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article imageLyon, the delights of an old French city Special

By Tim Sandle     Feb 7, 2015 in Travel
Lyon - Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life, lots of interesting wine, Lyon is an interesting city to visit and one of the highlights of any visit to France. This winter, Digital Journal paid a short visit.
Lyon is located in east-central France, in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille.
A city map of Lyon. The city consists of an old town and a new town  divided by two wide rivers.
A city map of Lyon. The city consists of an old town and a new town, divided by two wide rivers.
Two major rivers of France, The Saône and The Rhône, join in Lyon. Across the The Saône is a magnificent bridge.
The Saône is a river of eastern France. It is a right tributary of the River Rhône.
The Saône is a river of eastern France. It is a right tributary of the River Rhône.
The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most interesting buildings is Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, located high up on the hill, overlooking the city. The Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who, as legend has it, saved the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague that was sweeping Europe in 1643.
Shot of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière  taken from the city of Lyon
Shot of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, taken from the city of Lyon,
There are also other great buildings of interest. Here is a church from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
A beautifully designed eastern orthodox church within the city of Lyon.
A beautifully designed eastern orthodox church within the city of Lyon.
Lyon's other claim to fame is that cinéma was invented in the city, by brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière.
A recurrent symbol throughout the city is the lion, from which the city draws its name. Lions can be found on street corners, as statues outside buildings, on shop fronts and even serving as water fountains.
Classically Lyon: a lion water fountain
Classically Lyon: a lion water fountain
Many stores also adopt the symbol of the city.
The symbol of Lyon  above a department store.
The symbol of Lyon, above a department store.
The city is larger, and comprises nine arrondissements (neighborhoods). Around the center there is the main shopping area.
One of the main shopping areas in Lyon. The area is pedestrianized.
One of the main shopping areas in Lyon. The area is pedestrianized.
An advertising pillar in Lyon  France. In France  the columns are named Morris after Gabriel Morris ...
An advertising pillar in Lyon, France. In France, the columns are named Morris after Gabriel Morris, a printer, who held the concession for advertising in 1868.
Although there are access routes of cars, many people walk or cycle. As with many major cities, there is a cycle hire scheme in operation.
Cycle hire scheme in Lyon. Bicycles are the most practical way to get around
Cycle hire scheme in Lyon. Bicycles are the most practical way to get around,
Located in this region there is an eye-pleasing carousel and a water feature.
A key tourist attraction in Lyon - a carousel  located in the main shopping area.
A key tourist attraction in Lyon - a carousel, located in the main shopping area.
A fountain display in the center of the city of Lyon.
A fountain display in the center of the city of Lyon.
Lyon boasts many interesting eating and drinking places. For example, this charming traditional French cafe (where various wines are sold as well as coffee, at almost any time of the day or night.)
Classically French  one of the many cafes (for coffee  wine  or cheese) within the city of Lyon.
Classically French, one of the many cafes (for coffee, wine, or cheese) within the city of Lyon.
Lyon has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. To check this reputation out fully, this roving Digital Journal reporter decided to stop off at Le Bistrot de Lyon.
Le Bistrot  a French cafe in Lyon
Le Bistrot, a French cafe in Lyon
People  mostly French  eating at Le Bistrot de Lyon  France.
People, mostly French, eating at Le Bistrot de Lyon, France.
Food wise, the restaurant was very good for meat dishes (especially duck or chicken), and anything with cheese. The range was very limited for vegetarians. The vegetarian special was mashed potato, carrot and fennel. However, the interior was splendid, with many interesting objects and paintings affixed to the walls.
Art nouveau style clock on a wall at le Bistrot  Lyon
Art nouveau style clock on a wall at le Bistrot, Lyon,
A poster featuring the delights of French food and good cafes.
A poster featuring the delights of French food and good cafes.
A classic French bureau (writing desk) located in Le Bistrot  Lyon
A classic French bureau (writing desk) located in Le Bistrot, Lyon,
Even the washrooms were interesting in relation to the design.
Typically French washrooms at Le Bistrot  Lyon.
Typically French washrooms at Le Bistrot, Lyon.
There is plenty of local wine to choose from. Lyon has two fine wine regions to select from: the Beaujolais to the North, and the Côtes du Rhône to the South.
A scrumptious white wine from the Rhone valley area  tasting even better in Lyon.
A scrumptious white wine from the Rhone valley area, tasting even better in Lyon.
If you are visiting France and wish to take in a city, Paris will always remain the main draw, However, if you can stay for longer or have cause to visit a different region, then Lyon is an interesting city to visit. Full of history, with rich offerings of food choices, and a good offering of cultural pursuits.
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