Hey Mama Lyon EDITION

  • The most bucolic

    Parc de la Tête d’or

    Park - 4 km from Mama

    The largest urban park in France where you can spend the day lazing around on the banks of the river,
    Parc de la Tête d'or, 69006 Lyon

    discovering the 400 wild species in the zoo, admiring the 16,000 tree species in the botanical gardens, greenhouses and rose garden, while sports enthusiasts play football or explore the 117-hectare public park by bike, on roller blades or by scooter.

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    The most instagrammable

    Musée des Confluences

    Museum - 3.5 km from Mama

    Sitting at the meeting point of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this sumptuous building made of metal and glass tells the story of mankind through time. An incredible narrative ranging from dinosaur skeletons to high-tech discoveries.
    86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon - +33 (0)4 28 38 11 90

    We should say from the start that, this museum, designed by the Austrian firm of architects, Coop Himmelblau, is one of our special favourites… For its spectacular architecture – a kind of large vessel that appears to be rising up out of the water – but also for its originality, and its ambition, as it prides itself on answering 4 big questions on the human condition. Who are we? Where have we come from? Where are we going? And what do we do? A common thread that links the 3,000 pieces on display, from animal mummies to videos of extinct species, from 3,000-year-old Egyptian statues and 3D videos explaining the Big Bang to Aboriginal paintings. Best explored on Thursday evenings to escape the crowds.

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    The most democratic

    Le Sucre

    Bar, Club - 4.6 km from Mama

    The nicest rooftop bar in Lyon (along with ours) but also the best club in town with an eclectic and cutting-edge mix of music.
    40-50 quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon

    Housed in a former sugar warehouse dating back to the 1930s, this hybrid and ambitious venue was created as a social and cultural space for partying, exchanges and hanging out. And while the evenings have achieved cult status thanks to the excellent DJ sets (electro in particular), le Sucre also has a lot of offer in terms of visual creation, design and digital culture. With its rooftop bar and views over the Saône, this venue is buzzing night and day. You can come here to enjoy a craft beer, have a game of ping-pong or a go on the skate-board ramp, before heading down to the club below. Le Sucre opens its doors to everyone, there is no dress code or VIP area… details very much in keeping with the philosophy of the venue.

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    The most gourmet

    Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Bocuse

    French Market, local - 2.5 km from Mama

    Saint-Félicien cheese, sausage-filled brioches, praline tarts… Renamed Halles Paul Bocuse in honour of the city’s famous Michelin-starred chef, this mythical food market offers Lyon’s very best gastronomic delights under one roof. Paradise for all food lovers.
    102, cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon

    A symbol of a city that claims the title of gastronomic capital of France, these Halles naturally focus on all of Lyon’s local delicacies but also French specialities. A go-to venue open, from 7:00/8:00 a.m., where you can marvel at the stalls and enjoy the early morning calm to chat with traders. Butchers, market gardeners, cheesemongers, wine merchants…. Around fifty purveyors occupy these legendary halls, including some of Lyon’s biggest names in gastronomy. Charcuterie Sibilia (butchers) with its saveloy sausage, Mère Richard with its Saint-Marcellin cheese, Maison Giraudet with its new take on dumplings…. So many addresses that take you to the heart of a unanimously recognised culinary tradition.

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  • The most mythical

    Grocers & chocolate makers

    Pastry, Chocolate

    Some are world-renowned and they all fiercely guard an exceptional expertise. Our ‘Best of’ for passionate and informed epicureans.

    Boulangerie du Palais, 8 rue du Palais de Justice. 69005 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 37 09 43. – https://boulangerie-du-palais-lyon.eatbu.com/?lang=fr

    Bernachon, 42 Cours Franklin Roosevelt, 69006 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 24 37 98. – https://boutique.bernachon.com/fr/

    Bernard Dufoux, 15 rue des Archers, 69002 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 72 77 57 95 – https://www.chocolatsdufoux.com/

    Patisserie Brouillet, 15 place de la Croix Rousse, 69004 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 28 90 89 – https://www.chocolatier-bouillet.com/

    Maison Pignol, 8 place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 37 39 61 – https://www.pignol.fr/

    Maison Malleval, 11 rue Emile Zola, 69002 Lyon. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 42 02 07 – http://www.malleval.com/

     

    For lovers of praline brioches, the best in town are found at Boulangerie du Palais; for an indulgent chocolat chaud, visit the legendary Bernachon who has been roasting his beans on site for generations, or Bernard Dufoux, the master chocolatier with his chocolate creations to die for. Sébastien Brouillet treats you to the most unbelievable macaroons – classic, but also unfamiliar and totally addictive, flavour combinations (blackcurrant & violet, strawberry & tarragon). The most prestigious deli counter in Lyon, Maison Pignol offers traditional terrines but also delicious wraps, and, lastly, Maison Malleval remains THE gold standard for wines, spirits and high-quality delicatessen products.

