Lyon’s Light Festival
One of the most famous events during the French Christmas season is the Light Festival in Lyons, but in fact it has no link to Christmas other than the close date, 8 December.
In 1850, Lyon’s religious leaders announced a contest for a statue that would be placed at the top of Fourvière hill. The unveiling ceremony for the winning sculptor’s work two years later was set for 8 September (anniversary of the virgin Mary’s birth), but when the Saône river overflowed and flooded the site, the date of the ceremony was changed to 8 December (date of the Immaculate Conception).
To celebrate the new statue, some Lyonnais citizens planned to illuminate their houses and apartments with candles, but bad weather on the day forced a second rescheduling, to 12 December. Nevertheless, the entire city spontaneously decided to light candles the 8th, and then went down into the streets to gaze at the city, lit from one end to the other. With the celebration of this widespread, friendly gesture, which also moved the religious authorities to illuminate Fourvière’s chapel, the Light Festival was born.
Since then, the people of Lyons have put candles or small lights in their windows and then gone into town to enjoy the illumination and have a good time with friends and fellow citizens.
With the Lighting Plans of 1989 and 2004, Lyons became a world-renowned reference in the domain of urban lighting, and the city shows off this expertise during the contemporary contemporary Light Festival.
Wherever you celebrate this Thanskgiving Day, we wish you safe travel and a great meal with family and friends.
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Autumn is officially here in the Texas Hill Country with the brilliant reds and golds of the season. Explore the wine trails, take a hike by the falls, or simply enjoy a leisurely drive on the back roads during one of the most beautiful times of the year.
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Bordeaux Winery Launches Official Downton Abbey Wine
by Mary Winston Nicklin
October 28, 2013
Wine aficionados are talking about the 2009 and 2010 vintages, but there’s another reason tongues are wagging in Bordeaux. A family-owned winery called Grands Vins de Bordeaux, located in the prestigious Entre-Deux-Mers region in Gironde, has debuted the official Downton Abbey Wine Collection. American fans of the hit TV show, the British period drama “Downton Abbey,” are eagerly awaiting the launch of Season 4 in January 2014. And now they’ll have some claret to sip while they watch the next intstallment of the Crawley family’s drama.
Inspired by the TV show, the two blends include a crisp “Blanc” white wine and a medium-bodied “Claret” red wine. In an official statement, co-creator William Zysblat said: “Our collaboration with the Dulong family made perfect sense, as we wanted the same vines, soil and region used to produce the wines from the Downton Era. Having Dulong as our winemaker allows us to create accessible wines that we truly believe the Crawley Family would have been proud to serve at their table.”
The Downton Abbey Wine Collection will be available on November 1, 2013 in the United States, priced at $16.99 per bottle. Availability will expand to Europe and Australia later in the year.
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