Charming Lyon, France

Located in East-Central France, in the Rhone-Alpes region, is the city of Lyon. Lyon is well known for its historical and architectural landmarks, and is considered the gastronomical capital of France. It’s also well known for its place in the history of cinematography, as Auguste and Louise Lumiere invented the cinematographe here.  Chemical, pharmaceutical, banking, and biotech industries also thrive in the city. There’s a large software industry here, with a large focus on video game production. The headquarters for Interpol, Euronews, and International Agency for Research on Cancer are also located here.

South of the city centre, the Rhone and Saone rivers converge, forming a beautiful peninsula. On the west and north of the city centre are two large picturesque hills. The hill to the west is known as ‘the hill that prays’ and to the north is ‘the hill that works’. On the western hill are several convents, the palace of the Archibishop, and the basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere. On the northern hill lie silk workshops, an industry for which the city has always been known. East of the Rhone river lies the more modern part of the city, and where most of the city’s population resides. North of the latter district is the 6th arrondissement, which is home to the wealthiest residents and Interpol’s headquarters.

Lyon has had the reputation of being the French capital of gastronomy for several centuries, due to a large presence of many of France’s finest chefs in the city and its surrounding areas. The restaurants located here are mainly focused on serving local food and dishes. It is also home to two of the best known wine-growing regions, the Beaujolais to the north and the Cotes du Rhone in the south.

Visitors from all over travel to this city just for it’s architectural sights. Roman ruins as well as an old Roman ampitheatre can be seen here, and are one of the most popular attractions. Also found are:

  • Cathedral of St.John
  • Basilica of St Martin d’Ainay
  • Eglise Saint-Nizier
  • Vieux Lyon
  • Eglise Saint-Bonaventure
  • Opera National de Lyon
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de fourviere
  • Gare de Lyon Saint Exupery
  • And much, much more

The city also features 9 museums and a slew of parks and gardens, including the Parc de la Tete d’Or (Golden Head Park). It is the largest urban park in France and located in the 6th arrondissement. It features a lake for boating, a zoo with giraffes and elephants and tigers (and more), and has horse riding, and a mini-golf course.