Lyon | France
There's a lot to love about Lyon, from its wine legacy and commanding culinary scene, to the Roman baths and Renaissance architecture. It is said that Lyon, France's third-largest city, sits at the the confluence of three rivers not two – the Rhone, the Saone and a river of wine, because it is surrounded by wine regions such as Beaujolais, Burgundy and the Cote du Rhone and Cote Rotie. For adventurous foodies, France's gastronomic capital has long been home to rich culinary traditions and famous chefs including the late Paul Bocuse. Heritage markets, museums and the annual light festival compete for your attention if you can drag yourself away from the local bouchons (Lyonnaise bistros).
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"The murals of Lyon are featured throughout the city telling stories of the city’s past and some of its most famous former residents, such as the Lumieres brothers, the first to invent moving film, the chef Paul Bocuse and Joseph Marie Jacquard, creator of the Jacquard loom."
International dialling code: +33
Local time: GMT +1
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Useful phrases: Bonjour (hello); Merci (thank you); Au revoir (goodbye); Bonsoir (good evening).
Top local dishes:
- "Dishes such as Quenelles which are dumplings that can have minced fish or meat included.
- Salade Lyonnaise is a green salad with crispy bacon and poached egg on top.
- Saucisson de Lyon is a sausage made from pork.
- Charcuterie means a variety of cooked meats. Pink pralines are also typical, an almond sugary sweet cake or tart purchased in the bakeries."
See Roman ruins: "Discover Roman ruins as Lyon was the capital of Gaul. The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls dates back to 12 BC, when it could hold around 20,000 people."
Lyon's annual light festival: "The Festival of Lights in Lyon, taking place on December 8, a Lyonnaise tradition where each house places candles along the outside of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets."
(Words by Rebecca Ronane.)