After 14 move in 5 years, we decided to start looking for a place to settle down, have all our stuff in the same place and start that “real adult life”. So we decided to move out from the mountains to the big city for a change of perspectives and to see what French cities had to offer. We loved our life in the Alps, the tranquility, the calm, the long walks in the middle of an extraordinay surroundings and all the opportunities we had there, but after 4 years in Haute Savoie and Hautes Alpes, it was time for us move ahead for new challenges.
And after many sleepless night and long discussions it seemed pretty clear that Lyon was the right city for us.
We both crossed the city several times to travel and work in the Alps, but we never had the opportunity to stop there and discover the 3rd largest French city. Lyon is a very strategic position for us (the city is right betweenboth of our families who live in the North and South of the country, an hour drive from the first ski resorts, a few hours by train to Paris, Marseille a,d London and the city also has an international airport. Moreover, Lyon being the gastronomic capital of France, we were definitely ready to experience all the diversity of food that the city offers.
We spent our first month here in a rented Airbnb appartment; and after buying our monthly public transport card, we started the exploration. Bellow are some of the main area and places we love in Lyon.
Le Parc de la tête d’or
Let’s start with nature, Lyon has an incredible central park which contains a lake, two huge greenhouses, a botanical garden, a zoo and roses gardens …All that for free to enjoy ! We were actually very surprised when we entered the park for the first time, to find out all the things the park offers are for free, and even the candies and Crepes shops sell goods at a reasonable price. No matter the weather or the season this park is always a a place where we like to hang out.
Île du Souvenir
Le vieux Lyon & Les Traboules
Before moving to Lyon, we had never heard of the “Traboules” and after a friend showed us a few in La Croix Rousse, we discovered many others. It is always a magical experience to open random doors in the streets and find these hidden passages and superb architectures. The Vieux Lyon is a very touristic part of the city, but it’s always nice to walk in the old town, have an ice cream in one of the many stores and buy some gifts and souvenirs.
La Tour Rose
Place du Boeuf
La Croix Rousse
L’opéra de Lyon
Le jardin du musée des Beaux-Arts
Confluence is a really nice and very modern spot in the south of Lyon. It has a pretty big shopping mall with restaurants and bars at the top.
Le musée des Confluences
At the top of the Old Lyon is Fourvière, you’ll only need a few minutes by funicular to reach the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière from where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and even the Mont Blanc and the Alps on a sunny day.
One of my favorite thing to do in Fourviere, is to walk down a few meters and visit the arena to take a break and enjoy the scenery. A visit to the museum right inside the Arena is also a very good ativity on a rainy day. The Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière is stunning and it costs only 4 €.
We’ve been living in lyon for a few months only, but we know it’s a place we will always call home and return to.