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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

798 steps

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

We’re not in New Jersey anymore! In case you couldn’t tell from the photo, it’s back to Lyon we go (at least blog-wise if not in reality).  Our goal on this day was to visit the Basilique Notre-Dame on top of Fourvière hill (above). There is a funicular that runs to the top but we decided to walk instead, taking two connecting montées. I addressed montées lightly in a previous post, but to refresh:

Montées, or rises, consist of winding flights of steps or steeply sloping streets that climb the Fourvière hill, providing superb views down over the old town. Each of them has their own particular charm.

Montèe des Carmes-Déchaussés has 238 steps.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Montèe Nicholas-de-Lange has 560 steps, making a grand total of 798 steps. That’s a lot of steps!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Looking back down over the city.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Along the way I noticed that once in a while there were paintings done on rocks that were imbedded in the wall of the stairs. Tiny, miniature paintings.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Our view once we arrived at the top. The sky may look threatening, but it never did rain on us, just a little drizzle.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I tried to stitch together a panoramic view.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


The Basilique from the front.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And inside.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

A beautiful mosaic in the crypt.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

A gorgeous tree on our way down a different montée. I think maybe it’s a chestnut??

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And finally, we make our way down the Montée des Chazeaux.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And on to lunch at a typical Lyonnaise bouchon !

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I hope you enjoyed your little tour of the Fourvière Hill and the Basilique!

Comments:

The ceiling took my breath away! What a beautiful place! Thank you for the tour!

What a beautiful place, I love those little paintings tucked into the rocks. 

Now, did you really count all those steps? I just know I would stop to look at something andlose track!

Jess, yes it is a beautiful church inside and out!

Susie, you crack me up! NO ... I did not count the steps. That info came directly from the tourist guide! If I had counted (with many breaks to catch my breath) I would have said there were 1,880 of those frickin’ steps!

Thank you such a wonderful tour… your photos and descriptions were superb!

Thanks for posting the photos of Lyon.  Dana will be spending next semester abroad there so looking forward to seeing that region again.  Will point her to your blog!

Every photo was like a painting…so pretty.  I really liked that almost 1/2 of the items on the menu were desserts grin

Margaret, thank you, glad you enjoyed!

Claire, lucky lucky Dana! There were earlier entries on Lyon too in case you didn’t catch them. More to come!

Debra, thank you! We could only pick one dessert to go with our meal—darn!

what fabulous photos lynne.
the little paintings on the stones are a delight.
and that sky at the top - we never get quite that blue in the UK, no matter how glorious the weather is

Letty, that was the *only* day with blue sky. The rest looked like the rest of the photos: gray. I took that photo the first day we were there which was lovely!

Love the photos of the rock paintings!  What a fun find!  what a view!  Worth the steps, times ten!

Wow, nice tour. I love the little paintings! What a climb - actually more of a hike than a walk, eh? But well worth it. The view is amazing.

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