Lyon, the luminous
Under the protection of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers, and just a few hours from the Alps and the Mediterranean, this luminary city is an invitation to discover centuries of history and happen upon its many riches as you walk and explore.
Lyon has been part of a tumultuous history that has thus far spanned more than 2,000 years. The pride of the Renaissance, you simply need to visit the old Lyon to get a feel for all the city's multicultural inspirations.
Stroll around, get lost in the traboules and alleyways of the Croix-Rousse, and, for a moment, imagine the swirling rhythms of the weaving of Lyon's silk workers, the famous Canuts. Take a moment to appreciate the legendary banter of the traditional puppet ‘Guignol', and smell the mouth-watering aromas wafting from the kitchens of 'Lyon's Mothers'.
This is Lyon… With its bouchons (the traditional Lyonnais restaurants), brasseries, and Michelin-starred restaurants, Lyon is the capital of French gastronomy, and its many chefs shine in the haute cuisine hall of fame. The Bocuse d'Or - paying tribute to chef Paul Bocuse, its most illustrious ambassador who passed away in January 2018 - acknowledges these chefs' culinary expertise throughout the world.
But this captivating city has many other equally refined and exceptional facets. Over the seasons, artistic Biennales and festivals are linked: contemporary dance performances flirt with rock concerts, while the arts are on display at the Confluences Museum. During the summer, the stars twinkle for the Fourvière Nights concerts, and in winter, the Festival of Lights illuminates the night, setting Lyon's monuments ablaze with a thousand sparkles. The creative spirit of the Left Bank is more alive than ever on the walls of buildings adorned with monumental frescoes illustrating the past and contemporary history of the city. As the host city for the UEFA Euro 2016, Lyon has seen and will see many more games being played in the Stade des Lumières.
Lyon intoxicates the senses. As night falls, a merry bustle invades the streets, Beaujolais glasses clink, the hour of the sacrosanct aperitif rings out. Laughter is heard, conversations ignite, and conviviality reigns over every table. Lyon combines exaltation with a good life that is appreciated in so many ways; by walking along the welcoming banks of the Rhône and the Saône, or by going for a picnic in the Tête d'Or Park, and so much more.
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