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.

No. 8 is our abode for five days

No. 8 is our abode for five days

This is a nice small private home on three levels, connected by very steep stairs, bedroom on the top, bathroom on the bottom.

Can't wait to open that classic Pinot Noir

Can’t wait to open that classic Pinot Noir

Up a flight to the living room

Up a flight to the living room

Living room

Living room

Up even more to the bedroom

Up even more to the bedroom

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!

Where sweets are made, and pastries, too.

Where sweets are made, and pastries, too.

There are three of these within one block of us.

There are three of these within one block of us.

We are not so many blocks from two Roman amphitheaters and a monster basilica from the 19th century. We hoofed it up and over.

The Roman ruins that once held 30000 spectators, with the basilica in the background.

The Roman ruins that once held 30000 spectators, with the basilica in the background.

The rather overwhelming interior

The rather overwhelming interior

View from the basilica over Lyon to the Saone and Rhone rivers.

View from the basilica over Lyon to the Saone and Rhone rivers.

We decide to walk to the river, a looong way down.

We decide to walk to the river, a looong way down.

Here and there it's a bit spooky.

Here and there it’s a bit spooky.

But we're cheered by some of the wall art.

But we’re cheered by some of the wall art.

We squeeze through narrow passageways.

We squeeze through narrow passageways.

Stairs down, stairs up. Who knows where they all go.

Stairs down, stairs up. Who knows where they all go.

After all this workout, we work up an appetite and choose a sidewalk eatery at random.

Free water!!! Hurray.

Free water!!! Hurray.

Mussels for me. What a heap and so very good, as were the fries.

Mussels for me. What a heap and so very good, as were the fries.

A right typical menu board showing what their single $22.50 three course meal has to offer. Choose one from each course.

A right typical menu board showing what their single $22.50 three course meal has to offer. Choose one from each course.

No smoking indoors anywhere any more, so even the hired help has to step outside for a cig.

No smoking indoors anywhere any more, so even the hired help has to step outside for a cig.

After lunch we took a look in a confectioner's shop but were not tempted.

After lunch we took a look in a confectioner’s shop but were not tempted.

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.

An occasional sightseeing boat comes by. No other river traffic.

An occasional sightseeing boat comes by. No other river traffic.

Kinda plain on the other side.

Kinda simple on the other side.

They do offer rescue service.

They do offer rescue service.

Let’s take a look at the main downtown plaza on the peninsula for a moment, near city hall and the opera house.

Fashionable buildings are seen near the city center.

Fashionable buildings are seen near the city center.

Graffiti is under control pretty well here.

Graffiti is under control pretty well here.

The city is rather well scrubbed here and there.

Perhaps the only one of his kind in France.

Perhaps the only one of his kind in France.

There's still a bit too much of this.

There’s still a bit too much of this.

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

A nice neighborhood for walking

A nice neighborhood for walking

But sometimes I feel we are being watched.

But sometimes I feel we are being watched.

But not to worry.

But not to worry.

Here we go. Up, up, up up.

Here we go. Up, up, up up.

Oh, let's opt for the easy way. The stop is only half a block from our front door.

Oh, let’s opt for the easy way. The stop is only half a block from our front door.

Au revoir, Lyon

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