Touring Lyon and the Alps
France prides itself on its medieval historical buildings and gourmet cuisine. Lyon for example, has become one of the most popular hangouts and travel spots for tourists from all walks of life. Lyon’s unique and gastronomical architecture is saturated with Roman influence and provides various avenues of attraction. Situated on the outskirts of Lyon however, are the towering snow-capped mountains of the French Alps in the Rhône-Alpes region.
Traveling to Lyon is very easy. All you have to do is fly down to the Saint-Exupéry Airport, take the tram-train line dubbed the Rhônexpress, and stop either at the Lyon Part-Dieu station or Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie. Hotels in Lyon are usually attached with a hefty price tag, with the Hôtel du Palais de l'Isle in Annecy being the cheapest accommodation available. Placate your palate with some scrumptious French food along some of Lyon’s finest restaurants, but be prepared to fork out some extra cash for your meals.
Don’t forget to drop by the Rue du Bœuf and Rue St-Jean to gaze upon some spectacular Renaissance courtyards and luxurious houses erected especially for the rich and wealthy folk in Lyon. If you wish to observe some historical buildings spliced with a touch of religion, then be sure to drop by the St. Jean Cathedral and St. Paul Church in Vieux Lyon. Swing by the Roman theatres and Metal Tower in Fourvière, Saint-Just, and don’t miss out on the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules in Croix-Rousse. Guided tours are available during most of these places, but the locals mainly communicate in French, so now would be a good time to test out that rusty French language you’ve learnt in high school. Don’t miss out on the beautiful Festival of Lights in December which is conducted in tandem with the inauguration of the golden Virgin Mary statue, and go club-hopping when you get a chance.
If you grow overwhelmed from all the hustle and bustle of Lyon, then pay a visit to the French Alps for some fresh mountain air. You can either take the train or catch a flight to the Bron International Airport in Lyon to travel to the Rhône-Alpes.
As soon as you set foot on the Alps, whip out those skis and whiz through the winter wonderland hedged by alpine trees. Don’t forget to visit the highest point in Europe – Mont Blanc – and explore the mountain-top town of Chamonix along the way. Enjoy the panaromic view during your travels around France’s greatest slopes, and be sure to snap some photos around the Alps and Lyon for memories’ sake.