A few years ago I spent two months studying French in Lyon, France. I'd originally planned on going to Paris but a friend suggest Lyon. It was a superb suggestion. I've been to Paris. Big city. Nice. But I fail to swoon at the mention or thought of Paris. Lyon is magnificent and then some. It is an ancient city that was founded before the birth of Christ. Every Saturday AM and some Sundays I woke early and wandered with the camera.
The entrance to the Jesuit community. This particularly community is in what was once a monastery if Visitation Nuns (there were two in the city). It is the monastery in which St. Francis de Sales died. The community is located almost on the corner of Rue Sala and Rue François de Sales. Francis and St. Jane de Chantal are the founders of the Visitandines. I was told that my room in the community was the room closest to where Francis died.
Part of the cloister garth in the community. This kind of architecture is not characteristic of Jesuit community life.
The Cathedral in Lyon. The options for church photography in Lyon approach inexhaustible. Unfortunately, the main altar was obscured the massive photo during some needed construction/repair.
One can understand the architecture of the French Quarter in New Orleans after visiting France.
Lots of markets display their wares outdoors.
Another black and white architecture shot. Stucco photographs a lot better than glass and aluminum.
An afternoon beer or two.
Lyon is dotted with outdoor cafes.
Every time I see this shot I yearn to go out on a date just to eat here. It is an outdoor cafe attached to a larger restaurant. Totally romantic.
Bouchons Lyonnaise, the characteristic candy. The dark chocolate ones with the hand-writen sign on them are wicked expensive. It would be 35 euros (close to $40 for a half pound). The others are more reasonable
All day suckers to be sure.
Loved the façade of this building. I may have spent about 40 minutes shooting it.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD