On the way from Switzerland to Barcelona we made a quick pit stop in Lyon France to cut our travel day into two smaller travel days. To be back in France was a welcomed feeling and I couldn’t wait to see more of France since Paris is the only city I’ve been to!
The train ride to Lyon was a beautiful one. We trained though the Rhode Alps and I couldn’t help but be in awe. I’ve never seen landscapes like that and I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to live in those little villages that scatter the Alps. I guess I’ll have to see it for myself one day!
Since Lyon was only a stop over city we made sure to make most of our one day there!
A Quick Guide To Lyon France
La Fontaine Bartholdi – The Great Horse Fountain is an impressive sight in Place des Terreaux. The area itself is really nice and is sprinkled with boutique shops and cafes. A really pleasant area to spend a few hours!
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière – You can reach the basilica by foot or by funicular (tram that goes uphill). The funicular up is about 1.80 Euro and takes you near the basilica where you then walk. The walk leads you by the theatre and is about 10 minutes away from the tram!
Theatres Romains de Fourviere – This was a happy mistake that I’m glad we made. The theatre was built back somewhere around 15 BC and today they still hold plays! You can stand in the middle of the stage and everyone in the crowd can hear you perfectly without any amplifiers. So cool! How they built the stage with that intention is beyond me. The stage also holds a nice view of the city. Also it’s freeeee!
Parc de la Tête d’Or – One of the highlights of Lyon for me! The large park is streaming with runners and people feeding giant ducks and it is all around gorgeous. There is a little island in the middle of the large pond where you can walk underneath the water to get to. You can also paddle boat yourself around the lake! I can only imagine how amazing the park must be during spring!
Food – When a city has their own cuisine you know it must be good! I had a veggie burger from Soul Burger for about 8 Euro (I know it’s not Lyon cuisine but everything else was closed) and I highly recommend!! The burger was served between two hash brow like patties with roasted veggies stuffed between them. As usual I ate everything before I got a photo.. Sorry!
Hope you enjoyed this quick guide! Where in France would you want to go?
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