Study tour in Lyon, April 12-14

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Lugdunum was founded in 43 b.c. on the “hill of crows” that gave it its Latin name. Shortly thereafter it became the capital of the Gauls, ruling over a territory that predated France. In the 11th century, the Pope made Lyon the religious capital of the French kingdom; more recently, in the dark hours of Nazi occupation and the collaboration of the Vichy regime with Hitler, the city was the capital of the Resistance in the so-called Free Zone, or southern France. Over time, Lyon has defined itself through textile manufacturing (silk), a key position in European trade and banking during the Renaissance, a rich gastronomy (in diversity as in the amount of calories) and the relation of its urban expansion and urban planning to the rivers Rhône and Saône. The city also occupies a privileged position in the history of media, from print workshops in the 16th century to decisive developments in photography and cinema in the late 19th century. We trust you’ll enjoy this scenic city steeped in culture--and delicious cuisine!

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