Lyon and its hidden treasures
When my friends announced that they’re going to get married in April 2015 in the south
of France I got immediately super excited! Well, for two reasons – first, their wedding
is going to be in one of the most beautiful parts of the world (Provence) and second,
it is going to be THE party of the year! Both reasons happened to be reconfirmed and so true.
What I have not expected was Lyon to be such a beautiful city (lack of curiosity I guess).
What a pleasant surprise!
Lyon, the third largest city in France, is also France’s gastronomic capital. There’s no doubt
about that. You can literally eat the best of French cuisine at almost every corner of the city.
Known as Lyonnais bouchon, traditional restaurants with hearty food and casual atmosphere
could be found at the peninsula (Presqu’Ile) between Rhone and Saone rivers, offering delicious
specialties from the region, like black pudding with apple, slow-cooked stew of tender pig’s
cheeks, confit duck, sausages, cheese and mouthwatering desserts.
There’s more to Lyon than the fine dining. Lyon is a city of secret passageways and hidden
treasures. The city is perfect to be explored by bike, you could rent a velo for the day and enjoy
the street life while you pedal around Lyon with the wind at your back. There are many small
markets around the city selling seasonal fruits and vegetables and adding to the charm of Lyon.
Beautiful Place Bellecourt in the middle of downtown is a great spot for a mid-day picnic or
an afternoon coffee. Walk the streets of Lyon towards the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere
and you’ll find both the key to its charm and marvel at its power to transform. Away from the
trendy slopes you can find old-fasioned shops and many entertaining places, museums and
institutions to enrich your passion for culture. Stroll along the river Rhone and dine on one of
the canal boats…there are countless reasons to be charmed by Lyon and its bourgeois citizens.
Hopefully I’ll go back.
Mama Shelter Lyon was our home for the night. What a great place to stay! You can read more
about this hip hotel here.