Distance from base: 775 km
Lyon: also written Lyonsin English, is the third largest city in France and center of the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and the Rhône department. It is known as a gastronomic and historical city with a vibrant cultural scene. It is also the birthplace of cinema.
The Festival of Lights:(Fête des Lumières) is by far the most important event of the year. It was initially a traditional religious celebration: on December 8th, 1852, the people of Lyon spontaneously illuminated their windows with candles to celebrate the inauguration of the golden statue of the Virgin Mary (the Virgin had been the saint patron of Lyon since she allegedly saved thecity from the plague in 1643). The same ritual was then repeated every year.In the last decade or so, the celebration turned into an international event, with light shows by professional artists from all over the world. Those range from tiny installations in remote neighborhoods to massive sound-and-light shows, the largest one traditionally taking place on Place des Terreaux. The traditional celebration lives on, though: during the weeks preceding December 8th, the traditional candles and glasses are sold by shops all over town. This festival attracts around 4 million visitors every year;itnow compares, in terms of attendance, to the Oktoberfest in Munich.
The Murals of Lyon: In Lyon the walls tell stories, mostly very tall tales. While painting on walls is as old as time, the city has taken the art of modern urban wall painting to new heights with nearly 60 outdoor murals. Some are breathtaking flights of fancy; others are marvelous examples of trompe l'oeil, depictions of everyday life so realistic you could almost walk into them. Lyon's love affair with mural art is mostly due to a series of chance encounters more than three decades ago. In the early 1970sa group of local students got to discussing the closed nature of the art world, concluding that art was a form or expression largely confined to galleries and museums. Murals, they decided, would bring art to ordinary people. They would be direct, effective in portraying ideas, and free.
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Tour Date: 7 December, 2019
Returns: 1000 (December 8th)
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