LYON STREET ART SAFARI

Rivers, Romans and restaurants are what Lyon is famous for but whilst we wandered around discovering all those things we stumbled across some great street art.  So let me take you by the hand and lead you on a Lyon Street Art Safari.

Lyon Street Art Safari

We stepped out from our hotel right by the TGV station and headed towards the centre of town, round the back of the central library we saw this doorway adorned with a large besuited moose by Rauky.

Lyon is at the confluence of two big rivers, the Rhone and Soane.  The banks of the Rhone are perfect for strolling along and enjoying the view over the city, take a close look at the benches and you may be rewarded with seeing some tiny tiles.  I wonder if the tile was square when it was first applied and that the corners have gone as people have tried to remove it or if that was how the artist intended it to look.

Lyon Street Art Safari

The Romans weren’t daft, they occupied the high ground of Lyon with the best views.  In order to get up to see the spectacular amphitheatres we took a funicular train and got off at Minimes and as we walked towards the ruins this witty use of flaking plaster greeted us.  At first I thought it was a dog but realise that it must be an elephant.  What do you think?

Street Art Lyon

We walked back down the hill using a series of steep staircases called Monte des Chazeaux. As we turned the corner we saw this spray painted stencil urging us to drink real coffee.


A little further along these penguins are making the most of the bannister to have fun and slide down to the bottom of the hill.

Lyon Street Art Safari

As we sauntered back along the banks of the Rhone we spotted this seal and kingfisher on one of the pillars of the Pont de la Guillotiere.  How on earth did the artist manage to paint these?  Did they balance on a bobbing boat whilst a friend stopped it from drifting off down stream?  Nearly back to the hotel now, I hope you enjoyed our Lyon Street Art Safari.

We travelled to direct to Lyon from London by Eurostar and stayed just around the corner from the station in an Ibis Styles family room.

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“Is that sky writing?”  enquired the younger CW pointing skywards.  We all looked up at what looked like an L.  Then sure enough an O began to drawn.  We decided that the pilot was writing ‘I Love You’ until we thought that we were in Lyon and that ‘Je t’aime’ doesn’t begin LO.  He actually went on to spell LOU topped off with this enormous heart.

I’ve never seen a declaration of love spelt out in the sky before, have you?

UPDATE:  Wandering round Lyon the next day we noticed posters for a big rugby match the day before.  Lyon Olympique Universitaire or LOU vs Clermont.  Not a declaration of love for a person then, but for a team.  Unfortunately the message failed to fully galvanize the team as the final score was LOU 20 – 23 Clermont.

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