Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Lyon - the Saône & the Rhône

Lillian:  This is a short post so we can show you our photos of the 2 rivers in Lyon - the Saône & the Rhône.      This is me and behind me is the Rhône.I think that most of these photos are of (or near) the Saône.
Elegant houses alongside the Saône, taken from the Passerelle Paul Couterier.

More nice buildings and - a barge.  There is something so lovely about seeing the barges and knowing that these are 'working' rivers - and that some goods are still transported by water instead of by road.

If you look closely, you can see red poppies growing by the fence ...

Here they are - so beautiful and fragile and ...


they were growing in a bit of wasteland at the edge of a car-park.

This dear little bird is a White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) - we saw these pretty birds in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.  The White Wagtail is also the national bird of Latvia.

This is the quay near where that birdie was - tracks still in the path and a busy bridge across the river ...
   It is the Pont Kitchener-Marchand and it has some rather nice statuary ...

The guy is catching fish - the lady is catching pigeons

Nearby was this rather elegant railway bridge - quite practical but look at those lovely curly-ques on the underside ...

We're not quite sure but that railway bridge is probably called the Viaduct Quarantine.

In 1944 most, if not all, the bridges in Lyon were blown up.  Just another of the crazy things that humans do during a war!  
Most of the bridges have been re-built but this one wasn't ...
Pont D'Ainay
You can find these 1/2 obscured plaques on the remains of an arch by the quay.   

 And to finish this post - a photo taken on a beautiful evening.  This is the Rhône and looking pretty with all its lights is the Pont de l'université.

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