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La Fete des Lumieres commence

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The first day of the event is the most special as burning candles adorn the ledges of many windows throughout the city. We took a guided tour through many traboules of vieux Lyon, traversing through buildings from one street to another, pausing to look at the wonderful staircases that take centre stage within the secretive courtyards hidden there. After finishing the tour to witness the astronomical clock in the St. Jean Cathedral, we sat down to some excellent Lyonnais food, before embarking on our own tour. Through the illuminated streets we waltzed in and out of the many sellers of vin chaud, grabbing the odd one as we did so. We passed the dominating presence of the Fourviere and watched the arrival of the precession to the Catholic basilica that is the tradition of December 8. After decending through darkened streets largely empty of tourists we emerged again at the Saone, before climbing back up to le Croix Rousse. Many of the light shows were magical. Photos to follow...

Posted by Craggy 00:58 Archived in France Tagged france lights light show lumiere illumination lyon december fete

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