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Why fly to Lyon?
Do you love food - actually let's hold up here since everyone enjoys food, the real question is are you serious about your search for mind-blowing gastronomy?
If a tongue tango with the finest of ingredients puts a smile on your face than a trip to Lyon you must.
Lyon is located in the Rhone-Alpes area on the Rhone and Saone rivers and sits in the middle of the Beaujolais and Cotes de Rhone wine regions, which adds to its gastronomic superiority. Famous Lyonnaise preparations include andouillette sausage as well as Rosette de Lyon. Lyon is home to famed chef Paul Bocuse and the cuisines prepared in his Michelin-starred eatery represent some of the finest of Lyon cuisine - although many would say all cuisine in Lyon is of the highest quality.
The city's old renaissance town, Ville-Lyon, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will see why as you walk along the
cobblestones streets and through the narrow alleyways past old homes and little shops.
The Notre Dame Basilica sits majestically on a hill and looks over the city. You can head from the old town area of Vieuz-Lyon and climb up the hill or take the funicular. The cathedral is a mix of Byzantine and Roman styles with gorgeous mosaics and statues inside. The ceilings feel as though they are miles away. Besides the cathedral itself is the incredible view when you reach the top.
For a visit to a place off the beaten track head to the Miniature and Film Prop Museum (Musee des Miniatures et decors de cinema). Here you will find a collection of props from movies spanning several decades, recreated scenes from the movie 'Perfume,' and most interestingly a bunch of miniature sets created with painstaking detail. The mini sets are incredible and the most interesting part of visiting the museum.
For a lovely afternoon walk or some jogging and biking visit Parc de la Tete d'Or. The atmosphere is relaxing, complete with leafy trees and park benches where people do actually sit and read. The park sits in the center of the city and is great as there is a separated bike lane and running lane so everyone can enjoy it together while doing different things. The park also has a lovely rose garden for gorgeous picture-taking.
Follow up your walk with a little meander through the cobble stone, curvy alleyways in Presqu'ile. It is located between the two rivers and is a little more laid-back than the rest of the city center where the tourist throngs converge. Take in a gallery or museum before you sit down to a delightful meal.
Lyon is a city for all the senses, but on this trip let your sense of taste be the star.
Lyon has cold winters and hot summers. The winter numbers drop past 0 and into the negatives in January and February especially. The temperatures shoot up in the summer and noon time numbers hover around 30. Rainfall sprinkles the city throughout the year, however most of it visits in the summer and fall.
When to fly to Lyon
A Lyon summer is what dreams are made of for many people that choose to return again and again. The high tourist numbers in the warm months means flight tickeyt prices are fairly high.
The winter months are less popular as the weather is chilly meaning less opportunity to enjoy the city's greenery. The tourist numbers are significantly lower from January through to March which means flight ticket prices are priced to sell. The winter months make for a good opportunity to visit all of the cities cultural institutions and enjoy the delicious food with all o the flight ticket savings.
Your gateway to beautiful Lyon will have you landing at Lyon Airport. You have numerous choices for getting into the city including public buses as well as light rail. You can take the special express tram and get into Lyon in 30 minutes. There are special shuttles that can take you to the ski resorts as well as shared van service. Taxis are also available outside of the terminal.
Getting around Lyon
Lyon is a great walking city as this is the best way to see all of the lovely architecture. You can also rent bikes and power your own wheeled-exploring. However if you want to travel outside of the city center you can use public transport buses or the light rail service. Taxis are also available.
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