There and back – Always (Part 3)

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Conwy Castle, Wales. Summer 2013.

If you’ve followed along the last two weeks, you’ll know that we’ve been listing my favorite spots for every country that I’ve managed to visit. Last week I covered my quick stops but now I’m looking at the four countries that I actually have covered extensively and for much longer ranges of time.

So jumping right in:

1. England

I visited England in 1993 (though it totally doesn’t count), 2013, and 2016, but I lived in London from 2014 to 2015. Living in a place is so much different than just visiting it and makes my connection that much deeper. I’ve seen so much of this country, especially London – to the point where I think I’ve walked just about every area at least once – so it’s hard to pick just one place that makes me want to come back and visit time and time again.

In the end, with some help from my mom, I settled on Hampton Court Palace – though ‘settled’ seems the wrong word for it. Hampton Court is lovely and I would love to get my camera in there but more than anything I believe it is the interactive aspects of this palace that makes it worthy of multiple visits. Depending on when you go, they will have a rotation of historical story lines and scenes going on throughout the day that you can follow along and interact with. These stories lead you around the castle and through history.

When we visited, the scenes were from the point where King Henry V was trying to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to marry Anne Boleyn. We got to see these chief characters as well as varied named and unnamed courtiers who surrounded them. At one point the ladies separated from the gentlemen so this trip is great for groups who can get together between scenes like this to exchange notes.

2. Scotland

Scotland is one of the places I will never turn down a visit to. I was there in 2013 and again in 2014 but it feels like I have been here ao much more than this. I may have lived in London, but Edinbourgh is probably my favorite city in the world. I’ve had so much fun and cemented friendships here. In 2013, this city was a real turning point and it’s effected my view of this city forever.

Every time I visit I climb Arthur’s Seat. I’ve gone the long back way as well as the direct and both have been brilliant. It’s easy enough to climb in a dress and converse or workout gear if you really want to push yourself. You can do a quick 30 minute climb or spend the whole days picnicking and climbing through the different points.

3. Wales

I’ve been to Cardiff more than anywhere else in Wales and I was there in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Still, the place that sticks out most in my head – despite my Whovian tendencies – is Conwy Castle. This ruined keep was a brilliant day where I climbed over and over, up and down every tower and rampart parapet. Parts of these walls are not accessible but following along the great stones you can always find your way back up. Next time I visit, I want to stay longer and explore the area more. There are beach areas along the castle grounds as well as the town inside the walls.

4. France

Besides England, France is the country I have explored the most. I’ve visited with both family and completely by myself three times from 2011 to 2016 covering large areas of the country each time. Where I’ve written many love letters to Lyon and always recommend passing through if a person is at all able, old town ended up being my number two location in France.

In the end, Mont Saint Michel in Normandy is my top pick. I loved exploring and climbing through the old monastery but there is so much more I want to do here that I would happily go back to France just to come back here. I want to walk around the cities base as well as see area at high tide when you get to see the real inspiration for Disney’s Corona.



And that wraps up all the countries that I can actually count as having visited. In some ways, it feels like I’ve been everywhere but, in others, it’s more like I’ve been nowhere at all. While I’d give a lot to go back to any of these countries  – the areas I’ve been to or not – obviously I’m hoping to add many more to this list.

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There and back – Always (Part 3)

A wrap on Paris

Revamping the checklist.

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Paris in Grey. Paris, France. January 2016.

Today while flipping through channels, I stumbled upon the 1995 film, Sabrina. While the sum total of Paris seen in this film comes to about 25 minutes of the two hour film, it is one movie which has cemented itself as my quintessential image of the city. I couldn’t help but sit and watch Julia Ormond wander the familiar Paris streets and think back to all the sites I’ve been able to see and all those that I still hope to explore.

Which brings me to my trip out to Paris last February. After that trip, I made a list of all the things that I wanted to see and do next time I landed in this lovely city.

Just as predicted, this list was a phenomenal way to pick out what I wanted to cover when mom, dad, and I visited the city during my graduation week.

My dad hadn’t been to Paris in about 30 years so while we hit all the key ‘must see’ places – Sacre Coeur, Eiffle Tower (which I got to the top of this time), Notre Dame (which I also got to climb up and all over) and the Arc de Triomphe – I also got to cross a few of my own off the list.

