Thursday, 21 August 2008
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Lyon is fantastic! Lots of big city appeal with plenty of character. Every second street we came across presented a great photo opportunity.
The big ferris wheel was the star attraction for the boys. I was pretty taken with the architecture, especially Cathédrale St-Jean (just when I thought I had seen enough church architecture).
Parking was a breeze. Huge underground car parks all around the city, they charge 1/10th of Auckland rates and they are all pretty empty - probably because public transport is so good. Yes - its been 8 months but my hatred of our Auckland transport system is still very much alive.
We caught the metro to the Cathedral which included a ride on a is a funicular up the steep hill overlooking the city. It was pretty cool. We then checked out the roman amphitheatre and tramped down the steep hill across the river and back up the hill on the other side in the direction of Croix-Rousse: the boys managed well and went to bed pretty early (for a change).
Check out Jack's practice for the luge event at the next Winter Olympics.
The speed was a little unexpected, something to do with a wet slide and plastic raincoat. Fortunately there was no damage but the playback provided plenty of humour for the rest of the day.