Lyon as Text

FIU France 2015 on the Fourviere Hill in Lyon. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

“Straddling the mighty Rhône and Saône rivers between Burgundy and Provence, Lyon has been among France’s leading cities since Roman times. In spite of its workaday, business-first facade, Lyon is France’s most historic and culturally important city after Paris. You’ll experience two different-as-night-and-day cities: the Old World cobbled alleys, pastel Renaissance mansions, and colorful shops of Vieux Lyon; and the more staid but classy, Paris-like buildings and shopping streets of the Presqu’île. Once you’re settled, this big city feels relaxed, welcoming, and surprisingly untouristy. It seems everyone’s enjoying the place — and they’re all French.” (

Students will reside in the city of Lyon, France and visit various historical and cultural sites in the city.  Following their stay, each student will select one aspect of Lyon to reflect upon. The subject selected can be a person, place or event.

Format and submission guidelines for Miami as Text:
How to do a Miami as Text

All posts must start as the following example:
“Title of Your Reflection” by Your Name @yourinstagramaccount of @fiuinstagram at @villedelyon

Projects will be posted on a social media public forum, which will enable the host institution to engage student perceptions. This provides students with the opportunity to engage in a community dialogue in regards to their work. This should not impact student perspective or analysis. Your professor and the host institutions are interested in a genuine experience and honest reflection.

Honors France 2018
Honors France 2017

Miami as Text is the world as seen by the students of Florida International University.

Isabella Marie Garcia

Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 21 January 2019

One thought on “Lyon as Text”

  1. Visiting Lyon was one of my favorite experiences of my study abroad. Not only was I able to visit the 2000 year old theatre Romains de Fourviere, I learned about it’s historical significance as well. I remember visiting the theatre again that same day to luckily catch singer George Ezra in concert. This was a once in a lifetime experience. I saw the concert with my friends on a hill with the view of theatre and the city skyline. Unforgettable.

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