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Lyon, Fête des Lumières

by Melanchthon Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 12:38:11 PM EST

Every year, beginning on the 8th of December, Lyon celebrates the "Fête des Lumières" (Lights' days).

Everybody put small candles on the windows sills and balconies and the whole city is lit with wonderful light shows projected on the buildings. For three days, the city centre is closed to cars and people walk in the streets and drink mulled wine...

Have a look:

Promoted by Colman - lots more pretty pictures after the fold.


Even the modern and industrial quarters of the city participate:

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Wow...

Beats my tourism diary...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 02:39:09 PM EST
Your diary gave me the idea...


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 03:12:20 PM EST
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Wow is right ... if he fixes that first image this is for the front-page tomorrow I think!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 03:14:49 PM EST
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Beautiful - good idea for next year.
by Fran on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 03:16:17 PM EST
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Your pictures reminded me of "son et lumière" at le château de Chambord, which I saw a few years ago and it was absolutely fantastic - they still seem to have some light shows in august.

Le château de Chambord

by Fran on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 03:35:42 PM EST
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Fabulous, Melanchthon. Can you tell us what or where the pictures are? (Number 2 that looks so like a kaleidoscope, for example?)

Refreshingly, it's a Festival of Lights, and not all Jingle Bells and Santa and stuff. It's about light through the darkest days of winter.

It looks laïque, it's probably gratuit, and it should be obligatoire.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 04:23:19 PM EST
The event takes place all over the city. The animated light shows are projected on the main buildings:
n°3 is the Saint Jean gothic cathedral, n°4 is the Jacobins square, n°5, 6 and 7 show the frontage of the Museum of Fine Arts, n°8 shows the City Hall... It's only a few examples of what you can see

It started 150 years ago as a religious celebration dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but despite big efforts from he catholic church, for the vast majority of the people, it is no longer religious...

It is gratuit and, for the Lyonnais, it is almost obligatoire...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 02:56:11 AM EST
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Thanks for this memory of my college years in Lyon a while ago...
It has turned into a big time celebration from what you show. Real nice.
by Bernard on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 05:32:02 PM EST
That's really something that we can be proud of in France and that you don't see to the same extent elsewhere - there is amazing talent to light up buildings, and a real will to do it in many places.

The most spectacular example is my beloved Eiffel Tower, which I am privileged to see lit up every night (a truly wondrous sight, even after all these years) and sprinkling every hour, but it is true of many other buildings, and not just in Paris or the big cities. Many villages will have really good lighting for whatever church, castle or monument they happen to be endowed with.

It's really nice.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 11th, 2005 at 05:58:29 PM EST
Thanks very much for the pictures. Yet one more place and festival that I must see.
by gradinski chai on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 01:16:23 PM EST
WOW indeed!! Thanks for these beautiful colours. I had seen a short clip on the news about the light festival but your photos really capture it much better. I like the way the architecture transforms itself into something new with the images layered over it.

I'm sure there must be a tourism and prestige incentive for these types of activities but I do have to say there is something to be said for cities investing in the arts!

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 03:35:16 PM EST
Utterly delightful, thank you Melanchthon.

   

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 05:34:42 PM EST
My wife says she wants to visit the city immediately. How long will this go on?

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 07:48:19 PM EST
It happens once a year, around December 8. Even if some coloured public lights will remain until New Year's Day, the light shows are no longer displayed.

You will have to plan it for next year (December 8-9-10, 2006)! And I will welcome all European Tribune addicts with pleasure!

BTW, more and more people are coming from afar to see it, so make your hotel reservations in advance...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 02:41:54 AM EST
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Merci, I will plan for the event and Paul Bocuse!

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 06:06:14 AM EST
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Let me know when you're coming to Lyon and I'll tell you where to go.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 09:14:06 AM EST
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you.
by wchurchill on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 01:00:23 AM EST


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