When we told Jane of our experiences and resulting decision, she countered with: “
Lyon is beautiful. Let’s
give it another try.”
We found a nice apartment in the Croix Rousse section of the city via VRBO and made our plans to visit. Between Jane’s good driving and Ellen’s Google maps, we made our way directly to the apartment without problem. It was a two bedroom apartment furnished in IKEA modern. It also had a garage – a big plus!
The owner explained that the apartment was originally a silk shop – many of the old buildings in the Croix Rousse section were. The area of the kitchen/living room was where they had their loom thus explaining the extremely high ceiling. The bedrooms were used for storage and a small door – where there is now a wall adorned with a huge mirror led to the sleeping space.
|Ellen and Jane check out one of the Traboules|
Despite the decline of the silk industry in
Lyon, the city remains vital. It is now called the
gastronomic capitol of France.
Paul Bocuse, who is one of the proponents of Nouvelle
Cuisine, is from Lyon. It is therefore easy
to find excellent restaurants. Three days, three wonderful restaurants. Some Lyonais
restaurants are called Bouchon which
normally means cork or blockage but in Lyon it
stands for restaurants that serve local favorites – from local sources. We chose
– Le Bouchon des Filles – and
selected from the menu du jour from which we chose: rognons de veau (veal kidney), quenelles
(shredded fish incorporated into a dumpling and saucisse (sausage). The meal was excellent. Even their pichet de vin was better than most table
wines. (Lyon is situated between Burgundy to
the north and the
so finding excellent wines is easy.) Northern
Another facet of
the “trompe l’oeil” murals found around the city. We found two while we were
walking but saw another four as we were leaving and driving along the Saône.
|Look closely. I am standing in front of the mural!|
A major ad from the Tourist Bureau is “Only Lyon”. We appreciated the anagram. It is a wonderful city.