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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Experiences that can't be missed in - Lyon, France

Bestriding the confluence of rivers Saône and Rhône in mid-eastern France, Lyon is an intriguing destinationto visit as it offers a great mix of history and modernity. Whether you’re river cruising through the city or flying in for a getaway, you’ll have so much to do and see regardless if time is a factor or not.

In fact, a whopping 10% of the city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site so you can expect to see a great deal of cultural sights – from bewildering Roman-age architecture to ancient cathedrals – there is something for every kind of traveler.

1. Le Village des Créateurs

Le Village des Créateurs (village of creators) is a must-visit for art lovers who are eager to shop till they drop.

This narrow street is host to an incubator program where local independent designers convene to showcase their unique pieces from their collections.

Found on the Croix Rousse pents, Village of Creators is coincidentally situated on the renowned silk-weaving district of Lyon – and this adds to the whole sense of heritage and prestige.

Although there are just a limited number of up-and-coming artists that have their art on display here, you’ll find thousands of arts, crafts, and designs to peruse through.

2. Vieux Lyon and the silk industry

Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) is by far one of the most popular places in Lyon and a favorite neighborhood for tourists to explore.

This is in part due to its aging endearing architecture but also because of silk – a historic industry that shaped the city.

For over five centuries, Lyon was a famed silk manufacturing center and at one point it evolved to become the Epicenter of the silk industry in Europe.

Thanks to this industry Lyon was a hotspot during the Renaissance as it attracted wealthy merchants from France as well as the neighboring countries.

Besides the intriguing history and captivating buildings, you can stroll around the cobbled streets as you take in the views of beautiful bridges.

3. Food

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Dubbed as the ‘world capital of gastronomy’ a or at least a meal in a traditional restaurant (bouchon) is a must in any Lyon itinerary.

The city is home to some of the most renowned chefs in the world such as Paul Bocuse. But that’s not all, Lyon also claims a spot as the city with the largest number of restaurants per capita in the country!

Bouchons might not be the fanciest places to dine but they ooze with a rustic ambiance and an unbeatable taste of French food, which makes them special.

Lyonnais cuisine is a delight to most people but if you’re unsure of what to eat, quenelle is a sure bet and one of the most famous dishes in the city.

When you're ready to plan your trip to Lyon, France, or Europe in general - give me a call and we'll curate the most amazing trip for you, and within your budget!

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