The Musee Jacquemart-Andre is one of the museums feature in Audrey Hepburn’s How to Steal a Million. While I really wanted to run through the outer courtyard featured in the film, my parents and I were so happy with this stop. The museum is a converted mansion home which houses the old owners collection of art. Walking around this lavish house was amazing and I loved the final section where all the portraits were painted by the lady of the house. Again, a great experience: quick and inexpensive.

The Paris catacombs was just as amazing the second time around. After walking through again, I have one piece of advice: go quickly (meaning now, not rush through the site) and behave yourself. Despite the rigorous patrolling, this walk through showed that not all the bones – especially those in the design features – are holding up. So, if you can go in, do it before they either stop general walk throughs or it’s beyond recognition.

When it comes to the Moulin Rouge, I guess the third time is the charm. A few things you’ll need to know if you are going to the show is the dress code which includes no jeans or street shoes. They seem to be a bit lax in the non-peak seasons, but not following these guidelines could keep you out of the show despite having paid for tickets. You’ll also want to arrive early – more than you’d think. We arrived just before the suggested entry time and were pretty far back in the theatre. Seating is first come, first seated, so early is better.

So what’s left to see?

I want to finally manage a river walk along the Seine. I love river walks and, bringing back the Sabrina reference, this walk will give a new kind of perspective of this city.

And if you’ve watched the past two seasons of Vikings, you’ll know that we’ve covered the siege of Paris as well as the beginning of Rolo’s time living in the city. Seeing how vital the river and its surrounding area where in these events, I’m (still!) desperate to see the city with this in mind.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to travel back alone (or with companions willing to stick to my schedule) to do this bit of my wish list unencumbered as well as hit other French cities – I loved Lyon and Normandy so I’m thrilled to see what else this country has to offer!

But until I make it back, I’ll just have to keep planning and traveling along.

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A wrap on Paris

The only thing to fear…

Or the post I wasn’t going to write.

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Beacon in the Dark. Paris, France. February 2015.

This week, one of the worst things that most of us can imagine happened on the streets of Paris: armed terrorists attacked and killed unarmed civilians to further a cause that uses bastardized faith to justify both their means and ends.

But I wasn’t going to write about that.

Then this week, across all media and social media platforms, news of all kinds of disasters, all over the world – natural and unnatural, yet all terrifying – started to pop up in my feeds.

Still, I wasn’t going to write about this.

Then, one conversation caught my attention:

A fellow traveler, another American girl like me living abroad, had written how she loved being out in the world but sometimes it’s a scary place to be. An older family friend responded:

“Well, you should just come home right now and you’ll be fine.”

This is a thought so many of us have had: ‘If I’m home, where I grew up, where everyone knows me, I’ll be safe.’ In our heads, it is only out in the world that danger lurks.

But I think what human history has shown us is that just staying home doesn’t grantee us anything. These acts can happen anywhere, but it is my belief that if we just sit in our houses and watch these evens on our screens, we are giving ourselves a huge disadvantage:

It is out in the world where you gain the perspective to see more than your our tiny world, your own life; even if gaining those worldviews is a truly scary experience. I’m not saying traveling is the only way to get this perspective, but it helps.

So, I’m not going to sit here and write not to be scared, or that fear is the only thing to be afraid of (although there is wisdom in that), or that if you stay afraid and at home, you’re letting the terrorists win, because that will never be my point.

What I want to say  -in this long-winded way – is that if you want to go out in the world and learn, don’t let events like the one this past week be the thing that holds you back. As always, be safe in how you travel, where you go, what you do, but don’t hold back on experience and living and learning because of the ignorance of others.

Beyond fear, ignorance and, more so,  settling for ignorance is the thing I fear, so go out, be safe, be kind, be open, and travel well. Now and always,

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The only thing to fear…

This can’t be real…

…and yet, somehow it is!

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“At last I see the light!” Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France. June 2015.

The phrase “this isn’t real” seems to have become the catchphrase to this trip and for me this really started upon first setting eyes on the fairytale setting of Mont St. Michele.

This place looks so much like Disney’s Tangled’s kingdom of Corona that it almost stopped this fangirl’s heart—later my older sister explained that this was, in fact, the animators’ inspiration, so the comparison makes sense.

