When I first arrived in Lyon, France I was delighted to find out we were staying in the oldest part of the city, Vieux-Lyon. I dumped my bags and headed straight out to explore. Within less than two minutes I came across the stunning St. Georges Church.
I really like this picture. I took it standing on the banks of the River Soane, which runs through the centre of the city. I love the mix of different colours of the buildings combined with the swirl of white clouds in the bright blue sky above. I really wasn’t expecting Lyon to be so beautiful!
The Basilica sits high atop Fourvière hill, looking down over the city. It has four large spires and is affectionately known by locals as ‘the upside down elephant’, as they look a little like legs. From the area next to the Basilica you are treated to amazing panoramic views over the entire city. It’s definitely worth the walk to the top of the hill just for the view. Or there’s a funicular if you’re a little lazy like me!
Lyon is full of traboules – secret passageways that were created between buildings to allow workers to pass between streets to go to between work and home more quickly. Some of them are small and cramped, but others like this one are open in the middle and even have peaceful little courtyards within…
I had such a great time in Lyon. The food is incredible – Lyon is world-renowned for its gastronomy and for good reason. The architecture, both old and now, is striking and eye-catching. The oldest part of Lyon is brimming with character and charm and the Confluence area is modern, chic and contemporary. The only thing I regret is not having enough time to explore the city more fully. Although I guess that gives me a pretty good excuse to go back, right?!
I visited Lyon as a guest of the Rhône-Alpes Tourism board however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.