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    The most exotic

    Boleh Lah

    Malaysian - € - 1.3 km from Mama

    Following their travels in Malaysia, Amélie, Caroline and Paul brought back a passion for ‘Mamak’ Food - Indo-Chinese street food that’s typical of Kuala Lumpur - and that they have skilfully reproduced here.
    11 rue Salomon Reinach, 69007 Lyon - +33 (0)7 86 70 81 82

    Travel shapes youth and it can also change lives. The trio of friends who arrived in Kuala Lumpur in 2016 are proof of this – inspired by the richness of the local cuisine, they decided to open a Malay restaurant on their return to Lyon. They devoted their last year on site to culinary training, refining their business plan and Amélie passed her French Cookery Diploma (CAP cuisine)… Located close to the Saône, their fabulous venue is the end result of this crazy adventure. A lively space where you can savour dishes whose descriptions themselves take you on a journey. Beef Rendang, which is beef cooked in coconut milk, ginger, lemongrass, turmeric and capsicum, or Char Kway Teow made with rice noodles, hot bubbling prawns, soya, egg and minced Chinese sausage; not to mention their home-made flaky bread, served while still warm…

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    The most street food

    Food Traboule

    European, French, Beer - €€-€€€ - 3.5 km from Mama

    Right at the heart of the Tour Rose, this 660 m2 food hall offers a range of modern gastronomic cuisine led by a dozen chefs who cook right in front of your eyes.
    You’ll want to try everything!
    22 rue du Bœuf, 69005 Lyon

    In the heart of the old town, the Tour Rose was once home to a luxury hotel and a famous restaurant run by the chef, Philippe Chavent who made it a true Lyon institution. Left empty for many years, it has been given a new lease of life by a team of architects who managed to preserve the Renaissance building by creating a food hall calling all food aficionados. A unique venue that offers outstanding street food in various different spaces. Depending on what you fancy, you can try lobster rolls or oysters au gratin at Lobs, a ham toastie with truffles at Bistrot du potager, fresh onigiri at Yataï or steamed bread stuffed with chorizo, Asian vinegar, sesame and coriander at Substrat… All accompanied by craft beers or a fantastic selection of natural wines that can be found in one of the bars. Our favourite? On the first floor, close to the magnificent glass ceiling and game of darts.

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    The most gastronomic

    Les Apothicaires

    European, French, Healthy - €€-€€€ - 3 km from Mama

    Husband and wife culinary duo, Tabata and Ludovic Mey have shaken up the Lyon gastronomic scene with their unique cuisine, justifiably awarded a Michelin star.
    23 rue de Sèze, 69006 Lyon - +33 (0)4 26 02 25 09

    After a culinary world tour, Tabata, of French-Brazilian origin, and the (very) Savoyard Ludovic decided to settle in this generous and cosy place. It features a large library filled with jars and cookbooks, rich blue painted or tapestry-covered walls and an open kitchen so you can admire the team at work… The space echoes their gastronomy – free and inspired. The not-to-be-missed delicacies include tuna marinated in verjuice, beef in jelly with ponzu and black rice or zaatar pigeon with a prune, bilberry and fragrant geranium sauce. First-class know-how, offered as a lunchtime tasting menu for under 50 euros.

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    The most gourmet

    Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Bocuse

    French Market, local - 2.5 km from Mama

    Saint-Félicien cheese, sausage-filled brioches, praline tarts… Renamed Halles Paul Bocuse in honour of the city’s famous Michelin-starred chef, this mythical food market offers Lyon’s very best gastronomic delights under one roof. Paradise for all food lovers.
    102, cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon

    A symbol of a city that claims the title of gastronomic capital of France, these Halles naturally focus on all of Lyon’s local delicacies but also French specialities. A go-to venue open, from 7:00/8:00 a.m., where you can marvel at the stalls and enjoy the early morning calm to chat with traders. Butchers, market gardeners, cheesemongers, wine merchants…. Around fifty purveyors occupy these legendary halls, including some of Lyon’s biggest names in gastronomy. Charcuterie Sibilia (butchers) with its saveloy sausage, Mère Richard with its Saint-Marcellin cheese, Maison Giraudet with its new take on dumplings…. So many addresses that take you to the heart of a unanimously recognised culinary tradition.