As I wrote last week, we took the Bayeux shuttle here thinking we’d get some historical and interesting information of the day’s sights. Instead, I got to nap in and out for an hour and forty-five minutes, give or take. Nice for me, but, for the amount of money we put in, this just didn’t seem worth it.

To reiterate, nice driver, but shop around for sure.

But, back to the beautiful world that is Mont St. Michele.

It’s easy to see how Disney animator’s would be inspired by this place. Between the winding streets, panoramic views and castle like features that make up the abbey, you’ll be singing a happy tune and thinking about braiding flowers into your hair as well.

This isn’t to say that only us Disney-philes will fall in love with this floating city. The abbey is rich with local history, religious iconography and sights any enthusiast would die for. And for any hiker or exercise lovers out there, climbing around the keep will definitely help meet you calorie burn quotas!

Truly a place for all types of travelers.

land out there...for now. Mont St Michel, Normandy, France.  June 2015.
land out there…for now. Mont St Michel, Normandy, France. June 2015.

But getting down to a few more details:

When you get past the parking lots you’ll have two choices: a cramped bus with two stops including getting to the final destination, or a thirty to forty-five minute brisk walk with tons of varied sites (we did the walk on the way back to the bus and it really was lovely!).

Mont St. Michele really doesn’t seem that big of a place—you can do a quick run through in probably two hours if you really push it and if you don’t want to do anything extra. We were there for two and a half hours and were able to wander the town a little, walk the ramparts, and tour the abbey with the audio guides.

So, what is it that we didn’t get to do?

There was no time to sit and eat a meal, we moved from one place to another for that whole period and we did not get to wander around the mountain city (If you can call it that) and that is actually one of the activities available.

When I get back here (and trust me, a full day is definitely in my future), I’ll be using both the walking options.

This abbey and city/town/whatever you wish to call it, it situated on a mountain surrounded by water at high tide. Throughout a good chunk of the day, however, it sits amid various streams, puddles, and sand which you are able to walk on. The “easy” walk is around the base of the mountain which is 960 meters/3.150 feet around and you don’t need any tour guide for this. however, you have to be very aware of the tides and it’s best to still check in with information just to find out the specific rules. You will need a guide if you choose to venture further out on the sands like older pilgrims (as well as more recent one’s) have, as there are some treacherous areas and features to watch out for, including quicksand.

In my next visit, I’d love to stay nearer this site (or take the train instead of a tour with a time limit) if only to see the water rise at high tide. Who knows, maybe I’ll bring a lantern and sing a little song! What can I say? I’m a Disney girl through and through. Trust me, there will be more to come!

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This can’t be real…

Americans in Bayeux…

…(Normandy) Again.

Point du Loc, France. June 2015.
Point du Hoc, France. June 2015.

Unlike in history, this time our American visit was all for fun (though, for some, there were a few tears as well!)

My mom and sister—as stated in my last post—are traveling through the EU starting in Paris, but as luck would have it, I was able to catch up with them traveling down to Bayeux. This is technically my youngest sister’s trip (as she never did a People2People program during middle school) which means that she selected the main theme of our tour: World War II.

Our first few days were spent running around and getting the lay of the land in Bayeux and Caen—we ended up just wandering around the castle which was awesome and getting lunch after failing at finding our way to the WWII memorial and museum (which was expensive!)— which was a lovely way to start our trip. Every museum we visited was well worth it and getting the three stop museum ticket really is paid off.

The third day in the Normandy area was a long but rewarding one.

We booked an American D-Day Tour with Bayeux shuttle which takes you through various important historical locations with commentary through both the very nice and knowledgeable tour guide and an automated multimedia guide called Mike.

This tour takes you through six scheduled stops (a seventh location is added in if your group keeps to the schedule!) with commentary and free time along the way. Being the American tour, all of these locations and history discussed involved the role that the Americans played in WWII, especially on D-Day.

The first stop takes you to La Cambe German War Cemetery. While this is a very short stop, all the information you get from why this is set up the way it is to information on bodies still being found across Europe, makes this really interesting—though for time and space I won’t go too deep into any details!

