The Fête Des Lumières brings millions of people to the city of Lyon each year – but don’t let that put you off. It can be a little full….but a slow walk around the city’s streets under such beautiful light is simply enchanting – discovering intriguing installations and waltzing past churches alight with neons and dancing animations is the norm. You’ll note that the Saturday of the weekend is often the most visited – though I prefer to travel to Lyon for the last 2 days of the festival – with the last day – the Monday as the highlight with fireworks by the river and ever so slightly fewer people.[/blockquote]
It’s hard not to be taken by the spectacle. This year there was a little under 100 different installations/ events scattered all over the city, and though all quite wonderful, my favourite was easily the bendy lanterns on Rue Royale (see images below) which lent the street a whimsical otherworldly atmosphere – which wouldn’t be too our of place in a Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Tim Burton movie (we prefer the former). The weather at this year’s festival was mostly raining which cast an intriguing atmosphere over the streets – though as you’ll note from images – it didn’t at all deter the crowds. On that note – we’d love to show you a million photos of each and every installation – but sadly we were too in awe, and surrounded by far too many crowds to get enough decent images this time around….not to mention our hands were far too full of Vin Chaud – however, we’ve added a few our favourites below – take a look and feel free to leave a comment!
To experience it for yourself take a look at the official page here.