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  • The most historic

    The Croix-Rousse neighbourhood

    History

    The birthplace of Lyon’s silk manufacturers, the Croix Rousse is the former stronghold of the Canuts (Lyonnais silk weavers) who left their mark on the history of the city. Extremely popular today, the neighbourhood has managed to retain a cool and down-to-earth vibe with its terraces, little bars and vintage shops.

    L’instant poétique, 129 bld de la Croix Rousse, 69004. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 98 66 45 – https://www.instantpoetique.com/

    Bonnesoeurs 8 rue du Chariot d’or, 69004. Tel. +33 (0)9 66 90 76 28 – https://bonnesoeursstore.com/

    Poussière des Rues, 16 rue du Mail, 69004. Tel. +33 (0)6 66 74 02 28 – https://www.poussieredesrues.fr/

    Le Livre en pente, 18 rue des pierres plantées. 69001. Tel. +33 (0)9 50 05 00 35 – https://www.facebook.com/lelivreenpente/?ref=bookmarks

     

    Today, it is still one the most authentic neighbourhoods with its imposing buildings that were once home to the Jacquard craftsmen and secret passageways (traboules) leading from one workshop to another. It is also one of the most moving as it tells the story of the Canuts, these famous silk weavers who staged numerous uprisings against the appalling working conditions. The Maison des Canuts pays homage to them, just like this incredible mural painting covering 1,200 m2 (Europe’s biggest trompe-l’oeil fresco) depicting them at work, or the Cour des Voraces (a courtyard building) and its covered passageways (traboules), which was one of the main centres of the uprising. Wander through the back streets, stopping at the Instant Poétique concept store or the quirky Bonnes Sœurs boutique with its voto offerings and candles. Visit Poussière des Rues, the silk-screen printing workshop managed by Céline with its remarkable selection of stationery or Le Livre en Pente bookstore with its second-hand art and literature collections.

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    Best for cinematographic art

    Institut Lumière

    Museum - 3 km from Mama

    All of a sudden, a large screen displays a stream of workers leaving the factory, with bikes, dogs running… This film, the first in the world, dates back to 1895 and is just one of the many highlights on display in this Art Deco building that belonged to the Lumière Brothers...
    25 rue du Premier Film, 69008 Lyon - +33 (0)4 78 78 18 95

    Rightly known as the Mecca of all cinema buffs, this modern and interactive museum showcases the inventions of the famous brothers (magic lantern, praxinoscope) which led to the birth of cinema, but here, our favourite space is still the Hangar du Premier-Film (Hangar of the First Film), the exact location where Louis Lumière shot his very first film on the 18th March 1895. Transformed into a projection room, it offers a fabulous range of daily screenings with the name of a director who contributed to the history of cinema on each seat.

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    The most instagrammable

    Musée des Confluences

    Museum - 3.5 km from Mama

    Sitting at the meeting point of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this sumptuous building made of metal and glass tells the story of mankind through time. An incredible narrative ranging from dinosaur skeletons to high-tech discoveries.
    86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon - +33 (0)4 28 38 11 90

    We should say from the start that, this museum, designed by the Austrian firm of architects, Coop Himmelblau, is one of our special favourites… For its spectacular architecture – a kind of large vessel that appears to be rising up out of the water – but also for its originality, and its ambition, as it prides itself on answering 4 big questions on the human condition. Who are we? Where have we come from? Where are we going? And what do we do? A common thread that links the 3,000 pieces on display, from animal mummies to videos of extinct species, from 3,000-year-old Egyptian statues and 3D videos explaining the Big Bang to Aboriginal paintings. Best explored on Thursday evenings to escape the crowds.

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    The most photographic

    Galerie Le Réverbère

    Art gallery - 5 km from Mama

    Located on the Croix-Rousse hill, this art gallery dedicated to contemporary photography is host to numerous exhibitions both in situ and outside its walls….
    38 rue Burdeau 69001 Lyon - +33 (0)4 72 00 06 72

    It’s been almost exactly 40 years since Catherine Dérioz and Jacques Damez opened this 300m2 space with the aim of sharing their passion for – and cultural background in – photography. Over these last four decades, this duo has organised more than 200 in situ exhibitions and 1,000 outside its walls, advocating an approach that is both diverse and demanding and in turn introducing emerging talents and established artists (William Klein, Bernard Plossu, Denis Roche or Alain Fleischer). Their exhibitions always create a buzz, not to be missed….

