France’s third city is a bustle of boutiques, bistros, hidden passageways, riverside walks and historic architectural masterpieces.
There is a lot to do both in the city and the surrounding countryside but here is a short list of things you have to do in Lyon!
Lyon France Hacks – 5 Things to do in Lyon
Eat in Lyon France!
Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital and you could spend your whole trip just going from romantic bistros to gourmet restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Many of the “must-eat” dishes can be sampled in the many “Bouchon”, intimate restaurants which serve traditional Lyonnais cuisine in multi-course meals.
Try the offal (tripe, bone marrow and pork offal sausages), fish dumplings and chicken liver cake.
Wash down your meal with some of the local wine like Brouilly.
Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) in Lyon France
Wander through the meandering pedestrian cobbled streets, take in the historic buildings, stores, craftsmen shops and sidewalk cafes.
You can see Renaissance and Medieval architecture and this is one of Europe’s largest concentrations of Renaissance architecture.
The buildings which have struggled to survive have been lovingly restored and renewed.
Within Old Lyon is the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and St. Jean cathedral.
These are tunnel-like passage ways which wend their way between and even through houses.
The majority of traboules are found here in Lyon.
You may just follow a traboules which opens up to a secret garden or courtyard.
It is believed that the French resistance used these passages during the Second World War to hid from the Germans.
Saint John Cathedral in Lyon France
Although there is also the hill top Notre Dame de Fourviere Basillica, this one, the cathedral St. Jean is a 15th century masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Roman Catholic cathedral was built on the site of earlier churches and parts of the earlier structures dating back to the 6th century still remain.
The cathedral’s most stunning feature is the astrological clock, a 13th century addition.
The church also has stunning stained glass windows and a beautiful rose window.
Parc de la Tete d’or (Golden Head Park)
This is one of Europe’s largest parks (Disneyland Paris vs Walt Disney World Orlando – Which Is Better?) covering 290 acres, here you can enjoy the wide open green spaces, a small zoo, botanical gardens, rose gardens, a velodrome, greenhouses, a large lake, mini-golf, miniature train, sports grounds and a statue commemorating the 22nd G7 conference of 1996.
Enter through the ornate 1901 wrought iron Porte des enfants du Rhone.
The park is one of only a handful of parks in Lyon and is very popular. Come here to picnic, play or enjoy the attractions.
Nice France Hacks – Top Places To Visit
Nice France – Top Places To Visit is situated on the French Riviera, the city of Nice is nestled between the mountains and Mediterranean Sea in the Provence Côte d’Azur.
The city has mild temperatures throughout the year, and with its beaches, museums, monuments, coastal bars and restaurants – it is easy to see why it’s such a popular holiday destination.
Below are some of the must see places in Nice…
Promenades des Anglais Nice France – Top Place To Visit
The Promenade des Anglais is a five-kilometre promenade along the beach, and one of the most popular attractions in town.
Walking along the avenue you will pass beautiful architecture, restaurants, shops and street vendors.
The area is also popular with locals who roller-blade, jog, cycle, walk or sit by the Promenade or, for short, La Prom, and is the perfect place for a romantic walk with your loved one.
Top Places To Visit Nice’s Markets
Nice has markets scattered all over the city selling a variety of things.
The markets are the perfect place to prepare a picnic basket, with fresh bread, fruit, vegetables, pickles, meats and cheeses.
The Cours Saleya Flower Market provides for a wide array of ripe produce, sidewalk cafes, souvenir shops and flower shops selling bouquets of all sorts of colors, textures and scents.
There are also local cafes, shops and boutiques dotted around the market’s edges.
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral Nice France – Top Places To Visit
The St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral is a 20th-century Russian cathedral that is a big contrast with the tropics of Nice.
It is locally known as Catherdale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas, and features bright onion shaped domes and classic Russian design reminiscent of the USSR on the Côte d’Azur.
Place Massena Nice France
Place Massena is the main square of the city and is bordered by red ochre buildings of Italian architecture.
Is sees a constant flow of people among its bright buildings, many stopping to watch the statues that change color and the fountain.
On the square you will also find some great cafes and bistros, and street performers, especially during summer.
Matisse Museum Nice France
The Musée Matisse is a national museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse, including his depiction of the Nice shoreline. Also make sure to check out the museum shop.
Nice France – Top Beaches To Visit
The French Riviera has several beaches extending from Nice to Juan les Pins to Antibes.
They offer water activities along the shore and restaurants and bars, and the water is warm enough to swim in until late autumn.
While people speak some English, having the ability to speak French would make things much easier.
But it’s better to learn once you’re there than trying to do it before you get there.
There are many opportunities available to those wishing to learn French in France.
Investing in French language learning will also be very beneficial when traveling to many other countries, as they speak French not only in France but in many other countries as well, especially in Africa.
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