This storytelling tour offers a glimpse into the life of Madeleine, a little girl who grew up between the Jean Macé neighbourhood and the banks of the Rhône during World War Two. Your storyteller guide brings back to life daily hardships – the long hours spent queuing in front of shops and the black market – through the eyes of a child who had to grow up too fast. You can also experience the little moments of joy snatched from the war: jokes told to try to forget about hunger, laughing at little things, and the songs of Fernandel and Charles Trenet.
Scenes of daily life appear before you in the neighbourhood’s streets. These include tragic scenes, such as the bombing of the 26th of May 1944, which destroyed Avenue Berthelot, the cinema and the Gestapo headquarters – now a place of memory.
Inspired by the accounts of locals, this story celebrates the ordinary people of Lyon, rather than the major figures of the French Resistance. Everyday people who were simply trying to live their lives and did not know when or how the war would end.
Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences Booking is necessary Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity Tour recommended from the age of 12 This tour is accessible to people in wheelchairs The tour ends by the river on Quai Leclerc, under the Perrache railway bridge.
Health and safety commitments
In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, all tours provided by Cybele have been adapted with routes that enable physical distancing and compliance with applicable health regulations:
The guide and all participants aged 11 and above must wear a mask or face shield
A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between participants
Our guides are equipped with a hygiene kit
Guides and visitors will not enter any traboule passageway or courtyard that is inhabited, out of respect for the residents.
Our guides alone make contact with objects (doors, light switches, etc.)
Metro D > Guillotière or Tram T1 > Rue de l’université
In front of the Citroën Garage entrance, at the corner of rue de Marseille and rue de l'Université - Lyon 7th
Child (under 16)
26 MAY 1944
The Jean Macé neighbourhood was very badly damaged by bombings. Allied bombers were aiming for the marshalling yard in the nearby Guillotière neighbourhood, which they never managed to hit.