Saturday, 26 March 2011

Lyon, France

Another official card.. but this time a lot more recent one - I received this one earlier this year. I just love the atmosphere here.


Lyon is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. The city of Lyon has 480,660 inhabitants. Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the third-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris, with the population of its urban area estimated to be 1,422,331 and that of its metropolitan area 1,757,180.

Lyon has a long cultural influence on France and the world. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships.

Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking and also the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and in recent years has focussed on a growing local start-up sector. Lyon also hosts the international headquarters of Interpol, Euronews and International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The stamp at the top was issued in 2010 and shows 'La Conciergerie Paris'. The other two stamps are from a set of 14 definitives issued in 2008, with the theme 'Marianne and Europe'.

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