Lyon sleeps tonight

We decided against taking the ship’s Lyon tour today, assuming (correctly) that it would mostly cover places we’d already been. Instead, we had a more-leisurely-than-I-wanted breakfast before taking the tram up to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, which was filled with stands selling all kinds of food, from the most mundane boxed dried pasta (at only twice the price at Monoprix across the street!) to interesting sweets of many kinds to hanging whole aged hams to escargot.

We had lunch at Inch’Ka an Armenian restaurant in the food hall; possibly not the obvious choice, but I enjoyed it.

After lunch, we wanted to visit the Musée Lumière. The B metro wasn’t running, so we walked to the D metro and took it to the Monplasire-Lumière stop.

The museum was closed for travaux (construction), but we looked at their bookstore (mostly DVDs and Blu-Rays) and had a snack at Cafe Lumière. I happened to notice a bottle of Coppola Zinfandel at their bar and asked if anyone ever bought any – they don’t sell much, but there are takers. It’s a $12 wine in supermarkets at home; here, it’s more like $40. Location, location, location!

We had better luck with our next destination, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. I’d seen a description of it as “manageable”, but in the 90 minutes we were there, we were only able to see a small fraction of their sculpture and 19th Century painting collections.

We got back to the ship in time to hear our tour director’s talk about tomorrow’s Beaujolais tour, then we took a very short walk alongside the ship, where the galley crew was hard at work.

Bon soir!