Evening in Lyon

I’m in beautiful Lyon, France, for the International Federation of Library Associations World Library and Information Congress.

Lyon is the first stop on the Great Library Tour of France and England organised by Public Libraries Victoria Network. My family are well aware of my library tourist tendencies, having indulged my habit of stopping in at public libraries wherever we travel. The Great Library Tour is a library tourist dream come true; I’m visiting Lyon, Strasbourg, Reims, Paris, London, Oxford, Worcester and Birmingham with 19 other library colleagues from Australia and New Zealand. Right now I really, really like my job.

As this is a personal rather than professional blog I’ll hold back on my excitement about yesterday’s conference session on using library metrics for management, advocacy and community building. (Really, it was great). Well, maybe I’ll just mention how much fun I’m having meeting librarians from Nigeria, Iceland and Micronesia and marvelling at simultaneous interpretation in seven languages (Chinese to Spanish! German to Arabic! No problem!)

Here are a few snapshots from an evening wander through Lyon.
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Lyon is built at the meeting of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. This is the Saône.

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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon

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Sunflowers, grasses and echinacea planted on the street. My kind of place.

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Velo’V hire bikes. I ride them to and from the conference each day. Love.

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Théâtre des Célestins

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