ecliptic and the current zodiac sign, the sidereal time, and other astronomical data such as the moon's nodes (for indicating eclipses) or a rotating star map.

Notice the zodiac signs such as scorpio, leo and taurus.

Watching the snow from our balcony.

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