The picture at the top of this page was taken on a sunny September afternoon in Lyon. That’s the Saône River: one of two rivers that bracket the historical city. The other is the Rhône, whose path we’ll follow from Lyon to Avignon.

I first visited Lyon about six months ago, in the fall of 2013. I was delighted to find a friendly, pleasant and walkable city, with history at every turn. Our hotel, Le Phénix, overlooks the Saône. On the hill above: the ancient Roman city; we’ll visit the Gallo-Roman museum there; across the river: the Croix-Rousse district, formerly the centre of Lyon’s silk-making industry; and down the Saône, Lyon’s lively city centre.

Feel free to add comments and questions to these blog posts. Coming next: lots more information about Lyon and the Lyonnaise, before moving on to the other parts of our tour, Avignon and Paris.

A très bientôt!

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