Happy Monday! This week I want to share my favorite photos of the best spots in Lyon, France. Last summer I was there for three days and this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city that was never before on my radar, quickly became one of my top choices for sightseeing in France. It has the perfect combination of old world European charm and modern amenities. The colors, relaxed atmosphere, food, and not to mention great shopping make this city worthy of any European travel bucket list. So, to start your Monday off right, or to give you a reason to procrastinate starting your week, here are some of the amazing sights in Lyon 🙂
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Lyon is nestled between two rivers, the Saône and the Rhône. In the middle is the main hub and city center where all the shopping is, and on the opposite side of the Saône is where the Old Town UNESCO site is. This is where you’ll find the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere. Although with its pristine positioning up atop the hill side, you’ll be able to see it still from the opposite side of the river.
Vieux Lyon (Old Town)
A walk through the Old Town quarters of Lyon, also known as Vieux Lyon, will give you a great feel for just how much character this city truly has. The area dates back to the Renaissance times and is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sights to see here include Saint Johns Catherdral, the Exchange Square, and Rue Saint Jean which is the main and most popular street in the old town. Its also the perfect area to sit back and enjoy a drink or a nice dinner. If you love seafood, France is known for its Mussels and fries (Moules et Frites) which was my favorite dinner. An entire pot of mussels in a delicious white wine sauce just for me! And no trip to Lyon or any city in France for that matter is complete without Creme Brûlée :).
Can we just take a minute to talk about the architecture here!? It is stunning! I don’t know about you but growing up, our city halls were usually ugly square brown brick buildings from the 60’s or 70’s. This is what you get when you come to Lyon. The most intricate of details you’ll find throughout this and every building there. Place de Jacobins (below) is also a great spot to admire the traditional European style buildings and architecture.
If you are looking for a great location to stay in while visiting Lyon, Place Bellecour is the perfect central location to get everywhere you would like easily by foot. The shopping district, city center, and Old Town are all only with 15-20 min walking from there.
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Save this post for later when its time to plan that dream trip 😉