One of the things I was really looking forward to on a recent trip to the French city of Lyon, was the chance to explore the historic 'traboules' of the old town and beyond. An ancient labyrinth of secret doors and passageways, each one unique, revealing incredible examples of concealed architecture in wonderful colours, some dating as far back as the 4th Century, when the first 'traboules' were built. These winding stairways and covered corridors were used by the silk merchants of the time as a means to transport their precious goods without ever exposing them to the damaging elements. People could move between buildings, and even streets, without ever going outside. And now...if you dare to push those heavy wooden doors, hold your breath to see if they will open and then take a peek inside, it will be well worth it to see these magnificent hidden architectural gems. I blended a little texture with my original photograph to compliment this vintage French scene.
December 12th, 2019
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