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The World As We See It , or as we missed it … April 2012

Parc de la Tête d’Or in central Lyon, France, is an urban park occupying 117 hectares (290 acres), which dates back to 1856. It features a large lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. Huge numbers of people visit over summer and it is a popular destination for joggers and cyclists all year. As well as the lake, the park incorporates a small zoo, a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding and a miniature train.

There are 7 entrances but the most impressive is the “Enfants du Rhône” gate which opens out onto the lake, the centerpiece of the park’s landscape design. The immense lawns of romantic inspiration alternate with groves of trees often over a hundred years old. The flower beds, rose and peony gardens bring a year-round touch of color and perfume.

For lovers of things botanical, the park has four Rose Gardens, including the International Rose Garden of Lyon, which occupies 40,000 sq. m. with 350 varieties among the 30,000 bushes.
The park is also home to The Botanical Gardens of Lyon, which were transferred to the Tête d’Or Park in 1857. It grew to include plants from all over the world and is now the largest municipal botanical garden in France, covering 8 hectares (19 acres), with 6500 sq. m of hothouses.


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Sources : Wikipedia, Site officiel de la Ville de Lyon and personal observation.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Well that is a wonderful park to find, so much to do. THis is a great shot of the park

  • Thank you ! It was just across the road from our hotel and we visited the park for varying lengths of time on four consecutive days, covering much of the area.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 3 years ago

    Lots of activity in this park……good family place for fun!

  • Loads of people everywhere, but because it is so big, no area was at all crowded.
    Thank you very much Ruth !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnalmost 3 years ago

    What a place to experience Sunday in a park!

  • Sunday or any other day Michael, so much to see and do !
    We spent some time there on four consecutive days.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely scene Trish… :))))

  • Debbie, thank you very much, it’s a great park !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyalmost 3 years ago

    I can understand why the park attracts huge numbers of peeps, Trish. Ever since Adam and Eve got kicked out of Eden, we’ve been trying to re-create something along the same lines. Can’t see any apple trees there but it looks lovely.

  • I don’t recollect seeing any apple trees there. The people add perspective to the width of the footpath / cycle path and although some others were not quite so wide, we never had to dodge or jump out of the way of cyclists or joggers. It is a great park and we spent quite a bit of time exploring many of the different areas.

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic candid image.

  • Byron, thank you very much for your fantastic comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic candid image.

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsalmost 3 years ago

    And that it is Trish and it looks like a beaut day too :-)

  • Thanks very much Mark !
    The weather was wonderful the whole time we were there :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    I DO NOT BELIEVE IT< we also visited this park Trish, are you sure you weren’t following us??? hee hee
    great shot

  • Malcolm, isn’t it a wonderful park … when were you there … we were in Lyon from 31 July to 3 August this year and spent some time at the park each day, as our hotel was just across the road.
    Thank you for your great comments !

    – Trish Meyer

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