Lyon is a place I have held always very close to my heart, it may be the reason it was so easy to fall in love with, and a city that every time I go back I insist I am ready to pack up and move. I may have the comfort of my family there, however, as I am not so much a homebody I don’t think this is the biggest draw to this bustling city. Yes of course it will play a part, but there is so much to this city than people give credit for. Filled with dense history, A home for the arts and delicious foods, what is not to love?! Lets not forget the culture that oozes out of this part of the country. Yes I am a sucker for long alfresco lunches, cigarettes and wine in the sun, and deep conversations over dinner. 

This booming city has recently had a lot of money put into its regeneration. The recently opened Tunnel De La Croix Rousse, which is the largest tunnel in Europe not to mention the greenest.  For cyclists, passengers and buses filling it with stunning colourful projections. Then to developing the promenade with picturesque steps, play parks, outdoor gymnasiums and cycle paths. Along with the Musee De Confluence and it’s sister shopping mall. There is lots of new going on in Lyon – yet there is lots of old too. On one side of the river there is Vieux Lyon, said to second Venice in terms of having the largest intact Renaissance neighbourhood in Europe. Founded by the Romans this unique quarter of history is now part of a UNESCO heritage site, which is towered over by the Lyon Cathedral. So is the history and modernisation not enough to lure you in yet?


For years now Lyon has been known as the gastronomical capital of the country, and that status is not about to change anytime soon. With delicious delicacies at every street corner, from the boulangeries, to the charcuteries, to the chocolates to the 24 hour restaurants. If you love food like me, well this is the city to divulge into all your foodie fantasies. There are many places that I love to go back to time and time again… like my uncles restaurant Le Grain De Folie, however, all over the city there are exquisite eateries waiting for me to stuff my face in. Every time I go, I discover a new favourite place to eat.


Another one of my favourite things about this city, is that no matter where you turn there is some incredible artwork on every corner. This is because instead of rejecting the artistic flair that the residents hold, they commission pieces all over the city, to liven up walls and buildings. A lot of the time I wander through the city and have to double take it really is that impressive.


Lyon is also host to an array of incredible festivals that revolve around music, theatre, art and lights. Nuit Sonores  and Les Nuits de Fouviere have brought thousands of people from all over the world along with some of the biggest names in music to entertain them. Not only that but the Fetes de Lumiere that brings together a variety of artists, to create beautiful lights installations all over the city.

The city has so many qualities that I can’t help but fall in love with, the culture that Lyon holds is so endearing, the buzz that is constantly flowing in the atmosphere. The break dancers that jam at the Opera House, the skaters that flip and grind in the square, those who dine alfresco in front of the town hall, or play football in the street. I also don’t seem to be the only one who thinks it anymore as they have been voted the best European city for weekend breaks by the World Travel Awards. Maybe you should take a trip and see what you think!

What city have you fallen in love with?


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23 thoughts on “WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH LYON

  1. Zoe

    This looks so gorgeous! And hey, any place that has outstanding food is a huge yes from me!
    I hope one day you do hop on over there to live! Also, I just subscribed to your YouTube channel – forever looking for new vlogs to watch!

    Zoe | nuggetstumpblog.com

    1. Lolamia

      Hahahaha all about the food…. always!! I do too it would be lovely! Dining alfresco mmmmm. Aww thanks babe I shall try and keep you pleased! x

  2. It looks beautiful! I’ve never been before, but i’d definitely consider it after this!


    1. Lolamia

      Oh yes you really should! x

  3. Lyon is not a place I have thought about visiting but it does sound lovely, and somewhere I need to have a closer look at. I love that their is artwork on every corner too.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

    1. Lolamia

      Well it has got growing popularity so jump on there before it gets too busy hahaha. Oh yes the art is amazing! x

    1. Lolamia

      It’s an incredible city!

    1. Lolamia

      Oh yes great place!

  4. Looks like a great city! I’ve never been, but I would love to go, especially to try all the food! I mean, French food is already excellent, and to be able to go to THE gastronomy city in France, oh boy! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Lolamia

      Yes I would recommend it fave city in Europe! Tell me about it luckily I got to grow up with it YUM! x

  5. It looks like you had a wonderful time. The pictures look amazing, that food though!<3
    Its so nice to see you have a place that you can visit time and time again xo

    1. Lolamia

      Seriously love this city! I know right so delicious!! It helps that I have family there hey! x

  6. Wow, this looks so lovely! I really loved Amsterdam and Cologne, just European cities are my favourite, can’t wait to travel more! x

    1. Lolamia

      Oh yes I just love Amsterdam 🙂 I think this is the city for you! x

  7. Oh great, yet another fabulous place to add to my never-ending travel list! This sounds AMAZING and I too am such a foodie and lover of wine and art. This sounds like a perfect place for me and my partner to take a trip, I’m excited already!
    Alice Xx

    1. Lolamia

      Oh yes you must go and if you ever have any questions just holla at me girl!! 🙂 x

  8. I’ve a friend who is living there, it’s true it’s a beautiful city 🙂
    I fell in love with Dublin ^_^ really want to move there 😊

    1. Lolamia

      Oh it is lush! Oooo I have yet to visit Ireland!

  9. Now you’ve made me want to go! I always love your photos, they’re stunning. I also particularly love your food photos haha, everything always looks yummm x

    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    1. Lolamia

      Honestly it is one of the nicer spots in Manchester and I can highly recommend it! Aww thanks babe 🙂 x

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