Sainte-Mere-Englis, France. June 2015
Sainte-Mere-Englis, France. June 2015

Next, we hit Sainte-Mere-Englis which many people know from the film The Longest Day starring big names such as John Wayne. There was a lot of history and sites to see in this little square. For me, a few ‘must not miss’ sites are: the gate across the square from the church which still has clear bullet indents from the historic, badly aimed paratrooper drop which can be seen in the very unique stain glass windows inside the church (yes, another must see). Finally, look up the clock tower of the church and you’ll see a dummy paratrooper hanging from one corner—fun fact: this is from the film mentioned above, but also happened in real life, except this soldier—John Steele—actually attached to the opposite side of the steeple. The more you know!

Utah Beach, France. June 2015.
Utah Beach, France. June 2015.

The third stop took us to the Normandy coast starting with Utah Beach. We learned at this site—as well as many others—through many lucky breaks and happenstances, really played their part in Allied successes. In this case, the fact that they landed on the wrong beach—which was far less fortified and led to one of the main access roads—and led to the great quote by Teddy Roosevelt Jr. “We’ll start the war from right here!” Quite the pragmatist.

Because we were all on time, here’s where we added in the bonus stop: Angoville-Au-Plain. Whether you are doing this specific tour or are off exploring on your own, this is a great and quick stop with an inspiring story attached. The story tells of two Doctors who risked their lives for their patients—both allies and German soldiers alike. The whole story can be read in Angeles of Mercy by Paul Woodadge and a percentage of the profit from each purchase goes to the church’s upkeep, a huge help for such a tiny community.

Back to the original schedule, we hit Pointe du Hoc and then on to Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach, France. June  2015.
Omaha Beach, France. June 2015.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Pointe du Hoc was a major strategic point that the Allies had to capture. And on top of all the things that just happened to go right for the Americans here—and some wrong things too—there are a few pretty funny things to note. One, when building strongholds for your big guns, double check your measurements to make sure the guns fit in later. Second, don’t send all your highest officers off on the same night for a birthday party—this is how the allies found and destroyed the big guns that wouldn’t fit in their new strongholds.

Omaha Beach was one of the bloodiest encounters for American forces in this whole war. There are a lot of factors from all sides that attributed to this, but it wasn’t until we were standing there on the sand and exploring, that we really understood the enormity of what these boys faced. We were there at low tide and the distance to cross without running for your life from beach to cover was hard enough—it really is indescribable. It felt very surreal—it’s a beautiful place but there is a dark history in its details which are hard to shake.

Omaha Beach from above. the Nprmandy American Cemetery and Memorial, France. June 2015/
Omaha Beach from above. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, France. June 2015.

Our final stop brought us to the Normandy American cemetery and memorial. This place is absolutely huge and I think having the guided cheat sheet our tour gave us really helped us navigate around and see everything we wanted to. One last thing of interest, if you walk along the edge closest to the beach, you are looking down at parts of Omaha Beach as the Germans stationed there would have—again, a surreal experience.

This tour lasted 9 hours— including travel and lunch, picking up at 8:30 and dropping us off at 5:30—but was absolutely worth the time, energy, and expense. Everyone we were traveling with would recommend it or its counterparts—they have and England-sentric version which we would have done if there was more time.

However, we went to Mont St Michele—I’ll be covering this next week!—the next day with this same touring company and the ride at least was nowhere near as informative despite the cost. Our suggestion: great option for tours like the D-day ones and all the people are very nice, but, to go to Mont St. Michele, you should shop around.

Anyway, as you can see, this was a very long day, but again, I would recommend it to anyone. If you are spending a while covering just this area, however, I would say to either start with this tour or get a really detailed guide book. You can easily spend days exploring these sites. We spent the day out there, learned a lot, and still barely scratched the surface.

If you are interested, more live pics can be found on my Instagram—just search gallatay and look for Taylor.

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Americans in Bayeux…

The Paris Wishlist…

Because you should always look forward.

Wishing for a Day Along the Seine. Paris, France. February, 2015.
Wishing for a Day Along the Seine. Paris, France. February, 2015.

Since I’ve been neck deep in exams and revisions, this week I’m dropping a quick post covering my Paris revisit checklist.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris twice, so I think I’ve managed to hit most of the major spots and areas of interest. And while seeing many of these over and over again isn’t a bad idea by any measure, there are a few personal musts that I just haven’t managed.

