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By kanannie

Lyon: What To Do When You’re Not Stuffing Your Face

On 27, Sep 2013 | 3 Comments | In France, Travel | By kanannie

Lyon pride.

Lyon pride

Based on our previous post you’d probably think there was nothing else to do in Lyon besides stuffing your face. Au contraire, mon frère! (Do you like how I used French in a post about a French city? I’m so clever.) Anyway, there’s a shit ton of stuff to do in Lyon and we were lucky enough to have met some locals that gave us great tips and took time from their busy schedules to show us a Frenchy fun time.

Sculpture in a random park

A cool sculpture that we stumbled upon while loitering in Lyon.

Hotel de Ville at night

Lyon Town Hall at night

Bartholdi Fountain

Bartholdi Fountain

First of all, I have to say that we are a couple of lucky mofos. When we were in St. Menoux we had lunch with our farmer’s friend who happened to have an ex living in Lyon and he happily provided us with her contact information. We called Alexe when we arrived in Lyon and met up with her for wine and dinner. Little did we know when we got her number that we’d be spending many delightful evenings with her and her friends in Lyon. Our visit to Lyon would not have been the same without Alexe, an unexpected and pleasant surprise for the end of our French tour…for now.

Lyonnaise architecture

Lovely Lyon architecture


Another nice fountain

Thanks to our new friend, Alexe, we visited some places in the city that we otherwise would not have even considered. One of her recommendations that we really loved was the Parc de la Tête d’Or, home to a fascinating African Plains zoo. I haven’t been to a zoo in about 100 years, mostly because I don’t like the idea of wild animals being caged for our viewing pleasure, but this zoo is different. Alexe explained to us that the animals at the park were rescues or retired from the circus, so they probably would not have survived if released into the wild. Seeing these African animals in the middle of a Lyon park was quite unexpected and some parts of the zoo are designed in such a way that it almost feels as if you’ve really stumbled upon an African Plain and were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of grazing zebras or lounging watusis. Plus, it’s free and who doesn’t love free shit?

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Pretty flowers at Parc de la Tête d’Or

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Walking path at Parc de la Tête d’Or

Chocolate cakes from Bernachon

A park can only be enjoyed after I stuff my face with Bernachon chocolate cake.

African Plains at Parc de la Tête d'Or

Zebra and watusis at the African Plains zoo

African Plains at Parc de la Tête d'Or

I wonder if I can put a saddle on a giraffe and ride it like a horse.

African Plains at Parc de la Tête d'Or

Turtles doing the congo on a log.

The day before we met Alexe we walked around the Presqu’ile, the main tourist area of Lyon, and meandered up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. You can take the metro straight to the entrance of the basilica or you can walk towards it from the Presqu’ile and pass through the Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon. The Roman Theatre dates back to the late first century BC and is considered one of the most impressive Roman sites in France. From there you can continue walking to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, an impressive religious site on top of a hill overlooking the city. The whiteness of the building against the green trees and the blue sky makes for great photos too. I actually like this basilica better than the Notre Dame in Paris because it’s just so damn pretty. Go check it out and you’ll probably agree. If you don’t, then you have no taste in religious architecture and can get the hell off our blog.

Roman ruins

The Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon

Roman ruins

A hot day at the Grand Roman Theatre.

Roman ruins

The theatre could hold up to 10,000 people. That’s a lot of Romans.

Renaissance Faire people are all over the world

Renaissance Faire guys having a deep conversation about what to wear at the next Reneaissance Faire.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière gracefully perched atop a hill overlooking Lyon.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

View of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière from the front.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Another view inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Since we love French girls we decided to seek out some Lyon ladies so we met up with Alexe and her friend Alexe, (yes, there are a lot of people named Alexe in Lyon) at a bar for people of our persuasion. No, I don’t mean the Asian persuasion. The bar was very different from Paris because it was more of a lounge than a dance venue, but we ended up wearing hot pink wigs and closing down the bar by the end of the night. What can I say? We know how to party with French girls.

Fun with wigs

A wild and crazy French girl who writes love notes to strangers on the train.

See Lyon through our eyes on our Flickr album.

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  1. Hello, we met in Lyon – the neighbour who gave you the studio’s keys. Sorry I have been curious about the meaning of your mail adress, I though you were working for a travel agency, and that’s how I found your blog. I am really impressed by the quality of your pictures and I enjoy a lot your comments, congratulations ! It gives many ideas, lots of places you visit seem so interesting, and it’s the next door (this bio farm for ex. looks wonderful).
    I wish you many other beautiful places to discover and emotions to share. If you pass again nearby Lyon, just know that we installed with Wilton a supplementary light in Claudine’s flat : I understand better now why you wanted your delicious food creations to be displayed with the right lightning !
    best regards

    • kanannie

      Hey Sebastien, Thanks for check out our blog. We like to share our travels with our friends and family. They all love food so we post a lot of food pictures to keep them happy. We really loved Lyon and hope that we can be back to visit again soon. Maybe we can meet you and Wilton for drinks when we make it back to the city!

      • Of course Wilton and I would be very happy to share a drink and a longer chat with you at a future occasion ! Last week end was the Beaujolais Nouveau days and we had a lot of fun with friends coming from far away : it’s every year on the 3rd Thursday of November, so you have now a pretext to come up here.
        Enjoy your trip in Balkans, lucky you are to go further south now the weather is getting cold.

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