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30 thoughts on “Lyon: The Unique City on the Rhône”

    1. It’s quite enjoyable! The menus are completely in French but the waiter (but could be the owner) was nice enough to translate for you. She also taught me how to eat blanc fromage like a Lyonnaise. You sprinkle the sugar on the fromage and eat it. It’s unhealthy but it tastes really good 🙂

  1. I love Lyon, Ken!!! And you captured very well its essence! Excellent job 🙂
    I hope you enjoyed it. You had beautiful weather, as I can see.
    Have a nice day!

    1. Thanks a lot, Eleazar! Lyon is indeed a wonderful city and I really enjoyed the time there despite the not-so-great weather. Actually, it was pouring rain during my stay. If you look closely at the photo of Fourvière you might notice some dark cloud. The sun only came out on the last day, so I had to run out for some shots 🙂 But I still missed some shots of the farmer markets, the food there is awesome!

    1. I admit if I could read the ingredients, I might not order the andouillette 🙂 The menu is in French so I could only understand that this dish is made of pork. And the waiter explained to me it is made of something around the belly (by using body language). So I thought she means the pork belly or something. But it is not 🙂 Fortunately, it turned out well. The dish might sound a bit unusual but it tastes not so bad.

  2. I’ve been to Lyon many times. You’ve just reminded me what a great city it is. I’ve seen everything you mentioned except the Musée des Confluences, so that’s what I can do next time I visit my Lyonnais friends. Great blog post!

    1. Many thanks! I am glad that you like it. You should definitely visit the museum and the surrounding area by your next visit 🙂 It looks totally different than other parts of Lyon. The museum is interesting not only for kids but also for adults.

  3. A wonderful photo essay! The Musée de Confluence is such a complex and beautiful structure. Reminds me of the MAAT in Lisbon except it is more angular.

    1. Such an interesting building! Thanks for letting me know that, Regina! I definitely need to check it out when i visit Lisbon 😉

  4. Just one small correction: The building you have labelled as “Opéra de Lyon” is actually not the opera house, but rather a theater (for spoken drama) called the Théâtre des Célestins. (I saw a play by Molière there once but only understood part of it.) The real opera house in Lyon looks *much* different.

    1. Thanks a lot for the information, Don! I’d been wondering what the glass-building in front of the city hall is, now I know 🙂 It looks much different to a classical opera house.

      1. Originally it was a classical opera house, inaugurated in 1831. It stayed that way for over a hundred and fifty years before being radically redesigned and expanded by the French architect Jean Nouvel from 1989 to 1993. I once saw a fine performance there of Luisa Miller, the fifteenth opera by Giuseppe Verdi.

  5. Great post. You are right, Lyon seems to have a lot of unique, curious elements that make it a really well-rounded place to visit. I was there for three days only but I loved it. Small enough to get around easily but full of lots of quirky things to see and do. The bouchons are fun as long as you aren’t squeamish about eating arse etc! Vieux Lyon is gorgeous. Lovely piece.

    1. Many thanks! I agree with you that the dishes in bouchon is not for everyone, including myself 🙂 It is worth a try, however I don’t think I will eat them again. The only exceptions are the crayfish and the dessert.

  6. Your shots are very beautiful. There is such a wonderful contrast in architecture. I like the Gothic style, and found the inside chapel of the Notre Dame to be very pretty. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards, Denise.

    1. Your words made my day 🙂 Thank you, Denise! Lyon is a great city. I really like it, especially the culinary scene and the cathedral. They are truly one -of-a-kind.

  7. I would love to explore the traboules that you mention. Did you get to stroll through them? As for the basilica, it is gorgeous. Beautiful photographs, as always.

    1. Thank you 🙂 From the street level, it’s quite difficult to see the traboules. I didn’t do research in advance so I could not find it. I only recognised it when sitting on the funicular.

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