After dinner at Abbaye of Collonges we made our way across the road to our ship to be taken into Lyon. We were to arrive in Lyon around midnight so quite a few of us with drinks in hand stood on the front deck to watch the lights as we meandered to out stop.
Lyon is the third largest city in France and the centre of the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. It is on the banks of the Saone and the Rhone.
As we made our way to our port you could be mistaken ever so slightly that you were in Paris. On our left on the hill was a replica of the Eiffel Tower. It is called Tour métallique de Fourvière (“Metallic tower of Fourvière a landmark of Lyon. It was built between 1892 and 1894. Back in 1914 it had a restaurant and an elevator that could take up to 22 people to the summit. Today it is used as a television tower and is not accessible to the public.
Once our ship had docked we made our way back to our rooms for some shut-eye.
There were two tours on offer the next day, a Lyon city tour with Silk Workshop and Lyon Culinary sightseeing tour. Both Muriel and I had decided to go on the Culinary sightseeing tour. More of Lyon on the next post.