Photos from Fête des Lumières

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, festival of lights, returned this week. For the last few years I have filmed the exhibits and shared the films here. This year I tried something a little different.

Heightened security had cancelled the festival last year; so 2016 saw a reduced three day schedule with more check points. I was relieved that the increased security did not diminish our experience.

This year I wanted show more of the crowds that flow through the city streets. The number of people moving around the centre is impressive.

Crowds move through the streets of Lyon.
Crowds move through the streets of Lyon.
Crowds fill the streets of Lyon during the Fête des Lumières.
Crowds fill the streets of Lyon during the Fête des Lumières.
Cafes attempt to attract passing festival traffic.
Cafes attempt to attract passing festival traffic.

Place des Terreaux

Crowds are funnelled towards Place des Terreaux.
Crowds are funnelled towards Place des Terreaux.
Large projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
Large projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
A projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
A projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
A projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
A projector shines out in Place des Terreaux
The Owl is projected onto the buildings of Place des Terreaux.
The Owl is projected onto the buildings of Place des Terreaux.

Place de la Republique

An illumination in Place de la Republique.
An illumination in Place de la Republique.
Lanterns spans rue de la Republique. in Lyon.
Lanterns spans rue de la Republique. in Lyon.

Place des Jacobins

A man photographs the illumination at Place des Jacobins in Lyon.
A man photographs the illumination at Place des Jacobins in Lyon.

Odds and Ends

Detail of a Christmas decoration in Lyon.
Detail of a Christmas decoration in Lyon.
Lights shine out over the River Rhône.
Lights shine out over the River Rhône.
Red light illuminates a street wall in Lyon.
Red light illuminates a street wall in Lyon.

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Autumn Colours in Lyon’s Park

This will be our final Autumn in Lyon. With that in mind, we made sure to take our opportunity to see the autumnal display. Since taking these photos, most of the trees have lost their leaves and are braced for the coming winter months.

Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Autumn in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
Autumn in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or

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Confluence of Rivers Rhône and Saône

The two powerful rivers of Le Rhône and La Saône meet in the centre of Lyon, France. The meeting is a surprisingly quiet affair.

We visited the confluence in May as part of a longer walk along the river Rhône. I took photos along the way and some footage but, until now, had not made the time to do anything with what I captured.

A short film of the confluence is below and available on my YouTube channel as Confluence of Rhône and Saône – Lyon, France. This is second short film of confluences I have made. The other also follows the Rhône but this time further upstream in Geneva.

Unlike in Geneva, the water of the two rivers in Lyon is not too distinct and the vantage point not high enough to really appreciate the merging flows. However we were able to walk to the edge and run our hands in both rivers with ease and in safety.

Looking upstream at the rivers Saône and Rhône in Lyon, France
Looking upstream at the rivers Saône and Rhône in Lyon, France

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The Shingle Spit in Whitstable

Whitstable is home to a street that disappears and reappears with the tide. The street is called Whitstable Street. It goes no-where but out to sea.

Whitstable Street is a shingle spit that juts out from the town of Whitstable into the sea.

When we visited the tide was out and the street was exposed. We joined numerous dog walkers and tourists to walk out away from the town and towards the sea.

As we walked further along the spit, the ground became increasingly waterlogged. The level of the sand fell ever so gradually across the length of the spit and at the edges. There was no great drop off into the water. Instead stepping off the spit would have put your foot into only a centimetre or so of water.

Looking out to the sea over Whitstable Street
Looking out to the sea over Whitstable Street
Looking back at Whitstable from the end of the shingle spit
Looking back at Whitstable from the end of the shingle spit
Whitstable Street
Whitstable Street

Signs warn visitors to be careful of the tide as the spit is submerged as the water comes in.

Sign near Whitstable Street warning of the associated dangers
Sign near Whitstable Street warning of the associated dangers

I took some footage of the visit and you can see the resulting short film Whitstable Street on YouTube or below:

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Beach Huts in Whitstable

Whitstable is home to rows of beautifully painted beach huts. As a seaside town once famous as a holiday get away for residents of Canterbury and London, the town has seen many changes in fortune. The beach huts however have been maintained and look great.

I shudder at the value these small wooden buildings must command today.

Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom
Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom
Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom
Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom
Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom
Beach huts in Whitstable, United Kingdom

In isolation the beach huts are easy to photograph and look beautiful. A wider shot suggests how Whitstable has had to adapt to a world were tourism is not a reliable source of work and wealth. A large industrial building, I think a gravel works, looms on the horizon near the still working harbour.

Industrial buildings overshadow the beach huts
Industrial buildings overshadow the beach huts

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