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    The most Lyonnais

    The Gadagne museum

    Museum - 4 km from Mama

    A UNESCO-listed world heritage site, this Renaissance building is home to two exceptional museums but also a rustic café with views over vegetable plots and orchards dating back to the fourteenth century.
    1 place du petit Collège, 69005 Lyon - +33 (0)4 76 42 03 61

    Gadagne is firstly a name. Bestowed by the Gadagni, a powerful Florentine family of bankers who, in the sixteenth century, made this Renaissance hotel one of the most famous in Lyon. Repurchased by the town council in the 1920s, this hotel was split into two fascinating museums. Dedicated to the history of the town, the first displays incredible collections that tell the history of Lyon, from its martyrs (including the famous Sainte Blandine) to the development of printing and, in particular, silk which made Lyon famous throughout the world. The second (our favourite) is home to a collection of some 2,000 puppets from all over the world. A special mention goes to the Ballet of the Stars (Ballet des étoiles), which transports you backstage – an opportunity to laugh, dream, tremble…. Whichever you choose, don’t miss the fabulous café that opens onto the city rooftops and 16th century gardens with their orange trees, lemon trees and abundance of hollyhocks.

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    The most historic

    Strolling through the old town

    Old town - 3.5 km from Mama

    The best way to discover Lyon is to start from where it all began. The Fourvière Hill that you reach via La Ficelle, the mythical funicular railway that runs all the way to the Basilica and its esplanade. Admire the breath-taking, panoramic view before wending your way down through gardens and little back streets...

    This takes you to the heart of the old town, a stonework wonder with its Gothic architecture and narrow back streets that develop into a network of secret passageways, the famous traboules, which are the very soul of Lyon. Our special favourites include the three districts (quartiers) that make up the old town. Saint-Georges, with its steep stairways, the Montée des Epies and Montée du Gourgillon, commanding views over the village. Saint Paul, with its Gothic buildings and rue de la Loge where The Clockmaker of St. Paul was filmed… And, lastly, Saint-Jean, our favourite, with its cathedral and incredible astrological clock that indicates the position of the earth, moon and stars above Lyon; its exquisite Place de la Basoche and, of course, rue Saint-Jean with its secret passageways and Gothic houses occupied by galleries and museums, most notably, the famous Gadagne….

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  • The most democratic

    Le Sucre

    Bar, Club - 4.6 km from Mama

    The nicest rooftop bar in Lyon (along with ours) but also the best club in town with an eclectic and cutting-edge mix of music.
    40-50 quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon

    Housed in a former sugar warehouse dating back to the 1930s, this hybrid and ambitious venue was created as a social and cultural space for partying, exchanges and hanging out. And while the evenings have achieved cult status thanks to the excellent DJ sets (electro in particular), le Sucre also has a lot of offer in terms of visual creation, design and digital culture. With its rooftop bar and views over the Saône, this venue is buzzing night and day. You can come here to enjoy a craft beer, have a game of ping-pong or a go on the skate-board ramp, before heading down to the club below. Le Sucre opens its doors to everyone, there is no dress code or VIP area… details very much in keeping with the philosophy of the venue.

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    For night owls

    The river boats (péniches) of the Rhône et Saône

    Chill

    Locals now flock to the quays to meet up for after-work drinks and go from bar to bar taking advantage of the happy hour deals. Our favourites...

    La Marquise, 20 quai Victor Augagneur, 69003. Tel. +33 (0)4 72 61 92 92 – http://www.marquise.net/

    Star ferry, 2 quai Victor Augagneur, 69003. Tel. +33 (0)4 72 60 97 18

    Le Sirius, 4 quai Victor Augagneur. 69003. Tel. +33 (0)4 78 71 78 71. – https://www.lesirius.com/

    La Barge, 15 quai Général Sarrail. 69006. Tel. +33 (0)6 25 94 10 54 – https://labarge-lyon.fr/

     

    Moored on the banks of the Rhône and Saône, these river boats (péniches) are among the some of the most lively venues in the city, each one with its own distinctive crowd and atmosphere. Located on the banks of the Rhône for more than 20 years, La Marquise remains the Mecca of electro and one of the nicest spots. Within walking distance and ideal for after-work drinks, the Star Ferry brings together both mojito and beer lovers with some 80 different drinks to try accompanied by a house burger and chips. As for students, they flock to the neighbouring Sirius, which offers a wonderful view over the Hôtel Dieu and hosts numerous concerts. And, lastly, La Barge is still the most bucolic with its faux palm trees and lounge music, perfect for a refreshing aperitif as the sun sets.

