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Monday, December 13, 2010

What-What: Fêtes des Lumières

I finally have a moment to breathe and write a little somethin'-somethin' while the chicken's cookin' away in the oven and bro+bri are out geeking on their computers.

This year, specifically last week, I witnessed something so incredible and psychedelic the only means to view it would be to have a load of mushrooms on hand- or to go to the Fêtes des Lumières.  Originally considered a religious holiday to celebrate the Virgin Mary saving Lyon from the terrible plague (or more scientifically the fact that people were most likely more clean than around..) every year on December 8th the city of Lyon would place lighted candles in the window.. a sort of tribute to the higher-ups.

Over the years more and more people got into the habit and it became more of a celebratory event than a solemn religious thing.. and finally transformed into the Festival of Lights that it is today.  From December 8th to December 11th, the city of Lyon is bouncing with psychedelic party lights; all hosted by the city government.  From 6pm to 1am the next morning, all the most famous monuments around the city are covered in lights- resembling a spray painted and tagged ancient history blending into the new millenium.

Some buildings bounce with images of the history of construction, while other fountains are highlighted in candescent colors.. to which my younger Bro kept shouting.. ACID TRIP!  ACID TRIP! And Bri's brother kept shouting, AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM!  The buildings moved, swayed and talked to us about who they were.. and no need for chemicals!

Would you like to see yourself?

I thought you would.

Thank Bri because he put together this little diddy...

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you got close enough to be able to see half of those things! Nicolas and I walked around the city for maybe 3-4 hours on Wednesday and most of that time was spent in the middle of a really slow moving crowd. I felt like this year was kinda disappointing compared to the last 2 I've been to :(


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