Lyon was for a long time the center for silk production. Silk weavers used tunnels called traboules to transport goods. It's definitely one of the historic highlights. I went on a guided tour this morning of the Croix-Rousse district which is one of the oldest parts of the city. I lost count of how many (slightly stinky, steep, and dark) traboules we walked through but it was pretty cool. I was struck by how the neighborhoods are now mainly populated by immigrants; in a couple of courtyards I heard the disco beat of Algerian rai music or glimpse a couple of Berber carpets drying on a balcony.
one of the passages ended in this courtyard with a long staircase - I love the flower display in the right hand corner
the ruins of a Roman ampitheatre
a visit to L'Atelier de Soierie (silk workshop)
detail of silk-screening in process
the finished product
painting the image
a detail of the scarf I purchased