|The Silk Museum of Lyon|
|Manual Silk Weaving Loom|
Following the demonstration we were able to buy silk scarves, available in a rainbow of colors.
|Hand Painted Silk Scarves|
Then we continued to the market hall named for famed French chef Paul Bocuse - Les Halles Paul Bocuse. This is where the city's chefs shop for their restaurants. Lyon is considered the capital of French gastronomy.
|Les Halles Paul Bocuse, Lyon|
|Les Halles Paul Bocuse|
|Les Halles - Frog's Legs|
|Les Halles - Foie Gras|
|Les Halles - Escargot|
|Les Halles - Legs of Ham|
|Les Halles - Cheese |
|Les Halles - Calisson and Coussin de Lyon|
|Les Halles - Coussin de Lyon|
|Les Halles - Candied Fruits|
|Les Halles - Exquisite Cakes|
After the many temptations of the food hall we were ready for lunch, which we enjoyed on the sun deck of the Scenery despite the overcast skies. French music played while we dined on grilled meats and salads.
|Lunch on the deck of the Avalon Scenery in Lyon|
We decided not to take the afternoon excursion to the medieval town of Pérouges (39 Euros) so we could spend more time exploring Lyon on our own.
|River cruise vessels docked in Lyon|
|Rhone River View, Lyon|
|Family of Swans on the Rhone River, Lyon|
We walked along Quai Bernard for a while and found a large outdoor swimming pool on the riverbank. Then we crossed one of the many bridges to the Presqu'ile area of the city which sits between the Rhone and Saone Rivers.
|Pool on the banks of the Rhone River in Lyon|
While on the city bus tour the previous day I'd seen the The Flower Tree in Place Antonin Poncet near Place Bellecour, but now I had an opportunity to get close enough to take pictures. The metallic bouquet of 85 flowers was designed by South Korean artist Jeong Hwa Choi for the Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2003.
|The Flower Tree in Place Antonin Poncet, Lyon|
|Carousel in Lyon|
We continued on through the shopping district to Place des Terreaux, where we found the Bartholdi Fountain and Hotel de Ville (City Hall).
|Bartholdi Fountain in Place des Terreaux, Lyon|
|Hotel de Ville, Lyon's City Hall|
There was one item on my wish list for our visit to Lyon: escargot. Pedestrian-only Rue des Marronniers is lined with restaurants and we settled on Le Comptoir des Marronniers. I had to dust off my high school French to order them, but they were delicious!
|Escargot Bourguignon at Le Comptoir des Marronniers|
Then we returned to the ship before her departure from Lyon at 6:15 p.m.
|Notre-Dame Basilica and Metallic Tower on Fourvière Hill, Lyon|
|Avalon Scenery double-docked in Lyon|
|Coat of Arms of the city of Lyon|
In the morning we would tour the towns of Tournon and Viviers.
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