An Underrated Masterpiece
Despite being the third largest city in France, Lyon is not often given the credit it deserves as both an historic treasure and a foodie's dream come true. Lyon can be found about 300 miles (ca.483 km) south of Paris at the point where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. It was built on the silk industry so it carries with it a rich and ancient history. Home to one of the oldest Renaissance quarters in all of Europe, the wealthiest noblemen in the region set up homes there as far back as the 15th century.
Lyon was nicknamed the World Capital of Gastronomy in 1935 and the city lives up to its reputation to this day. It has the highest concentration of restaurants in France with 1500 eateries found in the one small city. Be sure to visit Les Halles de Lyon to indulge in the local cuisine.
Lyon's architecture has retained its Renaissance history. Traboules are narrow passageways found in Vieux Lyon and La Croix-Rousse Saône. These tunnels run under residences and were once used for silk makers to have quick access to the river. The traboules are still accessible and visitors can experience the history of Lyon by walking the same steps as the ancient residents of Lyon.
Continue a walk through history at the Notre Dame de Fourviere. Located on a hilltop in the oldest area of Lyon, the Basilica is famous for its role in Fête des Lumières that is held every December. Visitors who are lucky enough to be in Lyon on December 8 will get to see each home sparkling with candlelight in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Places to Stay in Lyon
Lyon is a large city with many luxurious hotel accommodations available to suit anyone's preferences. For visitors who want to be in the center of the action, the Hotel Carlton Lyon is the place to be. The atmosphere surrounding the hotel is lively to say the least and the on-site spa allows for some respite for weary travelers. Visitors looking for more low-key sophistication should try the Villa Maia Hotel. This is a trendy boutique hotel located on Fourvière Hill. It is a short walk to all the goings-on of Lyon but the views make the distance well worth it.
A City to Keep Coming Back To
Known as both the City of Love and the City of Lights, there is no doubt Paris makes an impression on everyone who visits and one visit is never enough. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Champs Elysees are all must sees for first-time tourists. Guests with more time can take in the history of the Paris Catacombs or eat in the Montmarte neighborhood. Despite the countless sites to take in, visitors who are only flying into Paris for the day should not be discouraged. A picnic on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower is just as magical as it sounds!
What Are the Best Places to Stay in Paris?
Touting itself as a "design masterpiece," Le Royal Monseau Raffles is a marvel of architecture and elegance. Located within walking distance of the Arc de Triumph, the location is second to none. Le Royal Monseau Raffles offers the unique energy of Paris with a staff ready to provide the utmost attention to their guests.
The Ritz Paris was a model of innovation meets elegance when it opened in 1898 and it continues with that reputation to this day. Historical features like Louis XV paintings remain while added features like a Chanel Spa create a decadence reminiscent of Maria Antoinette.
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