Lyon - Siren Song from the Old City

After exploring Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, we drank in the sweeping views over Lyon.  The views were minorly clouded with smog, but I think because our sights were muted, it made our hearing more acute...
As we looked out, we thought we heard the beats of distant drums.
We scanned the city below to see if we could pinpoint where the music was coming from.
It seemed to be emanating from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral.
We descended Roman Hill in the shadow of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
The first signs of spring were showing in the gardens.
We descended a steep staircase and emerged among the lanes of Lyon's old city.  A ram pointed the way down Rue du Boeuf.
Just beyond a series of restaurants lined the square each with stained glass signpost.
The music was getting louder now.  We were definitely spot on in pinpointing the location.
We were delighted when we emerged onto the square in front of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and found a scrappy gang of musicians playing.
They added some panache to the music with a bit of dancing.
They seemed to be called Fanfare Piston.  Lyon is a university town and I'm guessing this motley crew was predominantly composed of students.
I particularly liked the lads on drums playing with what seemed like casual indifference.
We really enjoyed the performance.  That's the best part of visiting a new place for us...when we chance upon something unexpected but offbeat and delightful.  Hat tip to Fanfare Piston for making our day.
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Lou Messugo
#AllAboutFrance

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