Posted on January 28th, 2012
We like Lyon. Seldom visited by tourists and by-passed by Parisians as they race to the Mediterranean, the second largest city in France is a delightful surprise. Here we found history, classic architecture and beauty to match Paris, all without the scale, hustle or difficulty of moving around. Lyon was founded by the Romans in 43 BCE and two amphitheatres remain on the Fourvière hill overlooking the city. The city is at the confluence of two great rivers, the Saone and the Rhone. Presqu’Ile is an island precinct between those rivers, where we found a delightful B&B: La Chambre d’Hugo on the third floor of a Napoleonic building. The area abounds in quality shops and restaurants. We look foward to returning in June.