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Excursion time

Our subject La Vie Artistiqe has become a whole lot better (and easier to stay awake in !) since our topic changed from analysing 19th century artworks to typograpy and advertising throughout the 20th century. We went on a little excursion last week, to the Musée de l’Imprimarie to check out how printing has evolved over the centuries.

Some of the younger students were excited about the old Macintosh Classics (I just felt like I was back in Year 9 computer class) but the highlight for me was the page from the Gutenberg Bible – I’ve never seen one !

Well worth a sticky beak if you’re in the area !

Bisous !

Musée Lumière – another episode of killing time, culturally

I took myself off to the Musée Lumière during our two-hour break last Friday morning, keen to finally learn a bit about the family that my university is named after. The Lumière brothers, Louis and Auguste, originally from Besançon (they moved to Lyon when they were little tackers), are credited with inventing the cinematograph, and being the first filmmakers in history. Check out their first film, from 1895, here.

The museum is part of the Institute Lumière, where you can also find a library, a park and a cinema, all being on the site of the old family photography equipment factory. The street is even called rue du Premier-Film !

Their amazing house, known as the Villa, has been turned into the museum and is filled with all sorts of photography and cinema knick-knacks. Even if you don’t appreciate all the technical elements of the beginning of cinema (like me !), it’s still an interesting visit. The Villa also houses the library, a little lecture theatre, two small projection rooms and Antoine’s (père Lumière) bedroom.

Cute magnet souvenirs !

Well worth a visit, even if just to check out the gorgeous house and buy some magnets !

Bisous !

Théâtre et Musée Gallo-Romain de Lyon

I love exploring the cultural side of Lyon. Sim – not so much!

So at school one Wednesday, when we found out that we had an 8am start on the Thursday for an excursion to Fourvière and the Musée Gallo-Romain, outwardly I groaned with the rest of the class, but my inner dork was gleefully thinking, ‘Woot! Excursion! Museum!’

The museum and theatre are up on Fourvière Hill, and were once the centre of the Roman town Lugdunum – today’s Lyon. I’d been to the theatre a few times (they have an excellent summer music festival called Les Nuits de Fourvière), and wondered what the windows in the hill were. Turns out, it’s the museum!

View from the theatre. Note the windows in the hill!


And voila! View from the window!

The whole site is excellent. The theatre is thought to have been built around 15BC, but the museum’s just a bit newer, built in 1975. It houses a fabulous architectual collection, and traces the history of Lyon up until the 7th century. Even better – the descriptive plaques at each exhibit are in French and English!

And, after a few métro adventures, we also discovered that the international students know their way around Lyon’s historic hot spots better than the teachers! Tourists much?


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