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    The most British

    L’Antiquaire

    Bar - €€-€€€ - 3.7 km from Mama

    Low lighting, brick walls, Chesterfield chairs… Marc Bonneton has created a perfect haven for sipping the Negroni and Boulevardier cocktails that have made this talented bartender one of the biggest names in French mixology.
    20 rue Hippolyte-Flandrin 69001 Lyon - +33 (0)6 34 21 54 65

    Midway between the banks of the Rhône and the Saône, rue Hippolyte Flandrin attracts a young, hip crowd who come and scour the vintage streetwear shops before reaching l’Antiquaire, one of the coolest bars in the neighbourhood. On the menu, perfectly executed classics and some house creations, including the ‘Marco Bacardi Fizz’ that the owner is known for: mix of rum, lemon juice, Chartreuse, egg white, cream and sugar. We also love the ‘Old Fashioned’ made with Angostura bitter, sugar, orange zest, cherry and Bourbon. To be savoured against the backdrop of jazz and blues until well into the early hours.

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    The most vintage

    Sauvage

    Bar - €€-€€€ - 1.5 km from Mama

    Located in the Guillotière neighbourhood (and close to Mama), this cosy bar has a bit of fun playing around with classic liqueurs - Rinquinquin, Bénédicte… enhancing the forgotten flavours.
    3 rue Montesquieu, 69007 Lyon - +33 (0)4 37 29 23 79

    Sauvage is a bar unlike any other: wallpaper featuring enormous flowers and stylized birds, bamboo lanterns, waxed parquet floors and, to drink, cocktails based on aperitifs that are as flavourful as they are original. A special mention goes to the pineapple bomb: Rivesaltes Ambré (French amber-coloured wine), infused coffee liqueur, cognac, organic verjuice, galanga bitter, finished off with sparkling pineapple juice. Or the Sicilian Smash: verbena liqueur, organic Limencello, Dolin Vermouth with Timur berries, verbena, mint and lemon. Connoisseurs will appreciate the menu of vintage aperitifs with porto or gentian liqueur. To be savoured with a selection of tapas; potted hake with pastis and a (very) regressive Liège waffle.

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  • The most secret

    Jardin des Curiosités

    Garden - 4 km from Mama

    Situated on the Fourvière hilltop, this place remains the haunt of a few insiders who intend on keeping their paradise a secret.
    Place Abbé Larue, 69005 Lyon - +33 (0)4 72 69 47 60

    It must be said that the charming Jardin des Curiosités has everything: a breath-taking view over Lyon and numerous spots for lazing around, reading a book, picnicking with family or friends, all before relishing the sunset (magical!) which bathes the whole city in a soft, golden light.

    The entrance is at the far end of the car park.

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    The good deals

    Puces du Canal

    Flea market - 10 km from Mama

    This is France’s second largest flea market and one of the nicest. Better still, last September the Puces du Canal launched a regular gathering called “the collector’s weekend” (les week-ends du collectionneur in French).
    1 rue du Canal, 69100 Villeurbanne

    Devoted to the art of entertaining, the first gathering allowed you to discover the finds of four guest stallholders and leading experts in the field (vintage crockery, silverware, painted plates, etc.). Not forgetting the usual stallholders who have all carefully selected their beautiful pieces.

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    The most Venice like

    The Vaporetto (river boat)

    River boat - 6 km from Mama

    This river boat takes you from Vaise station to the Musée des Confluences stopping at Saint-Paul station and the Quai des Célestins.

    A trip down the river to admire the banks of the Saône lined with works of art, terraces, bars and restaurants… You will also not want to miss Les Subsistances – a former convent that is now a contemporary art centre representing the incredible architecture of this city and listed as a World Heritage Site.

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    The most atypical

    Auguste and Cocotte

    Deco concept-store - €€€ - 2 km from Mama

    Around Place Bellecour, the antiquarian district is also home to the concept store, Auguste and Cocotte, conceived by four friends, two of whom had stalls on the Saint-Ouen flea market.
    16 rue Auguste Comte, 69002 Lyon

    They sell exceptional furniture and lighting but also crockery, household linen, home fragrances and jewellery. Not to be missed!

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    The most bucolic

    Parc de la Tête d’or

    Park - 4 km from Mama

    The largest urban park in France where you can spend the day lazing around on the banks of the river,
    Parc de la Tête d'or, 69006 Lyon

    discovering the 400 wild species in the zoo, admiring the 16,000 tree species in the botanical gardens, greenhouses and rose garden, while sports enthusiasts play football or explore the 117-hectare public park by bike, on roller blades or by scooter.

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Les Lyonnais

Olivier Marchal

L'Homme de Lyon

François-Guillaume Lorrain
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