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Friday Fun: Bookshops in Lyon

Hi everyone

I usually don’t reblog posts but I couldn’t help reblogging this one.

That’s Lyon and its great bookstores, although I’d add the wonderful Librarie Passages

See you in a few hours, Marina Sofia Sofia.

Have a nice day



Starting a little early today, as I’ll soon be heading off to the Quais du Polar crime festival in Lyon, one of my favourite events of the year. So a great excuse to combine two of my favourite things: bookshops and the beautiful city of Lyon. At last count, Lyon boasted 21 independent bookshops (as well as well-stocked big chains such as Fnac and Decitre). Long may they live on!

Vivement Dimanche, from their website. Vivement Dimanche, from their website.

The staff at Vivement Dimance will do anything to inform and entertain you. (from their website) The staff at Vivement Dimance will do anything to inform and entertain you. (from their website)

Entrance to Le Bal des Ardents. From Pinterest. Entrance to Le Bal des Ardents. From Pinterest.

Au Bonheur des Ogres specialises in crime fiction and noir. Au Bonheur des Ogres specialises in crime fiction and noir.

L'Esprit Livre (from their website). L’Esprit Livre (from their website).

Libraire de France, from lyoncapitale.fr Libraire de France, from lyoncapitale.fr

Libraire Diogene, from yelp.fr Libraire Diogene, from yelp.fr

Now, I haven’t been to Lyon in a while, so I cannot guarantee that all of these look exactly like this at the moment. However, I’ll be…

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  1. March 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Love chairs real sit down and read chairs


  2. March 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thank you for this, Emma, looking forward to meeting you shortly. The pictures for the Passages bookshop weren’t very impressive, so didn’t include. Will have to take my own pictures, it seems!


  3. March 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Le Bal des Ardents still looks like that – I was there last summer. Librarie Passages was wonderful too, an ideal small bookstore.

    Ah, Lyon is great.


    • March 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Yes it does.
      They organized conferences in the Théâtre des Célestins and the trees in front of the theatre are in flower. It’s wonderful.


  4. March 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Have a great time. I look forward to your finds.


    • March 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks. I will post about it.


  5. March 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Those are gorgeous pictures, I feel rather jealous of Marina. Right, off to read your Quais du Polar post and see how you got on there.


    • March 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Lyon is a beautiful city, you should visit someday, there are lots of cheap flights from London.
      Now is the time to buy tickets to the festival Les Nuits de Fourvière. Music, theatre and other shows at the Roman theatre. Magic.


      • April 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

        I overnighted there once with Emma (my wife). It looked lovely and we had a very good dinner. I do hope to go back at some point.

        On an only very slightly related note, do you know Montpelier at all? I spent a couple of weeks there and there’s a French crime drama called Antigone that apparently is set there which I might try to pick up some time (though it’s a bit pricy with English subtitles).


        • April 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm

          Like I said, plenty of cheap flights from London.

          I like Montpellier a lot. It’s a nice city, lots of students there. The only Antigones I know are plays by Sophocles and by Jean Anouilh. The Anouilh is great classic of junior high lit classes.

          I had to look the series Antigone 34 up. I don’t have time to watch TV, so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not. Antigone is a neighbourhood in Montpellier and 34 is the number of the department Montpellier is in. (Hérault) I guess you know that French departments have numbers according to their place in their list alphabetical order (01 is Ain, Rhône is 69, Paris is 75…)


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