I left Barcelona for Lyon on the 16th of February and remained there until the 22nd of March. The original reason for my exit from Barcelona was to attend a wedding on the
17th and then I stayed on to house sit for a friend who was away on vacation.
Lyon is a city of such contrasts. Not unlike Calgary, where I grew up, Lyon is situated in the foothills of the Alps, between the rivers Rhône and Saône. Therefore it was not surprising to find the weather as tempestuous as a prima donna. In the course of forty-five minutes it went from bright sunny to grey cloudy and windy moving into snow flurries and then back to sunshine! But it always remained one step ahead of me; as I was putting on my coat to go out for a stroll it changed to very unpleasant but no sooner had I taken off my outer garments only to see that the sun had come out and was shining brightly!
Recycling or re-using, as we know it in Canada, is virtually unknown. Most drinking water is purchased in various sizes of plastic bottles and the bottles are simply discarded. Yes, you read that correctly, discarded! On the other hand, shared vehicles are very much in vogue. As in Barcelona, there are rows bicycles
found every couple of blocks. Shared vehicles are electric and there are the standard four passenger size
as well as what looks like a covered motor bike for two where the passengers sit one behind the other. My original plan was to go from Lyon to Le Puy and commence my trek to Santiago de Compostela but the weather was still sufficiently cold to have made the walk over the Massif Central a challenge and I was persuaded to wait a little longer. Therefore I returned to Barcelona, the city of gorgeous boulevards!