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At the Confluence

Friday 24th June 2022

Another wet day so the decision was taken to "give in" and visit La Musee des Confluences. This ultra-modern building stands at the junction or confluence of the Rhone and the Saone and offers a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions - from Natural History and Anthropology to the History of the Sioux and La Magique.

After our now-usual breakfast at Le Dandelion Cafe we purchased day tickets to give us unlimited travel on the city's transport system: metro, tram, funicular and bus. We found the tram stop but managed to board the tram going in the opposite direction to our intended destination, so stayed on and did a loop using the metro to take us to the museum via an "alternative" route!

The museum is an imposing structure and as with many of these buildings the first challenge is to find the entrance. Once through the door (umbrella and poncho safely stowed in plastic bags) we bought tickets and made our way to Level 2 - where the permanent exhibitions reside.

We spent several hours - with a break for lunch in the rooftop cafeteria - and enjoyed the museum very much. It is very well thought out and the signage and descriptions are in French and English. (Note, this is a great way to extend your vocabulary!)

Later we took the metro to the Hotel de Ville stop and made our way to the Place Sathonay where we found a lovely restaurant to have dinner on our last night. Again it was more modern French cuisine rather than the traditional Lyonnaise fare.

The metro / transport system is very clean and modern, with frequent trains and trams, and is reasonably priced. However, we decided to walk back to the hotel after dinner as the rain had finally ceased. Tomorrow we have most of the day to spend in Lyon before an evening flight back to Edinburgh.

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