I woke up Saturday morning with no plans for the weekend. Before getting out of bed for breakfast I looked at google maps and realized Lyon is only 2 hours away. And that Lyon is the gastronomical capital of France. I quickly searched and booked a cheap B&B for the night and then got dressed and headed to the kitchen. In about two hours, after filling my stomach and the gas tank and got goodbye hugs from the family, I was off on my first road-trip in France.
It was a beautiful day for a drive, and fortunately (in hindsight) I missed the entrance to the highway and spent half of the trip driving alongside the Rhone river and the Jura cliffs. It was stunning. I shortly arrived in Lyon and found my B&B. I checked in and dropped my bag before heading out to explore the city. Lyon is the second largest city in France, and Lyonnais food is considered top-notch. I did a lot of walking as my hotel was about 5 km from the city center. Lyon is sometimes referred to as the city between two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone. It is a very beautiful spot and has a lovely old town. I spent a lot of time walking through the many pedestrian streets between the rivers, browsing the many shops, ranging from ritzy Prada-type stores to unique boutique shops. There were also many streets that we lined continuously with bars, cafes, boulangeries, fromageries, and restaurants. I also was there during a festival weekend celebrating all the countries of the world.
Sunday morning I decided to check out the fresh open-air market along the Saone and then walk up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de fourvière. After a demanding walk up hundreds of stairs and a steep hill, I was taken aback by the beauty of this magnificent church. It offers stunning views of the city of Lyon and the greater region. Inside is an immense amount of historical and architectural beauty. It is worth the climb! Also, apparently there is a shuttle bus from the city center for those who don’t want to walk – but I needed to wear off the delicious crepes from the night before!
Lyon is a beautiful city, and definitely worth a visit to enjoy the rivers, the old town, and great food. Thanks for reading!