Explore the Lyon neighborhood of Croix-Rousse and discover its hidden passages ("traboules") with a talented storytelling guide. Hear the incredible story of the silk weaver, Jirôme Roquet. Admire houses and monuments that date back to the 19th century.
What to Expect
Meet your storyteller/actor guide for an animated tour of Croix-Rousse, an historic district in Lyon located on a hill.
Follow the adventures of the silk weaver, Jîrome Roquet, and travel back to the morning of November 21, 1831 when he was due to deliver a bolt of silk to the offices of a silk merchant on the banks of the Rhône River. Joined by his apprentice, Tony “Le Grand Gognant” (Lyonnais slang for “The Big Simpleton”), the 2 men decided to go down the hillside despite the dangers that lay ahead. It was the middle of a terrible rebellion, but Roquet needed to be paid to feed his children.
Passing through the hidden traboules (covered passageways) en route to the river, the men hoped to get around the barricades put in place by the canuts (silk workers) and avoid the patrols of the National Guard. Listen in awe as this story is brought to life by your guide, and learn more about Lyon during the 19th century and what life was like for the silk weavers.
Meet on the Esplanade de la Grande Côte (at the crossing between Montée de la Grande Côte and Rue des Pierres Plantées).
Know Before You Go
• This tour is suitable for children over 8 years old if accompanied by their parents