A sustainable district
Since 2003, the Confluence district has been at the heart of an unprecedented project of urban renewal that aims to reconcile quality of life and ecology. This is how it become the first sustainable WWF-approved district in France in 2010.
During tours, people often ask me if I'm a student. I'm too old for that. I'm a historian without the qualifications. I'm an architect without the diploma. But I was born in Lyon, and I enjoy helping members of the public discover this city which is a lot more than just a row of lovely façades.
You have to get a feel for the substance of the past, the depth of roots, the art of construction, the relation with light, the appeal of good food, one's relationship with a site, and the diversity of the different areas.
What you see counts of course, but as far as I'm concerned, a tour is only successful when people have had a good time, when I've managed, throughout the tour, to take them behind the scenes, to give them a sense of how people lived in those days and how we live in the city today.
I'm often delighted to hear people say they want to come back and spend more time here.
Lyon has been my city of adoption for several decades now, so as a polyglot with a lovely Austrian accent to boot and a passion for Lyon, I'm here to take you on a discovery tour of the city and its surrounding areas.
I'll be delighted to guide you through this great city, from Roman times to the 21st century!
How lucky I am to have been able to study the history of art and archaeology in Lyon. It's magic! From the Roman theatres to the Musée des Confluences, past, present and future combine in beauty and harmony, just like the gold, silver and silk threads woven by the canuts.
Let's set out for a spot of "trabouling" with Rabelais' ghost, who will lead us from Hôtel-Dieu to the wealthy homes of the merchant bankers in Vieux-Lyon, stopping at inns, bouchons or star-rated restaurants on the way…
Let your eyes feast on the golden light that's worthy of Italy, and gilds the slopes of Croix-Rousse on summer evenings as you stroll along the embankment amid the seagulls and boats.
I love this city because life is so sweet here, and I love telling visitors all about it, as the enthusiastic urbanist in me sees the city as a living organism.
I was born in the north of France and decided to come to Lyon about fifteen years ago to finish my studies… and I've been here ever since!
My interest in foreign languages and heritage led me to study for a lecturing guide diploma prior to branching out to accompany groups in France and abroad
Having starting out in Bourgogne, I now work as a guide in Lyon and the surrounding area (Vienne, Beaujolais, southern Bourgogne, Pérouges).
What I still really enjoy about this job are the human encounters and the wide variety of themes broached. It's never boring!
My favourite place in Lyon: Les Jardins du Rosaire… an absolute must!
I've always lived in Lyon, and I love it.
I particularly like going up onto Croix-Rousse hill, where I lived for many years, to look out over the city.
What a view! You never tire of admiring the constantly changing panorama of the city, and the view that extends all the way to the Alps. This area has lost nothing of its authenticity.
Follow me! Let's "débarouler" down the slope and stairs in the footsteps of the "canuts", the weavers who secured Lyon's fortune during the 19th century.
In Lyon, there's plenty of History of course, and plenty of stories to be told, but there's also Gastronomy and the "bouchons"... A whole past and art de vivre à la Lyonnaise that I'll be delighted to help you discover and enjoy.
I've always lived in Lyon and have always loved my city. So after studying tourism and the history of art, I joined the tourist information office to share my passion.
As far as I'm concerned, accompanying a group is first and foremost about sharing friendly moments devoted to discovering the wealth of our heritage. I'm particularly fond of taking young people on a discovery tour of Lyon and seeing the city through their eyes!
I'm passionate about architecture and I love visiting museums in France or abroad. A lovely exhibition is always a great excuse to travel!
My passions? Creative leisure activities: scrapbooking, embroidery, crochet… I like to keep my fingers busy!
See you soon in the streets of Lyon!
The decision to change my choice of studies to the History of Art at university, then to attend the School of Art and Communication was an obvious choice.
I completed by studies with a diploma to be a lecturing guide, which is an essential prerequisite when training to be a guide…
Having always lived between Rhône and Saône, I love travelling the length and breadth of Lyon. With each new viewpoint, I add new touches to my internal painting of its landscape.
In a city that lies at the crossroads of so many different influences, I never tire of going from one area to another, experiencing the change of century, architecture and atmosphere.
Discovering Lyon, is also about meeting the locals, past and present, that have marked the city, and to whom we owe our heritage, our particular characteristics, our "lyonnitude".
My tours invite you to view the city like a tightrope walker balancing between light-heartedness and knowledge, gastronomy and architecture, silk and alchemy, football and botany, cinema and historic periods... And many other subjects that are the essence of Lyon.
Although I'm interested in the world in general, I chose to return to the city where I grew up, not to work but to pursue a passion: guiding visitors through Lyon, my home town. I will take you on a trip through time, from past to future, in a city where you can never be bored, and where there's something of interest for every generation. .
So if you want to discover the different areas in Lyon like a real little "gone" (street urchin), don't hesitate to follow me! I've worn out many pairs of trainers in the traboules and on the slopes of the three hills, I'm acquainted with Guignol's entire repertoire, and know where you can enjoy the best mâchons.
If you're interested, I'll be waiting under the horse's tail!
Originally from the countryside surrounding Lyon, I went travelling around the world before returning to Lyon, which many French people rate as the most beautiful city in France, except for their home town of course!
As a child, I always associated Lyon with the zoo in Tête d’Or Park, with its bear, elephants, lions and other animals. Later on, as an apprentice archaeologist in Fourvière, I discovered the city’s history and heritage.
I hope to share my passion for art and history with you during your stay and take you back through time as you discover the birth of this great city in the traboules (hidden passageways) of Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon), imagine the sounds of the silk looms on the slopes of Croix-Rousse hill (where the silk industry once thrived), and learn about Lyon through its painted walls in the city centre. In short, I want to share my love for the city!
From Fourvière Basilica to the museums in the Presqu’île district, I know how to get children interested in history and heritage, without forgetting the parents of course! My tours are lively and dynamic, so you can feel the heartbeat of my city and feel at home.
Far away from Lyon, my specialism at university was Egyptology, and my second passion is Japan: once you get me started on these subjects it’s difficult to stop me!
Located at a geographical crossroads, the city of Lyon has always warmly welcomed people of various origins, whether it’s for a drink, a meal, a stay or to live, as it did for me.
As a tour guide, I get to meet people from various regions, countries and cultural backgrounds every day. This is why I decided to study foreign languages (English and German).
Originally from Picardy, I settled in Lyon after tasting life in the laid-back Loire and bustling Paris. In the end, I had the greatest affinity with Lyon.
Like Lyon, I love food: the Capital of Gastronomy is a mouthwatering place to be!
Like Lyon, I have the gift of the gab: this city has more than 2000 years of history and anecdotes to tell.
Like Lyon, I am curious: you need to explore behind the city’s façades and through its traboules to really get to know it.
Lastly, like Lyon, I like a laugh: the city’s famous puppet Guignol and its cafés-théâtres are a delight!
Come with me to discover what you share with Lyon!