So.. That whole walk 500 miles thing? Completed..
Today we quite literally walked a pilgrimage. We got up and wisely took the metro waaaay across town to the giant Parc de la Tete d'Or, named so because supposedly there is a gold head of Jesus buried there.. Or because it's a cool park with a big free zoo!
We found an entire greenhouse of exotic Texas cacti:
Saw lots of animals, about 300 of which were turtles:
There were rose gardens, a big lake and lots of children screaming in French, which is much cuter than in English...
We walked across one river to the Musee de Beaux Arts which contains Impressionist, Renaissance, and Medieval paintings, lots of Rodin statues and an Egypt exhibit. Apparently you are supposed to know to take the elevator to the top floor and go down, but the silly American girls just went through backwards and enjoyed it just as much.
That is an actual mummy head and hand...
Afterwards we needed some food and to rest our feet, we got sandwiches from a little shop and sat for a bit by the second river, the Rhone. Then we walked across the river to the cathedral of Saint Jean, where we lit a candle in memory of our grandpa, Louis Beecherl.
Next we wanted to visit the Vieux Lyon and Notre Dame de Fourviere, a beautiful church. We quickly discovered that in order to see this we had to literally climb a mountain. Stair after stair and windy little path after steep incline we hiked up to the top.
This was the hopeful looking beginning...
However the view was really great and worth the trek.
The inside of the cathedral was exquisite, every inch was a beautiful mosaic or carving.
Finally, after a long day on our feet we were ready to head home. Unfortunately this took another hour of walking tiny streets that wound in circles to the one main road to our hotel. We are not big fans of this part of town...
After a rest we hopped on the metro, a much easier way of getting downtown, to check out the popular Rue de la Republique. Unfortunately the stores were all closing, but I think we will appreciate that tomorrow when we hoist our backpacks on and head to Tours.
So, overall we really liked Lyon, it's a lovely city, and our feet recommend taking the metro.