Lovely Lyon a must see city in France

This would be my first time visiting this majestic city and now after having been, I know I will visit again and again. This must-see city has everything, from history, architecture, culture, shopping, ease of transportation and good eats, its the pièce de résistance of all things French.


405 Bar à Bières (Lyon)


The Tourism office is quite helpful and busy. Street maps including walking tours are free, we just had to take a number and wait to be served, it was that busy in February. I can only imagine during the summer months.


Lyon is one of France’s UNESCO World Heritage cities beginning with the Romans and has several sites that are still in tact. Even though we were only there for one day, we were able to see quite a few sites. Lyon can be traced back to 43 B.C. when the Romans called it, Lugdunum and has played an important role politically, religiously and culturally. A fiscally important city during the Renaissance, Lyon was notably important for it’s trade routes and built up trading on both rivers the Saône and the Rhone.


Lyon is shaped similarly like Paris, several of the sites to see are on the island and accessible by bridges, rail and some roads (certain roads.) I encourage people to take the train. Public transportation around Lyon is super easy, whether you stay on the island (Presqu’île – heart of the city) or in the surrounding area.



The cultural offering in Lyon is huge. There’s lots of energy: people creating things, and also people organising events, setting up music labels. These projects often prompt established places into upping their game and undertaking big revamps.



Cinematic history

Paris has been in many movies. “Moulin Rouge.” “Amelie.” “Midnight in Paris.” But Lyon pretty much invented the movies. Or, at least, two of its most famous sons did.
Auguste and Louis Lumiere are credited with creating the first film camera (the cinematograph) in 1892. You can pay tribute to their vision at Lyon’s Institut Lumiere, with its museum and cinema.



Paris doesn’t have a large central green space — unless you count the Jardins des Tuileries, which are predominantly surfaced in gravel, and are therefore white. But Lyon has the Parc de la Tete d’Or, which — with its 117 hectares of grass and trees — cozies up to the Rhone in the sixth arrondissement.
Here, you can go boating on the lake, cycle along winding pathways, or simply lie in the shade and remark on the fact that this metropolitan lung’s name — Park of the Golden Head — sounds a bit silly in English.


Roman history

In numbers, this is basically a tie.
Julius Caesar stomped his sandals into the fledgling Paris in 52 B.C.; Lyon had its first date with expansionist toga-wearing proto-Italians when it was founded as Lugdunum a decade later in 43 B.C. But Lyon was the more important city under Roman rule — a teacher’s pet that became Rome’s head boy in ancient Gaul.
This still shows.
Lyon’s Roman structures are almost as impressive today as they were in the days of the gladiators — especially the remnants of its public baths and the giant amphitheater on Fourviere hill at the Gallo-Roman Museum.


Why did the Romans plonk Lugdunum onto the map where they did? Because the place was ideal for a settlement. West of the Alps, it was a decent stop-off point halfway up France and not too far from the mother city.
But above that, because it had — and has — two rivers. The Rhone, which is so long that it has to travel from Switzerland, curves through the center of Lyon. So does the Saone. The two meet in the aptly titled district of Confluence.
Paris, by contrast, has just one river, the Seine. Ah, c’est dommage.



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