Above all, I want to finally manage a river walk along the Seine. While anyone whose read my posts up until knows my love of walking along cities’ river-ways, Paris has some extra significance as an avid media junkie.

Firstly, if you’ve watched this season of Vikings, you’ll know that we just covered the siege of Paris. Seeing how vital the river and its surrounding area where in these events, I’m desperate to see the city with this in mind.

The second reason stems from my love of the film Sabrina, though the 1995 Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford version, more than its earlier Audrey Hepburn counterpart. In the film, Sabrina talks about walking by the river until you find your favorite bridge or spot and then coming back every day to sit peacefully and have your lunch by the river. This is the idea which has really inspired my love of completing river walks in every city I can.

When it comes to places to see, I have a great need to go into the Musee Carnavalet (exterior) and the Musee Jacquemart-Andre (interior) —the museums which makeup the heist worthy setting of Audrey Hepburn’s How to Steal a Million. This is probably my favorite of her films—it’s a quirky comedy with a splash of romance and a young Peter O’Toole as a fantastic male lead—any evening spent with Ms. Hepburn is well worth the effort, but this one will makes it even better. I don’t even need to know what’s being displayed here—I just want to skulk around the museum as if I’m casing the joint. Maybe I’ll pick up a boomerang if they have any on hand.

Then, of course, it’s all about exploring cafes around Paris as all the stereotypes of French living emphasize. Again, as a media girl, I still have to figure out where Audrey’s Sabrina cafe hangout is, where she sat and wrote her letters home (to round out the trend). Maybe run by Le Cordon Bleu while I’m at it.

As for revisits, I’d love to go through the Paris catacombs again as well as explore Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur again on a clear day where I can actually see the city stretched out before me. While I’m in the area, maybe next time I’ll see more than the outside of Moulin Rouge.

That’s the checklist and, hopefully, I’ll be back soon enough to tick these off! But until then:

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The Paris Wishlist…

Traveling Lyon….

The practical parts of the city.

Panorama Place des Terreaux. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Panorama Place des Terreaux. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Last week, I wrote all about why I love Lyon, France, but in the whole long, loving ramble, I never really discussed the amazing things you can do there that make the city worth falling in love with.

Time:

Unless your plan involves getting started late in the day, or turning in early every afternoon/evening and exploring every part of the city, I would say a full two to two and a half days will give you a great sense of this city, while giving you a chance to see the sites. A rush job can hit the highlights in a day, but you will inevitably miss something and it wouldn’t be worth the price to get there. I was in Lyon for a solid three days and—with feet threatening to leave me—it was just a little longer than necessary.

Not that you couldn’t fill that time reexploring the sites around the city, but if you’re trying to get the most out of your time off—even taking your time—two days will get you through.

Transportation:

While getting to the city is a bit pricey, getting around once you are in it is cheap and easy to navigate—plus getting tickets on the underground/subway system is explained very well at the automated ticket booths with tons of practical choices. In terms of buying the tickets, you’ll want to plan what you are doing in the city (as you always do!) for the whole time you are there, or just buy as you go.

I ended up walking a lot more than I expected to the point where I really only took the transportation to get to my furthest starting points and then wandered through the city to get back to my hostel—even then, if I was strapped for cash, I could have easily walked the whole thing.

Of course, it’s nice to have an all-day pass if you tend to get tired or want to jump around a bit more. Just look at your options and see what works for you; again, the tickets don’t cost you much for the short while you’ll probably be staying.

Sights to see:

Now, I’ve already gushed on and on about OLD TOWN and what an amazing place that is to explore, so we’ll save time by saying check my Lyon tag where I’ve rambled on about old town in a few posts and, remember, you can push at doors and buttons near them to check out the many courtyards throughout this part of town—depending on how adventurous you are feeling.

Roman Ruins. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Roman Ruins. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Above old town, lies under the Basilique Norte Dame which you can access via a lift (get off at the second/last stop), but we’ll go the way I did. I got off at the first stop which brings you to the entry level of THEATRE ET ODEON ANTIQUES; Roman ruins. You’re free to run all over these theatres from the many stairs to the stages to the alcoves of the scattered buildings—just be careful and be safe; it’s all old and steep so you don’t want to hurt the buildings or yourself by going too fast.

