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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Europe CNY 2012 - Day 12, Part 3 - Basilica, Traboules, Miniatures

Europe CNY 2012
Day 12, Part 3 - 30th January - Basilica, Traboules, Miniatures


Previously posted: Links - 22nd January 2013

I then went to have a look at the Basilica.

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On the Gallo-Roman collections on the funicular route.

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Basilica
In summer they're open from 7am to Midnight?! Also they don't do roof tours in winter. Grr.

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Frontage

Since the main Basilica was closed for renovations, services were being held in the crypt.

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Crypt

There were Madonnas from all over the world.

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Notre Dame de Vailankanni (Tamil Nadu)

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Notre Dame de Czestochowa (Poland)

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Notre Dame de Fatima

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No silent mode

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For the Chinese market

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St Jacques de Compostelle (St James of Compostela)

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Crypt Nave

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La Vierge de la Naval (Philippines)

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Madonna di Loreto (Italy)

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Chapel of the Faithful Dead

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The only Arabic prayer was from Lebanon. I suppose it has the strongest Christian tradition in the Arab world.

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Frontage

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John-Paul II Statue, Message

Thanks to free transfers within 1 hour I got into the funicular with 20 minutes to spare!

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How to plan when you buy your train tickets. This doesn't break the day up unfortunately.

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"Sans Issue" was first translated as "No Way". Then they changed it to "Dead End"
I think I went into look for a toilet

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For some reason, French people like to give the two-fingered salute. I'm quite sure it's not meant to be vulgar since they're often smiling - they just think it means "two". Maybe that's how they use it.
(one of the French girls is giving my camera the two-fingered salute here)

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Basilica from below

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'International' Miniature Museum

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I then had a look at some of the Traboules. Traboules are long passageways which are typically found in Lyon (and a few other cities in the area). They were used to get around and during the war were used by Resistance fighters.

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Traboule at #58 Rue St Jean

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Courtyard

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Skylight


Traboule at #58 Rue St Jean

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I think I took this for the public service message

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Traboule entrance

Next was the Long Traboule.

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Passage

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Skylight

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Courtyard

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Other side


Walking through The Long Traboule

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Medieval shop

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Two courtyards in one

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Passage

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Courtyard

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Underground: Blocked off

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Traboule - Two Courtyards In One

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Peeking out

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Hobo with guitar
He got a fag from a passer-by

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Girl hobos
There were 4 of them before I went into the traboule. I asked why they were sitting on the street. They said they were waiting for the bar to open. Normally it opened at 5pm but today at 515pm it was still closed.

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Books on sale

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I went to scout L'Amphitryon - it was open from noon to midnight, 7/7. So I planned to go early or later to avoid the crowd (and so get a seat). I resolved to visit another museum first: the Musee des Miniatures et decors de cinema (Miniatures and Cinema props museum)

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Perfume, Story of a Murderer
The area was scented too

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About the movie set

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Warning about disturbing content - presumably the "Dead body"

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Square below

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Museum

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"The items on show come from american and european studios. They have been used in filming the movies indicated on their labels"
No, not fakes.

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Masks

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Starship Troopers

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Minority Report

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Robocop

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Costumes and accessories

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Roman stuff; "Attention: our film objects are not copies (loans from 20 American and European studios)"

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Anger Management. Aka Self Control in France. Right.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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"Practical Effects". As opposed to "Impractical Effects"?

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"Make-Up Effects"

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Swords from The Cell, The Last Samurai, Peter Pan and The Scorpion King

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Babylon 5 Heads

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Heads from 300, BloodRayne: The Third Reich

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Crow from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Pseudo-Classical stuff: 300, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Gladiator

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X-men, Minority Report

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The Da Vinci Code, V for Vendetta

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Batman Forever

There was another warning about 'sensitive' content for this room. At least it was somewhat warranted this time.

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Doom mice

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Guns

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Inglourious Basterds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Alien, Alien vs Predator

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X-files

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The Mummy

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More Guns

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History of Special Effects

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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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Gremlins 2

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Animatronics

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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Miniatures

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Batman Begins

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3D Animation

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Stop Motion

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Puppets for What Dreams May Come, The Avengers (translated as "bowler hat and leather boots"), Beetlejuice

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Aliens

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Digital Revolution, Matte Paintings

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Blue/Green Screen, Film Sets

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Independence Day

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Storyboards

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Pre-Production

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Event Horizon

Next were the non-movie miniatures.

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Sculpted Heads

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Exotic Africa

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Chinese Doll House

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Chinese Fan

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Russian Lacquer

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Steam Horse

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Abandoned Theatre

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The Roadhouse

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"Le poids de la crigne" (The weight of the ???)

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Charming Flea Market

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"Give us money"
They are not a public museum

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Attic in the 70s

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On the miniatures

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Middle Ages Road

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Temple of Kurama, Kyoto

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Rubble

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Jurassic Story

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Hotel Milan

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St Paul Prison

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Cistern

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Armour

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Shoes

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Dolls

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Maxim's Restaurant

Overall I found the cinema stuff more impressive than the miniatures.

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They have a loyalty card: every 6th visit is free and you can lend it to friends and family
I sense arbitrage opportunities

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Atelier

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I had a grand plan to eat at L'Amphitryon: I would go there late so there would be space for me. At 10:55pm I showed up, but my plan had been too clever by half: the chef had gone home. The waiter (who reminded me of one of my French teachers) said that usually there were customers at that time, but maybe because of the cold there were no customers so the chef called it a day. So much for being open till midnight. GAH

I suppose I should've gone at 10pm but the walk up and down was very long, and it supposedly closed at midnight after all!

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Lucky the hostel had a lot of instant food. Tartine Savoyarde (pizza bread), drumlets


Winter had really come. Wind chill aside, it was sometimes colder than when I'd been in Scotland.

My camera battery did better than expected: despite heavy photo taking, the half battery sign only appeared near the end of the miniatures museum but the low battery sign didn't appear, so I could go back and recharge it.
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