Lyon, FR

Volume 13, Issue 47; 15 Nov 2010

The recent TPAC 2010 meetings were held in Lyon, France. I found a few spare hours on Friday afternoon and evening to explore the city.

When the XProc WG meeting broke up a little early, Alex and I spent a pleasant few hours wandering through the old part of town. (Well, I say the old part, but the truth is, I haven't a clue. With a solid week of meetings looking me in the eye, I came unprepared for tourism.)

The city bus system got us quickly from the convention center down to the city proper. Everything else we did on foot. We set our sights on the cathedral.

After a pleasant stroll past distinctive French city architecture and over the Rhône and Saône rivers, we came to what I take to be the oldest part of the city.

After that, it was up the hill to the basilica. And I do mean up.

Following a winding path through the rosary garden, we finally arrived at the basilica with it's panoramic view of the city.

It's kind of a shame about the grey, dismal weather (not to mention the American hotel chain scarring the landscape with its disproportionate and phalic building).

There's no dinner to be had in Lyon before 7:00p. Civilized perhaps, but not what our American stomachs are used to. We waited for a bit in a little cafe opposite a wonderful trompe-l'œil facade.

After dinner, a stroll back to the bus and an early night. I wasn't looking forward to that 4:00a cab ride to the airport, and not only because there was the continuing threat of a transit strike.

There weren't any strikes and I got home uneventfully.


Well, some American stomachs. This one rarely dines before 9:30 or 10:00.

—Posted by John Cowan on 15 Nov 2010 @ 05:45 UTC #

This web site needs a different Google Maps API key. A new key can be generated at

That was the comment when I tried to open this page Norm

—Posted by Dave Pawson on 16 Nov 2010 @ 08:30 UTC #

Oh, yes, I see.

The new V3 APIs don't require a key, so I think I'll ignore that problem until I convert to the V3 APIs.

Real soon now.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 16 Nov 2010 @ 03:21 UTC #