Shearwin's in Europe 2018 travel blog

The modern confluence area

A 15th century building in Vieux Lyon

A covered walkway

Bird display Musee Confluence

Today was the first complete day in the same location since we arrived in France.

We had a relative early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to Vieux Lyon.

This is the old part of Lyon and we spent considerable time walking the streets noting the age of the buildings, their period design features and the proliferation of restaurants that now have taken there place. This a genuine historical area of narrow walk ways, cobble stone streets and leaning walls that deserves heritage protection.

After a brief coffee only break and having left the cafe without my iPad, we crossed back over the river to the commercial side of Lyon. Once again restaurants are in abundance and filling with business people as we make it to Rue President Herriot where all the high end fashion shops are situated.

Kaye purchased a shirt ( not high end but very nice ) before we decided on a drinks stop at Caps 6 and planned' our next move, trying to avoid having lunch.

Our plan was to walk the 4.7km to Musee de Confluence along the line of the River Seine which takes just on an hour. The route is all not all that attractive until we enter the Confluence area where new buildings form part of the areas rejuvenation. Trams access the area on a regular basis and offer an alternative for of transport home.

Kaye rested in the Cafe while I visited the Musee noting it’s very modern design.

One level has been set up for current exhibitions like the Hugho Pratt display on graphic arts which in my time would have been described as cartoons and a display on on the Tuareg people of Africa. Two other levels are dedicated to the permanent collection which I interpreted as a collection to educate - exhibitions of one off birds and animals. The were also small displays on creation, civilisation and thoughts on death. I could imagine it to be off considerable value to the many young children who were visiting at the time.

We elected to walk home along the east bank of the River Rhône arriving at 1630 hrs for a rest. We planned earlier to make an effort and find somewhere nice to eat tonight and just after 1900hrs set of for the restaurant La Tasse which won a Michelin award for 2018. We both elected the 3 course menu but different dishes. I won out on the best entree however our mains of pork and chicken were flavoursome however their resurrection from previous preparation left both on the tough side - as we commented, looks great tastes nice but missing the wow factor. Deserts of cheese and praline tart were simple but nice and as expected shared. The red Beaujolais matched well. Service from one friendly English speaking waiter ( doesn’t like Macron ) was very good and overall a pleasant evening with only a minor disappointment. We were home in bed by 2145 hrs having walked at least 15 kms for the day.

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