Beyond the theatres, there are the Roman AQUEDUCTS and the CEMETERY OF LOYASSE which are supposed to be amazing, but I never made it out that far. As I said in another post, I ended up walking around with another traveler so we ended up looping back through the lovely parkways—which also deserve further exploration the next time I am in town—and up to LA BASILIQUE NOTRE DAME DE FOURVIERE.

This Basilique is beautiful and you can go in and explore if this is the kind of thing you are interested in but the truly amazing feature is the view from the outlooks around the cathedral. Lyon doesn’t feel much like city when you are a wandering it—more like a town you might expect to find Disney’s Belle wandering through reading her books—but from any one of these points, you really understand that this is indeed a city. As you look down and out, you’ll see that the city not only leaps two rivers (which meet outside the city) but crawls up hill and mountain sides in beautiful pastels.

If you’re a fan of street art (both official and not), then the MUR DES CANUTS and the wandering walk down between the Soane and the Rhone rivers is where you’ll want to be.

Mur des Cantes. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Mur des Canuts. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Mur des Canuts is a mural of the cityscape—it’s huge and gorgeous and there is an alcove next to it for anyone interested in its history, but it’s also pretty far above most your other sites as well as up a bit of an incline. I suggest taking the subway system to Henon and once you exit the station, it’s a straight walk to the mural.

Once you’re done, keep moving in the same direction and explore the area. It has the same feel of old town but something indescribable as well. I grew up in LA and have spent time on film lots—this area feels like it should be part of an old Hollywood picture—it feels like your being pulled into part of a story just by wandering. While you go, keep your eyes peeled because the art is everywhere and worth following just to see where you may end up next.

Literary Street Art. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Literary Street Art. Lyon, France. February 2015.

I wandered all the way down, zigzagging through the city, and stumble upon a many things, including a self-guided walking tour which starts around CASERNE ST-LAURENT and takes you through LES TRABOULES, letting off by the OPERA. I highly recommend this tour; you see so much of the city with plaques directing you and explaining things alone the way, great views and tons of street art to boot. Fair warning, however: this is a long walk (especially coming from Mur des Cantus) and there are a lot of stairs. In this direction, it’s mostly downward slopes but it’s worth paying attention to.

After reaching  the opera and taking pictures of the statues and whatever else you feel the need to check out, you can make a quick run to the other side of the—as I call it—central island to the MUSEE DES BEAUS-ARTS DE LYON. Even if you aren’t a fan of art museums, the architecture in the square is cool. There’s an intense horse fountain and the surrounding area is a must. The buildings are great, there are places to shop, and hidden gems of art murals that are just waiting for you.

River Walking:

I’ve done a segment before where I talked about my love for walking rivers—they are central to building cities (water, duh), so a lot of life stems from them. Lyon is great for this, but only up to a point. I went so far beyond that point that it got a little sketchy.

This is something I did on my last day, in bad shoes and I didn’t listen to my gut when I told me to turn around. NOTHING BAD HAPPENED—that needs to be emphasized, but following the river it turns out, takes you out of the city where things are less pretty.

I started pretty level with Gare St-Paul metro station and followed the river down to where they merge and back up the Rhone a little further than Les Traboules. Unless you have a friend and really good shoes, don’t do this.

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River walking. Outside Lyon, France. February 2015.

Firstly, you end up on deserted and sketchy paths walking across from the shipping ports where you feel like you might be in a horror movie—at this point you will not find a bridge to help you across to the center island until the merge and you are no longer in Lyon (Lyon is where the pretty stuff is!). On the way there are some cool things you can explore—a cool hiking path and a place you can imagine the weeping angels living in, but you won’t want to explore alone so really this is best for a group! The way back is less sketchy but by then your feel will hate you, and you’ll just want to go find a bathroom and go to bed.

There’s cool art as well along the walk but it’s really situated along the rivers inside or just out of the city limits. It you want to do this (besides the group stuff mentioned above!), walk the river from about where I started but when you reach an area filled with highway looking streets and a bridge near the underpass, take the bridge (it’s the LAST ONE!!), cut across the city and start again at the other side.

The rivers coming together is a pretty sight but really not worth the blisters, I promise.

Anyway, that’s about it. Ask any more questions and put this on the must-visit list, you won’t be disappointed.

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Traveling Lyon….