Posted on June 18, 2014
France’s second largest city and economic and financial powerhouse has been on the map since its founding in 44BC. It’s a great city to explore on foot and leave as a satisfied tourist. Maybe chief among its attractions is that the people here love to eat, insist on good food and offer a super abundance of restaurants ready to satisfy the inquisitive palate.
Let’s start by taking a peek at our Airbnb accommodations, in a city new to us. Our car GPS didn’t fail us this time and got us right to the front door. We’re near the top of a steep hill, while the major highway from Paris is directly underneath the apartment in a long tunnel.
This is a nice small private home on three levels, connected by very steep stairs, bedroom on the top, bathroom on the bottom.
Around the corner is a small grocery store with good cheeses and local sausages, a boulangerie for fresh breads, a green grocer, and a patisserie/chocolatier. There’s nothing missing!
We are not so many blocks from two Roman amphitheaters and a monster basilica from the 19th century. We hoofed it up and over.
After all this workout, we work up an appetite and choose a sidewalk eatery at random.
We had a good look at the Saone but were disappointed that there were few walkways, trees, grass, etc. They are in the planning stage, mostly.
Let’s take a look at the main downtown plaza on the peninsula for a moment, near city hall and the opera house.
The city is rather well scrubbed here and there.
It’s time to head back home; our feet are weary from all the cobblestone pounding. We have two options – trudge up the hill, or take the funicular. We did both, on separate days
Au revoir, Lyon