Archive for September, 2010

Walk up the hill

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This weekend Catie and I decided to make the trek up Fourvière Hill to visit the basilica at the top. We took a long ambling route and walked a good six miles along the way. There is so much of Lyon to see! I am sure we have not even begun to scratch the surface. Mass was underway when we arrived, so we took a seat near the back and enjoyed the splendor of the cathedral and the beautiful French scripture, singing, and organ music.

Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)

Photo taken in Lyon, France on September 11, 2010.

Religion is not a part of my life, but I could see myself enjoying going to Mass in such a beautiful setting once a week here in Lyon. Perhaps the fact it is all in French and I can understand nothing they are saying aids in that feeling for me here.

After the church bells marked the end of Mass at the Basilica, we continued on to visit the Théâtres Romains de Fourvière, an ancient Roman theatre built originally around 15 BC. The scale was impressive to say the least – it seats about four thousand people now, but it used to house over eleven thousand. Usually “old things” in Europe just sort of get filed away in my brain with all of the other innumerable “old things” I have seen on this continent previously, but I found this theatre particularly awe-inspiring and moving. I wish I could catch just a glimpse of that theatre in all its glory, and see what a production two thousand years ago would have been like. Catie said she thinks they still put on shows in the venue, so maybe we’ll at least be able to have a modern day rendition of the experience.

Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sept 11, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on September 11, 2010.

From Bangladesh to France

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Through some series of strange events, instead of going back to Bangladesh for a another full year as planned, Catie and I have ended up living in Lyon, France for the next three months. Rather than try to explain this drastic change in our locale, I am just going to push forward and say that while I am very sad to not be returning to South Asia, France is unsurprisingly beautiful and so far I am loving it here. Catie and I have been to France before, but this is our first time in Lyon.

Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)
Lyon, France (Sep 4, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on September 4, 2010.