It was a sunny day for our second day in Lyon and Sue wanted to see the covered passageways (Traboules) where the silk traders made their way safely from from their warehouses to market. We wandered into the old part of Lyon searching for a way into these passageways but many of the entrances were boarded up and not open to the public. We did however discover a few to discover. They call these passageways Traboules and the best place to find the few among hundreds open to the public is in the Vieux-Lyon and Croix-Rousse areas. The first of these Traboules are believed to date back to the 4th Century and during WWII, they were instrumental in stopping the Germans from taking full control of Lyon.
I'm not sure that we discovered the real Traboules or maybe we just touched the surface of the honeycomb of what still exists. I imagine that today, many are unsafe for the public to enter. What we did see though gave us an indication of the rabbit warren of secret passageways that exist beneath old Lyon.
It wasn't until I did some further research on the Traboules of Lyon that became aware that two cities that we have visited, also have Traboules - those being Macon and St Etienne. Its amazing how much you discover after the event.