Lyon was a bit unexpected for us. We had this one night we hadn’t booked accommodation yet because we were still deciding where to go. Our stop after this night was Amboise (in the Loire Valley) so we had to get roughly halfway from La Spezia to Amboise and hopefully still end up somewhere nice.
We were tossing up between Lyon and Geneva, and ended up going with Lyon for time, distance and cost reasons, and I am so glad we did, because we totally fell in love with Lyon!
(By the way, this is part 21 in my series on my recent trip to Europe. You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here)
This night in Lyon, and our two stays in London (one when we landed and one when we left) were our only hotel stays for our entire trip. Everything else was booked through Airbnb and it was so awesome staying in the most random types of accommodation. That said, it was kind of nice to stay in a plush hotel for a night!
We saw an ‘English’ fish and chips shop on the street and decided to grab some lunch. It was amazingly good! It’s called Made in Fish if you’re ever in Lyon.
We stumbled across some kind of international tourism event, with stalls from different countries to encourage people to visit. There were performances from people representing the cultures of different countries and it was fascinating to see.
No Australia stall unfortunately!
It is the old part of the city and is filled with tiny streets filled with shops and bars and restaurants. The vibe was just amazing and it was such a beautiful and vibrant part of the city. We walked up and down these streets for hours just taking it all in!
On our way back to the hotel to check out we came across an open air market that had set up while we were out wandering. This is one of my favourite things about France, the gorgeous local markets! We picked up some fresh bread, some freshly cooked chicken and sausages, and some diving fresh fruit and had it for lunch on the roadside on our way to Amboise. It was pretty amazing and so cheap!
I think we really would enjoy going back to Lyon and spending some more time exploring there.
Have you been for a quick stay somewhere that completely surprised you?
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!