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Fête des Lumières

Fête des Lumières

Lyon is famous for, among other things, its Fête des Lumières. The first year we were here it had been cancelled due to increased security fears after the Bataclan attack in Paris, so 2016 was the first year we were able to go. There was a small event in 2015 where they displayed the names of the victims along the banks of the Saone, and the city was lit up with candles.

Images from Fête des Lumières 2015

2015's Fête des Lumières tribute

2015's Fête des Lumières tribute

Images from Fête des Lumières 2016

We were told that this year's Fête des Lumières was much smaller than previous years as the light installations were only in a concentrated part of the city, rather than being spread about all over as usual.

We had been told that millions come to visit, and that it's horribly crowded and you have to walk shoulder to shoulder along with the crowd to get anywhere. It's true that it's very busy and there is a set route (the streets are pedestrianised and one-way, so people don't go against the flow), but I was expecting an almighty crush and it wasn't like that at all.  This could be because it was much smaller than usual though.

The festival usually takes place over four days, from around 6pm to midnight, but 2016's was only three days, and from 8pm to midnight. We went for a few hours on the first night, Thursday, and again on the Saturday.

Saturday night was my husband's birthday and therefore the reason for the blurry photography. 

I enjoyed all the displays, but the best by far was the Cathédrale Saint-Jean in Vieux Lyon. Look how cool it is! 

Check out the official site and look at some proper photographs not taken by an excited drunk person: http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/en 

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