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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
See Lyon through our eyes on our Flickr album.