Jojo and I went on an amazing adventure to Lyon and Paris, France in late August just before classes started up again. I’d never been to Lyon – and it was such a charming and wonderful city to visit. It’s the gastronomical capital of France and has a colorful history to boot! Forgive me as I relive our fabulous trip over the next few posts.
Lyon occupies less than 20 square miles and is the largest “metro” outside of Paris. It’s been around a long time – the Roman ruins were on our list of things to see. Our hotel (instagrammed above) was tucked in on a cobbled street, closed to most car traffic, and was legit Renaissance restored. The history in the city was seriously mind boggling.
While we didn’t “do” many museums, we stopped in to the city’s hitsory museum – highlights: Roman ruins. Crazy old maps. Napoleon’s bed from his residence.
Silk swatches and books and incredible silk tapestries (Lyon enjoyed a run of being the silk capital of France when the industry was consolidated to it’s streets).
A Lumiere camera. Think anyone would’ve noticed if I’d snuck it out with me?
Outside of the historical city center was a thoroughly modern French city. I can’t honestly say that it had *all* the charms of Paris – but it was pretty dang close. And to be perfectly honest, it was much warmer in attitude and welcoming in hospitality.
Next up, Plum Lyon cooking school. In which I make my first tarte tatin and an incredible duck dish.