Parc de la tête d’Or (Lyon)

The Tête d’Or park is a place where many people go to run for loose weight and finally sleep on the grass. But it’s the perfect place for a birthday party with friends, or a romantic walk!

The Tête d’Or park is a place where many people go to run for loose weight and finally sleep on the grass. But it’s the perfect place for a birthday party with friends, or a romantic walk!

Tête d’Or Park is open to the public, free of charge. It is one of France’s largest and finest urban parks and one of the oldest. In 1856, during a meeting of the city council, the Mayor of Lyon convinced his members of the board that the people of Lyon needed a “new and vast leisure ground” to “offer a piece of countryside to those who have none”. The works lasted in 1862.

The development project was handed over to the famous landscape designers Eugène and Denis Bühler, who created the park around a man-made lake; they also designed the parks buildings, greenhouses and fixtures. The park involved a rose garden, made of 350 varieties, and is graced with over 8800 trees.

The more remarkable specimens are plane trees, cedars of Lebanon, Virginia tulip trees, gingko biloba and bald cypresses. There is also the botanical garden of Lyon. And a old Zoo, recently rebuilt and devoted to the biodiversity. Go there in a sunny day, or in autumn. In winter colors are vivid, but with a hot chocolate you will be happy instead, with someone in your arms, or not.

Oh! Last thing, the name “tête d’Or” (Head of gold) refers to an old story of a head of Gold hidden somewhere, before the built of the park, by Jewish people, and lost…so take a look!!!

Link: http://www.lyon.fr/vdl/sections/fr/environnement/parcs_jardins/tete_or_1

written by anglemort on 2008-08-11 in #world #locations #leisure #park #lyon

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