10 Places to see in Lyon
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One more stop on our Tour de France. Today, I will take you to Lyon, the capital of the Rhône Alp region. The beautiful city has been standing long before France even was and is filled with historical and culinary wonders, come and see!
1) Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière:
The basilica, over watching the city from the Fourvière hill, is a very recent construction (circa 1872). Compared to most religious monuments in France (see the articles on Caen or Carcassonne.) Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Lyon traditionally honors the Virgin by lighting thousands of candles all over town during the Festival of Lights. On a clear day, the view is such that the Mont Blanc can be observed.
2) Parc de la tête d'Or:
The urban "Park of the Golden head" spreading over an area of 290 acres is composed of a lake, a botanical garden, a zoo as well as some sports facilities, from a mini-golf to horse-riding tracks, is a very popular choice among families. It goes back the 17th century on a field mainly composed of swamps from the river Rhône. Later turned into the grandiose greenland that it is now, it is the pride of the city. A great day for a family, couples or anyone enjoying some green grass in the city.
3) Vieux Lyon:
From the feet of the Fourvière hill, lays the oldest district of Lyon (old = vieux). Its three neighborhoods, Saint-Jean, Saint-Paul and Saint-Georges, used to be the city center during the Middle Age. Now praised for their paved streets and Traboules, the district is filled with the old times charm and promises gorgeous sights for a walk downtown.
4) Les Halles Paul Bocuse:
No less than 50 of the best artisans can be found in the Halles. Known as the "stomach of Lyon", the merchants reflects the highest and finest food of the region. The name "Paul Bocuse" was added in 2006 to honor the chef Lyonnais who use to do his groceries there. Some of its providers are still there nowadays. A great stop for any gourmets.
5) Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon:
From Ancient Egypt to Modern art, the Museum of Fine arts of Lyon boasts one of France's largest collection. It regularly hosts great expositions. A enriching visit to enjoy for arts enthusiasts.
6) Le Théâtre Romain:
Travel back all the way to 15 BC! The theater was finished during the 2nd century and could host as much as 10.000 visitors. Though the theater is now more of a tourist attraction with a its own museum, it stills welcomes the annual Festival "Nuit de Fourvière".
7) La Presqu'île:
The peninsula stretches right at the city's heart. Famous for its blend of ancient architecture and modern construction, tourists enjoy the area for its pittoresque view, the numerous cafés and restaurants. A must see when strolling around the town.
8) La Maison de Guignol:
The theater hosts the famous children's favorite: Guignol for daily show at 10:30 am and 4 pm. At night, the café welcomes various humorists for a great night of laughter with friends.
9) Les Quenelles Lyonnaises:
Lyon is known for its variety of dishes and for being "The capital of gastronomy." But if there must be one thing to try its Les Quenelles Lyonnaises. Several flavors can be found, try pike quenelles (pike = brochet).
10) Equilibre Vertical - Via Ferrata
If you love great outdoor activities, this one's for you: Equilibre Vertical takes you rock-climbing up and down a waterfall! Try this thrilling experience and enjoy a view like no other.
The municipality of Lyon might be the second largest town in France, it has kept all the charm of a small country town. It is home to beautiful remnants of the Roman era and find the perfect balance between old days and our modern times. You will find there great activities whether traveling, solo with friends or as families.
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