A quick trip into Lyon!!!

Ok so it is fun to relive good memories and this is what the update on my older posts has brought me, love it! I will continue here with my black and white posts of lately and tell you a bit about Lyon, the city! I have been all over France, but sometimes just touch base like in this case. Hope you enjoy the introduction.

I am not going into the history because it is long and one post or even one blog is not enough. I just tell you of my passing thru Lyon. During my trip to Italy , I had time to come out a bit and explore Lyon thanks to the great public transport system;however, the city was all in fog with under 3°C!!! hardly the time to be out,and the photos were not good unfortunately.

It was an opportunity to come back to the city visited years before, it has change for the better. Some of my observation and that of my hosts.

One of the great one born 300 years ago in Geneva but made this city his for long periods, is Jean-Jacques Rousseau, He lived here or around here from 1722-1724, and again from 1768-1770.

The city of Lyon  is known for its gastronomic marvels second only to Paris, so the food is sublime here. There is an exposition that is worth seeing if time allowed at the musée Gadagne, call “Gourmandises! Histoire de la Gastronomie” works ,films,and videos showing the culinary art of Lyon.

Some work of art in gourmand madmen I am , from this occassion were the Docks 40, 40 quai Rambaud, in the 2éme arrondissement , welcome back to memories with bagels, burgers, club sandwiches, milkshakes, and home made French fries! , and other occassions i have been to the brothers bouchons of Lyon, Au Trois Cochons ,9 rue des Marronniers 2éme arrondissement is great,but take your pick tastes they are all good, recommended.

Then grab a honey nectar at Divins Nectars,(now call Secrets d’Apiculteur), 54 rue Saint-Jean, 5é, my miel d’acacia is great here. How about a great bar of chocolate,  Barres d’Or Noir, at chocolatier Bouiller ,one main store at 15 rue de la Croix-Rousse. Finish it off with some great oils, olive oils that is, at A l’Olivier, 33 Cours F Roosevelt, 6éme.

Of course, I came in at the new Terminal 3 in the Lyon St Exupéry airport, my first taste of it, and it was good. Lots of low cost airlines are now base here. It has two levels connected by a walkaway, retails stores, and a food court. webpage: https://www.lyonaeroports.com/en

You , also, have easy TGV connections, for the train lover in you. Now with connections to Marseille in the 30 cities cover by this hub, the above airport site has more information, but you can go also to Brussels, Torino, or Milan, Avignon,Nicez, Grenoble,, Chambery,Arles, Aix-en-Provence, to name a few. It is an international airport so connections to many cities in Europe,Africa,and rest of France.

Now that we are in the ski season , and my boys leave sunday for the Alps, passing by here, they already have more experience here than I lol!!! There are many bus or navette service from the airport/gares to the ski resorts. You have direct connection from airport to Trois Vallées,Pardiski,Espace Kelly, Alpe d’Huez, Deux Alpes and Val d’Isére. They do five round trips per day, on Fridays Saturdays,and Sundays. You can find schedules and pricing at Altibus the company that service it. webpage from Lyon in English: https://www.altibus.com/en/arriving-by-plane/lyon-saint-exupery-airport/

To move from the airport to center of Lyon as I did this time, you take the public service rhoneexpress, very good indeed even on say foggy day ! In about 30 minutes you are there. It leaves from the TGV station in the airport, every 15 minutes frequency, from 6h to 21h and every 30 minutes from 5h-6h and 21h-00h,you can buy ticket on the bus or at the automatic machines in the stations as I did. webpage: https://www.rhonexpress.fr/en/access-and-schedules/23

Lyon is a great city, but as so many things to see you need at least two days in the city. I was ,also, looking forward to work here but this too was put on hold. Unfortunately, our plans were on hold due to the virus but it is in our list to come back with the boys for an in depth look. For now, hope you enjoy the introduction.

The city of Lyon info for tourists in French: https://www.lyon.fr/touriste

The Lyon tourist office in English: https://en.lyon-france.com/

The Rhône dept 69 tourist board on Lyon: https://www.rhonetourisme.com/decouvrir-le-rhone/le-rhone-et-ses-territoires/le-lyonnais-monts-et-coteaux/

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes tourist board on the Lyon area: https://www.auvergnerhonealpes-tourisme.com/retrouver-le-gout-des-belles-choses/lyon/

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “A quick trip into Lyon!!!”

  1. Ah Lyon. The bouchons! The cuisine!

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