Apologies for the boring topic but Lyon has one of the most modern and beautiful airports I have seen. Most airports are just a replica of each other; same layout, design etc. But Lyon is something else. There had clearly been a lot of thought in it and wasn’t just a generic airport. Sit yourself in an airport and it could be any in the world, sit yourself in Lyon’s and you know you’re in Lyon International.
WHERE IS LYON?
FLY WITH THE BIRDS
Anyway I came here purely to do the fly with the birds, something that’s been on my list for a few years and the reason I couldn’t wait a few more days for my Chad visa. It was no surprise that at this point it looked likely that I would also fall victim. But I decided to stay a night in Lyon and check the city out, after all I had arrived pretty early after a red eye and had a few days to kill before meeting the rents.
- The people of Lyon are called “Lyonnais”.
- Lyon is the birthplace of cinematograph cameras, which was invented by the lumiere brothers in 1895.
- The international police federation known as the interpol has its headquarters in lyon.
I checked into Premiere Classe, a small budget hotel for €70, a little more than I usually spend but I wanted to be close to the station for my train early in the morning. This actually proved to be the wrong decision as my train would depart from the opposite side of the city. With Lyon, I hadn’t done any research as I wasn’t meant to be staying here so I really didn’t expect much but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a pretty city with nice architecture, like most of France.
- Lyon was the silk capital of the world for many centuries.
- The city of lyon was founded by the romans.
- Every year in december the city has a four-day festival, “festival of lights”.
- Lyon is the second richest city in france, after paris.
- The city of lyon is home to 14 michelin star restaurants.
I was pretty ecstatic to see that the Lime Scooters were here which meant getting around the city was going to be hassle free. The hotel is a 30minute walk to the city centre so its just as well but the night was spent getting a bite to eat and a quick walk before it got dark.
THAI ICE CREAM
After the questionable food from Africa I made sure to check out who was serving up the best dessert in the city. As soon as I came across Maison Lena I knew I was in for a treat. They have two of my favourite sweet dishes mixed into one. Thai ice cream, which is frozen on order with your own selection of ingredients and a waffle, absolutely delicious! If you are in this area of Lyon be sure and take a walk around the narrow streets which are full cafes and restaurants. I would also recommend a visit to Rue Mercière where you will find plenty more.
Off to Toulouse tomorrow. Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of the West Africa Series, pt1, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.
- Have you been to Lyon, what was your experience like?
- Where did you stay?
- What is the highlights?
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