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 are lots of new going on in Lyon – yet there are 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 uncle’s 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 flare 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?