For my 23rd birthday I decided it was time to head back to a place I called home three years ago. Lyon, France has always had a special place in my heart because of how great the city is itself and of course, all the amazing people I met while studying there. When I lived there, I dreamed of the day I’d get to bring someone back to this place I cared for so much and show them this city.
Lyon is the perfect city to escape to in Europe. It’s absolutely gorgeous, the shopping is phenomenal, its the gastronomic centre of France – aka DELICIOUS restaurants (and oh so many of them), their city transportation is convenient and easy, there are plenty of pubs and did I mention how pretty it is?
Getting downtown Lyon from the airport is super easy. There’s a train that goes to Gare Part Dieu and takes about 30 mins. You can buy your tickets from the airport and from Gare Part Dieu you can get anywhere in the city on the metro or tram.
We decided to book an airbnb because it only cost about $60 a night and that would have been the same if we had booked a hostel. You really can’t go tooo wrong in choosing where to stay in Lyon. We booked a place in Vieux Lyon (arrondissement 5). Any arrondissement from 1-6 will give you a great experience for a visit to Lyon.
On our first night there we hit up the gorgeous Christmas market and had a couple of glasses of mulled wine. We then wandered down to Quai Jules Courmont to visit my old apartment. We then went for a drink at Betty’s Bar (very french and cute pub), and then went for dinner at La Refuge. I was determined to find La Tartiflette (this delicious meal from La Savoie region in France) it’s basically cheese, potatoes, ham and cream together so its obviously just so delicious and warm and perfect for the winter.
When we finally went to bed we decided not to set an alarm because we were so exhausted. We figured we’d wake up at a decent hour anyways but apparently not, because we didn’t wake up until 11 AM. We quickly got up and headed out to not waste the day. Our first stop was for coffee at J’adore Cafe in la Croix-Rousse area.
After wandering around for a while we went for lunch at a cute little gluten free creperie. We then shopped hitting up some of the french faves like Mango, Pimkpie, and Etam.
The next day we tried so hard to take a train to Paris or Marseille with OuiGo (this low cost train) for the day, but the company stinks and only accepts French credit cards. Then we tried to go to Geneva but when we showed up to book our bus the prices had skyrocketed:( so we cut our loses and enjoyed another beautiful day in Lyon. We took the Fouriere up to the Bascillisque to enjoy the view of Lyon and this beautiful Cathedral.
We spent the rest of the day doing what we do best – shopping, eating and drinking.
Can’t wait to come back already.