Friday, September 13, 2013

Open Doors


This weekend is the annual Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days). This event was created by the French Ministry of Culture in 1984 and soon other European countries began participating. For two days cities all over France open buildings and monuments that are normally not open to the public. Each city has its own agenda and it's all free. It seems like every nook and cranny of Lyon will be open and ready for visitors, including the opera, museums, the universities and many of their special collections, churches, city halls, many sites in the Old City, the aerodrome, the municipal archives, gardens, cemeteries, L'Île Barbe (island) in the Saône river, private homes of historical significance, galleries, historic restaurants and much more. The list of events in Lyon alone goes on for 32 pages! Why right here in Shake & Bake, just a stones throw from our front door, is the St. Clair Waterworks, built in 1856, which supplied drinking water to the city...I would love to go see the old basins below....

Lyon's 2013 European Heritage Days poster

2 comments:

Karen said...

Holy Cow! What an opportunity! You should definitely post some pictures and information on the places you visit.

Michelle said...

Karen,
You would especially love this. I didn't get to learn too much history on the visits I took unfortunately as we ran through several places in just a few hours.