Whilst out in France, my mum and I had to drive to Lyon to pick up my sister and her husband from the airport. Lyon is France’s second largest city and is only about 2 hours away from our house. We haven’t spent any time in there for an absolute age- usually we just head to the airport and back- and I was so small the last time I don’t remember it at all. So, we decided to make a day of it and see what Lyon has to offer. I am so glad we did- it is just beautiful. Two big rivers run the through the centre, and like Paris, the city is divided into different quarters, each with different attractions and atmospheres. Because we only had maybe 4 hours to wander around, we picked the Vieux Ville- the Old Town – to explore.
Lyon is just what you would want from a French city. Tree lined steets, parks and beautiful buildings (including their very own Sacre Coeur), with little winding streets leading down to the riverside. Clearly a ton of work has been done around the city – the outside of the Cathedral is just stunning and all the stonework has been cleaned off so that you can see every detail, the riversides are being updated with little quiet spots to sit and eat your lunch by the water, and the public transport system is fantastic. We spent a good few hours just wandering and exploring before settling down to a late lunch in a small artisanal cafe – even if andouillette sausages are the local delicacy, I’m much happier with a plate of local cheeses and cured meats. We’ve had enough of the local offal offerings over the years for me to know that it doesn’t come top of my food list, except for boudin noir sausages which are fricking amazing (don’t click those wikipedia links if you have a delicate stomach…!)
A day walking around a beautiful french city in the sunshine was always going to be one well spent. Its given me a good reminder that next time we fly out to Lyon, maybe we should stop there for a night or two before driving to the house. I have a feeling there is a ton more waiting for us to see and do… Who needs to go to Paris hey?
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