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When the music is over, turn out the lights.

The Fete des Lumieres ends for another year


I learnt something this year: That a saturday night is a bad time to experience the festival of light in Lyon. There was just too many people. It was difficult to view anything properly and you could barely get in anywhere to get a decent meal. All the while I was just spending my time dodging people and trying to sprint from space to space. Because of this Saturday was largely a dissapointment. But when all seemed lost, Sunday came along and most people thankfully fucked off. Finally we got to view some excellent shows, one of my favourties being "Meme Pas Peur" which was simple and mystical, hidden away in one of Lyon's many dark corners. Also "Cosmogole", which was of a higher budget and dramatically lit up Ampitheatre des 3 Gaules.

A bottle of wine by the river and a jambon and fromage crepe later, and I was back in love with the weekend there, despite the sad fact that a lot of the restaurants put their prices up for the duration of the festival.

The best ones don't do that though, and they really are the best. The food, the wine, and the music all helped to illuminate Lyon. It's hard to leave a city that weaves such magic...


Posted by Craggy 13:45 Archived in France Tagged night france light christmas lumiere lyon december fete

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