Festival of Lights

Last week we talked about the origins of the Festival of Lights. Since this event is finished we can now talk about the financial aspect for Lyon.








 It is very hard to exactly evaluate the 20141205_210923_HDRnumber of visitors but between 3 and 4 million people walked down the streets during these four days. The exact number of curious people drawn by the festival for 2014 are not available for now, but in 2013 the tourism agency of Lyon has registered 60 000 visitors at the office of Bellecour, that corresponds to 30 % of the annual amount of tourists, meantime the SNCF has counted 16 500 additional journeys with respect to a « normal » week end.

As you know the tourists need to sleep, therefore the hotel trade is the main sector impacted by the festival. Between 2012 and 2013 hotels registered an increase of 12,5 % of the number of the persons sleeping in their buildings.

The restaurant industry is also affected; they multiply their incomes by 4 during this period. When we visited Lyon during this celebration with my friends we would like to go in a bar but that was impossible because of the huge number of people waiting for the same thing. To conclude we can say that, in addition to its popular aspect, the festival of lights possesses a financial dimension very important for the city.


The TV show of the week

Two weeks left before Christmas holidays! No drama, no strange science fiction, this week I want to give you dreams and happiness (yeah, I’m like that) with Once Upon A Time. The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales and other stories that were transported to the “real world” town and robbed of their original memories by the Evil Queen.  Snow White and Prince Charming never have the happy ending they deserve, their daughter was saved from the malediction by being sent in our world and she is now supposed to break the curse. You’re lost? That’s totally fine. I see you coming: no that’s not a show for children, this is actually quite complicated. The particularity of the series is to give a new vision of the fairy tales we know by heart. In the Once Upon A Time’s version of Red Riding Hood, the cute little girl is a werewolf, Snow White is a badass princess, evil witches have a good heart and Peter Pan is a bad guy. The show doesn’t even stop here and introduced other fictional worlds like the world of Oz, Frankenstein story, Wonder World or Arendelle from Frozen (Let it goooooo!).

If you are like me, and you grew up with Disney movies, dreaming of turning into a princess or a pirate, you will fall in love with the unique ambience of the series, and the very touching characters from Hook to Ariel. Spoilers ahead, the entire story of the show is a fairy tale, and each fairy tale comes with a happy end, so don’t except blood and slaughter (#RedWeddingStillHurts). This is also what made the show so enjoyable; sometimes a bit of sweetness is good for the mood.


It will be impossible to really understand what’s happening without watching every episodes of the show, but these one can give you a good idea of what Once Upon A Time looks like:

  • 1×01 Pilot: The best way is to start with the beginning. This very well written episode will convince you of the interest of the show, touching and smart; you will never see the Snow White story the same way.
  • 1×15 Red-Handed: A totally new version a Red Riding Hood, darker and more interesting than it could seem!
  • 1×17 Hat Trick: This episode focus on the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonder World, esthetically beautiful, the created back story of this mysterious fictional character is among the most well done of the series.
  • 2×06 Ariel: Guess what? This one is about a well-know mermaid dreaming of being human. Not revolutionary but still awesome.

What’s up on your screen?

The very last adventure in the Middle Earth comes to the cinema next Wednesday, don’t miss The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies.

There is the last trailer of Terminator Genesys with Arnold Schwarzenegger (yes, again), and Emilia Clark (alias Daenerys Stormborn from the House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons…).

Thomas POINT, Ilona DUCIEL