“Romaning” Around Lyon

Ready to explore Lyon, we woke up, bought a few groceries for an early lunch, and set out on foot. Walking through the beautiful graffitied streets, we saw many squares, cathedrals, and monuments, before arriving at our first destination, Parc de la Tête D’Or. 


This urban park covers around 290 acres and features a stunning lake, rose garden, zoo, foot pathways, and bikes and boats for renting. Entrance into the park and exploration is entirely free! We, of course, had to be super tourists, and rent the most ridiculously uncomfortable bike to tour around the park. 


Leaving the park, we continued walking to visit the Roman ruins. Due to it’s location and influence, Lyon was one of the most important cities during the Roman Empire rule, and grew rapidly in both size and wealth. Lyon has many Roman ruin remains including an amphitheater, theater, Odeon, and museum. 


We returned to the basilique to view the inside, since we heard it was a must see, and indeed it was. Floor to ceiling mosaics, many different chapels, and a crypt. This basilique is definitely on scale with the one we saw it Monaco. It was absolutely stunning! 


By this time, we were getting hungry, so we stopped for an afternoon snack: tarts and local beers, and sat down by the river. 


Afterwards, we attempted to get into a few restaurants, but I guess you need reservations for most of them, or perhaps our 8:00pm dinner time was prime time! We ended up eating at another local Bouchon and had an amazing feast: another three course dinner, bottle of wine, and espressos for €70. 

Course one: pate for me, lentil soup for Daniel. 


Course two: pike fish for me, chicken for Daniel. 


We concluded with the same local delicacy, praline cake, and an espresso. 


Lyon has treated us very well and has definitely been a place that we would return. The friendliness of the people, delicious local foods, endless sites to visit, historical information, and beautiful parks and streets should make this city a must see on anyone’s list! 

It’s Nice to be in Nice!

Awakening bright and early at 530, we quickly got our things organized and headed to the Bordeaux airport for our flight to Nice. Around an hour or so later, we arrived in the rainy city, ready to check in and begin our exploring. 

We strolled through the narrow streets of Vieille Ville, surrounded by bright yellow colours and fresh mix of fish and pastry smells. As the rain sprinkled overhead, and the skies became dreary, we didn’t let that stop us from our short visit here. We walked along the beach lined street and climbed Colline du Château for spectacular views of Nice. This park contains gardens, waterfalls, view points, and old ruins that are simply spectacular on all levels. 


The rain continued to pour, so after a visit to the cathedral, we stopped for an essential coffee and our first crepe!

We continued on route for more exploring before a delicious three course local dinner!

Top City to Visit 2017

Bordeaux has topped the best city to visit in 2017, and I couldn’t agree more! What a remarkable introduction to France and a simply gorgeous city and more than one way. 

On Friday, we planned to get up early to explore all that Bordeaux had to offer, but an alarm malfunction, and a late sleep in, set our day off later than planned. We grabbed a quick espresso and pain de chocolate, and began our on foot journey to visit all the sites that made Bordeaux a UNESCO heritage site. We visited thirteen different sites like cathedrals, Grosse Cloche, and Tour Pey Berland, just to name a few. 


After site seeing, we hopped on the tram and headed to La Cité du Vin, which is a wine museum. Upon checkin, you’re given a headset in your language and an iPhone looking device that guides you through the museum, giving you the history, culture, facts, and interactive exhibits to engage the senses. The session concludes with your choice of a glass of wine. 


Our evening concluded with a delicious local dinner, strolling the streets, and getting packed for our next stop: Nice.