Posts Tagged ‘view’

Up a different hill this time

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

It turns out Lyon isn’t the only place in France with an impressive basilica that sits upon a hill and overlooks the city below. Marseille’s version is the Notre-Dame de la Garde, which we set out to visit on a beautiful Saturday morning (after a healthy amount of rest, breakfast pastries and croissants, and coffee, of course). Despite being able to see the basilica from almost any point in the city, we weren’t quite sure how to get to it, so once we were in the right part of the city we simply resolved to keep walking in whatever direction continued our vertical ascent. It was a decent strategy since the basilica sits at the highest natural point in Marseille, and sure enough, it worked!

The basilica itself was beautiful, as were the views of the city (and the sea) that it afforded. It was a bit crowded for my personal church-visiting tastes, and much like the Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the amount of adorning detail covering practically every surface was nearly impossible to visually process, let alone photograph. But, I am very glad we made the trek up all the same! (Plus, I actually don’t think you’re allowed to visit Marseille without paying the basilica a visit.)

Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)

Photos taken in Marseille, France on November 13, 2010.

Up Fourvière one last time

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Something I loved about Lyon was the fact that no matter where you were in the city, you could almost always see the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière looming above. No matter what we were doing, the basilica was there doing it along with us, like a giant sitting on the hillside, a quiet but prominent and persistent friend, watching us play and laughing at our thoroughly un-French antics. (I admit that this illustration may be somewhat influenced by the fact that I am currently reading The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis.)

Lyon, France (Sep 18, 2010)

Photo taken in Lyon, France on September 18, 2010.

So, unsurprisingly, the basilica and the hill upon which it sits was something of a centerpiece of my Lyonnaise life. Due to its general impressiveness and historical and visual allure, as well as my silhouette-inspired interest in the lookout, I visited Fourviere more than any other place in the city. Sadly, since I needed to leave France sometime, there had to be a last trip up the hill for me! Happily though, I was accompanied that last time by Catie and her sister Emma, and the weather we were given was absolutely perfect. We even had a clear view of the alps from the top! (I had practically forgotten those even existed anywhere close to Lyon.)

Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)

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

There isn’t much here in Minnesota (where once again I presently temporarily reside) that could now fill the basilica-shaped hole in my life… The IDS Tower? The Mall of America? The Target Center? (I should quit my mocking for a moment and acknowledge that there is the somewhat impressive Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, but it is definitely not a part of my everyday life like the Notre-Dame de Fourvière was. For one thing, I can not walk thirty yards out my front door in Plymouth and see Saint Mary’s!) I will miss my giant French friend, but for now, when I look up I can be satisfied with the beauty of the snow falling from the cold dark Midwestern sky.

Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 11, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on November 11, 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.

Tiger Hill lookout

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The most arduous trek of the weekend was on our second day when we made the steep climb from our resort up to the lookout at Tiger Hill. Denise had the ingenious idea of wearing the same clothes that had gotten so disgusting with sweat from the day before. We all followed suit and were thankful we had, since a fourth of the way to the peak that was our destination I’m pretty sure we were all once again drenched in our own perspiration.

Once we reached the lookout that sits atop Tiger Hill, I had to take a few minutes to catch my breath and drink as much water as I could justify rationing myself right then (considering a good deal more trekking we had planned for the day). The view in all directions was spectacular, but true to my usual form I only took a few photos of it and didn’t really like any of them. I was more interested in the plateau itself: the local people who ran a small shop or two and were making lunch, the goat that wandered about, resting in the shade and eating bits of grass from time to time, the colorful swing that Catie found, and most photographically alluring of all – the men who were working on the foundation for a new structure next to the existing lookout.

Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)
Bandarban, Bangladesh (Oct 31, 2009)

Photos taken in Bandarban, Bangladesh on October 31, 2009.