Going to Lyon on holiday

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  1. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    This coming Friday I am off to la Belle France to seal the Auld Alliance and will be staying in Lyon for a week.

    Now Lyon is a great location for getting round south and east France. I would appreciate any advice from Arrsers on great places to visit/see etc in the Lyon area. I will not be driving as ensuring the quality of wine will be one of my priorities.

    I am definitely going to Marseilles for a day (even though my brother who lives in Lyon says it is too dangerous FFS) but if there are any other places of interest please let me know.


  2. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    What's the name of that hotel 8) :twisted:
  3. If you're not driving you will be largely limited to places accessible by train. You can do some good wine tasting in the likes of Beaune - the places are within walking distance of the station at the other end.

    There are a couple of mediaeval villages nearby that may be of interest (Perouges, Cremieux) but I'm not sure I'd bother.

    Further afield - not local to Lyon, but you did say you were taking a jaunt to Marseille - there are any number of places worth a look on the way down, such as Nimes (amazing amphitheatre, now the bullring), Arles, Avignon, Aix en Provence (not sure there is anything notable there, it's just a very pleasant place if a bit smug) and some nice spots on the coast (in Marseille itself and a bit further out like Cassis).

    Going the other way from Lyon, Dijon is worth a trip. It's also not too far to Annecy.

    In Lyon itself there is quite a bit to see and do. It's quite a spectacular city and enjoyable to wander up the hills and take in the views. The food is pretty good there (although local stuff is all offal) and reasonably priced. There are some good pubs and bars which are not extortionate if you look.

    It's worth a look at:
    - Fourviere and the basilica
    - Old town
    - Cathedral
    - Place des Terreaux
    - Place Bellecour
    - Parc de la Tete d'Or (main park)
    - Resistance museum
    - Croix Rousse area and slopes (although watch your back in the area just behind Place des Terreaux)

    Feel free to PM for anything specific
  4. The above all applies to the area of Lyon mentioned!
  5. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Thanks for the heads-up guys. I will be careful but surely, without being a complete mong, there are areas which tyhe tourist is encouraged. I have been to Lyon before and know the scene there. What I am looking for is day trips away from Lyon. I went to Geneva the last time - what a fukcing boring place that is. I am not Rambo but would like to see France.

    Last time I was there I was having a sherbet mid-afternoon in a cafe beside the Opera (reasonably posh part of town). A guy came up to a woman and started setting about her. Some of us got up to stop it but the waiter was ready and told us to sit down - it was a drugs thing. Police were on their way and turned up very quickly after that, all tooled up of course. The guy just stood there waiting for the gendarmes, as did the female. Really strange. No statements taken from witnesses. After a bit of calm talking guy is allowed to walk and female escorted politely in another direction. 10 mins later guy reappears, plod rocks up and are less gentle with him getting a few digs in and lift him. Really strange experience.

    But if you go to any city then the chances of seeing/being involved in something are large. I can live with that.

    I like Lyon, it is a lovely city but I want to see other parts of France.

    Thanks again for the comments. Still waiting to hear the name of the brothel - oops sorry, hotel Mr Deputy.

  6. ancienturion

    ancienturion LE Book Reviewer

    If you are interested in quiet"touristy" towns, Montpellier is worth a visit. A university town it has quite a few places of interest and some decent bars and restaurants.
  7. Also, on the road to Marseilles, Orange, Avignon, Narbonne and Nîmes are well worth a visit. Lots of places of historical interest (Roman, medieval).
  8. I spent a few days in Lyon a couple of years ago. The medieval town is really lovely and I thoroughly recommend the Hotel du Theatre which is right in the centre of town. It is up about three flights of stairs, but the rooms overlook the place du Theatre which has recently been renovated. The view from the bedrooom windows is amazing and the prices are reasonable.

    Montpellier would be quite a step from Lyon, but I would say that Orange, Nimes, Aivgnon and Marseille are all worth visiting.
  9. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Mr D

    The trip was great and a wonderful break. In the end I did not go anywhere but stayed in Lyon and enjoyed the facilities available. Spent a lot of time in Vieux Lyon.

    Food great, wine wonderful and the weather - hot, hot, hot.

    I wish I had been a good few years younger as the tottie in town was amazing.

    Anyway - a lovely break and rest which is really what I needed.

    Time to book my next holiday!