After getting up and dressed, we decided to wander through Vieux Lyon to try to find someplace fun to have breakfast. Turns out Lyon is much more of a night city...EVERYTHING was closed! We made our way back to the hotel and had breakfast there, where I actually used a little bit of French without freezing up.
Before setting out, I decided to get a little exercise up on the roof of the hotel. :)
We made our way across the Saône river. This is looking back toward Vieux Lyon; the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is on the left.
We walked through a really cool looking square (above), then made our way to the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon.
A tiny Statue of Liberty. It was a little surprising to see at first until I remembered oh yeah, France gave us the real one.
They had a neat collection of sculptures.
There were groups everywhere! We had to keep trying to get ahead of them or dawdle behind. I don't remember this many groups at the Louvre, but the Louvre is also big enough where you could easily lose groups if you wanted to. At one point we were walking through a room with a lot of Egyptian things and there was an actual mummy head and hand in a display case. Crazy!
After wandering around the museum for a little while we grabbed lunch in a cafe and walked around the more commercial shopping area of Lyon. We eventually made our way back to Vieux Lyon.
The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière sits up on the hill. The first part was built in 15BC, and it was finished up sometime in the second century.
Rather than walk back down the road to Vieux Lyon, we cut through a neat garden with steep paths and eventually made our way back down the hill. Since we had walked past it so many times, we figured we'd take a quick peek in the cathedral in Vieux Lyon.
We eventually made our way back to the hotel, grabbed a snack, and hung out on the balcony while we planned out the next few days of our trip. With the language barrier, we decided that winging it like we had in NZ last year wasn't necessarily the best idea here, so we booked hotels for the next few nights.