Lyon is situated between Marseille and Paris. It has a population of about half a million citizens. A perfect tourist destination is famous for its architectural and historical landmarks. Lyon itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you mention gastronomy in France, what comes to the minds of most people is Lyon.
It was known for the production and weaving of silk. The ‘Capital of Lights’ is a title given to Lyon city because of it famous Fete des Lumieres festivals that are held annually on 8th December. Its national football team Olympique Lyonnais that progresses up to Eurpean Football Championships has carried Lyon’s flag higher. The city is a leader in the economic fronts and is well known as a main centre for banking, not to mention the various biotech, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Getting Around Lyon
Moving from one point to another in Lyon is not hard at all because there are different means of transport. You can opt for public transport that includes metros, buses, taxis and trams. They offer convenient and rapid means of getting around Lyon and its suburbs. Although all the means of transport are comfortable enough, taxis are more convenient and fast. You might want to enjoy the comfort of driving yourself around and taking your time at the different attractions that you will visit. In that case, the best option will be to go for car hire services.
Car hire companies are available across the city and the specific ones are at the airport and railway stations like Perrache and Part-Dieu. Shop around for the best offers because the firms offer prices that will suit different budgets. The use of a bicycle may not be in your plan because purchasing one for use over the holiday will not be feasible considering that you will not need it after that. You can however enjoy a bicycle ride to various sites thanks to bicycle rental services like Velo’v. A bicycle ride is the cheapest and simplest way to get around Lyon and enjoy your sightseeing.
Walking around helps you to exercise your body and because some of the sites are not located far away, you can take a walk and explore the beautiful sceneries of this great city. Great places to walk around are like the new banks of River Rhone, the old side of the city with its narrow streets and Tete d’Or Park. Explore Lyon at your own comfortable pace!
What to See in Lyon
Lyon may lack the famous monuments like the Statue of Liberty but by its diverse neighborhoods have a lot to offer to the tourists who visit this city. Its architectural marvels are comparable to none and the best way to explore this city is by deriving your own plan that will enable you see the ancient church buildings, parks, traboules and many more that are accessible free of charge.
There are daily entry charges that are required when you want to visit the various museums in Lyon. Visit any tourist office to get the Lyon City Card that has different values according to the days that you will need to tour the museums. The card costs 21, 31 and 41 Euros for 1, 2 and 3 days respectively. The card allows you unlimited access to attraction sites at reduced rates.
Place Nearby to Visit in Lyon
The following are other areas that you can visit when you tour Lyon.
Ile Barbe – A charming island on river Saone that turns out to be the only inhibited island in this city.
Etats-Unis Nieghbourhood – Built back in 1920s by the famous architect Tony Garnier, the neighborhood is a great masterpiece that shows the ideal works of the architect.
Musee Vivant du Cinema – The museum holds great history about cinema, shown through different film excerpts and items.
Corona measures in France – France reacts to the 2nd Wave of Covid-19
Nowhere in Europe are the number of new infections within 24 hours as high as in France. The authorities recently reported almost 19,000 cases and due ti the worrying situation, the French government has now declared “maximum alert” for other cities.
Health Minister Olivier Véran announced that this will apply from Saturday in Lille, Grenoble, Lyon and Saint-Etienne.
The highest corona warning level has been in effect in Paris, Marseille and the overseas region of Guadeloupe since Tuesday – it is the last level before the health emergency. Among other things, all bars and cafes had to close, and there are other restrictions in gyms and for swimming pools. In addition, there are stricter hygiene measures in restaurants.
Anyone who wants to receive friends or family has to keep their distance and wear a mask.
Véran also stressed that there was also good news: the situation in Nice had improved significantly. A positive development can also be observed in Bordeaux, Rennes and Marseille. France had declared one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe from mid-March to around mid-May.
Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada has died after Corona Infection
He made a career only with his first name: Kenzo. He founded his world-famous fashion and cosmetics company in Paris in 1970 but sadly today Kenzo died at the age of 81 as a result of a Covid-19 infection.
Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada died at the age of 81 after being infected with the coronavirus. According to his spokesman, the designer died in a hospital in Paris. With the label Kenzo, which he founded in the French capital in 1970, he became famous worldwide.
“What a designer,” wrote Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Twitter. Kenzo gave a place to color and light in fashion and Paris mourned one of his sons.
Kenzo was the first Japanese fashion designer to settle in Paris and gain a foothold there. He was born in 1939 in a village near Himeji. His career in the fashion industry began as a stylist in a Tokyo department store chain. He came to France in 1965 and only a few years later he had his first major success with his “Jungle Jap” collection.
Colorful and unusual
Fashion shows followed in all major metropolises – one of them took place in 1977 in the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54. Kenzo was best known for its colorful collections and unusual patterns. As early as 1993 he sold his brand to the French luxury group LVMH of the billionaire Bernard Arnault and in 1999 he announced his withdrawal from the company in order to devote himself more to his family.
Bordeaux Coronavirus Covid-19 alert
Located in south-western France, Bordeaux is famous for its namesake wine. Half the city has been declared a World Heritage Site, while most visitors also see it as a gateway to the surrounding wineries and chateaus. Bordeaux welcomed the new millennium with major face-lift, which included pedestrianizing several central streets and extensive renovation of its lovely neo-classical buildings. A college city, it features a vast variety of lively cafes, restaurants and bars.
Bordeaux features an efficient public transport network, which consists of three tram lines and several bus routes. Single tickets are valid for only one journey with no transferring lines. The tram operates from 5am to 1am. Night buses, which serve the popular entertainment districts, are available during the weekends. Taxis are relatively easy to find on the street.
Bordeaux’s Museums and Galleries
Although a medium-sized city, Bordeaux has its fair share in interesting museums and galleries. Centrally located, Musée d’Aquitaine houses an outstanding collection of artefacts and relics from the area’s ancient history, as well as a few art crafts from former French colonies in Africa and Oceania.
Occupying two lovely 18th-century buildings in Mairie Gardens, one by each side of Bordeaux’s Town Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts houses artworks from the 16th to the 20th centuries. From Delacroix to Picasso, a fascinating painting collection is complemented by beautiful sculpture and drawing displays. Guided tours of the museum are organised on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
For modern and contemporary art, head to CAPC (museum of contemporary art). Housed in a former 18th-century warehouse, CAPC features a permanent collection of more than 1,000 art pieces, many of which have been obtained by temporary exhibitions the museum hosted the previous years.
The city’s small, but historic, Museum of Natural History is closed for restoration and will open its gates again in 2015.
Other attractions in Bordeaux
Rooting back to 6th century, Basilica Saint-Seurin is an imposing landmark of the city. Built in a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, it features an adjoined 15th-century chapel and an ancient crypt. The crypt houses some fascinating sarcophagi from twelve centuries ago, decorated in superb Merovingian design.
Visitors flock St Andre Cathedral, not so much for the medieval church itself, but to take a look at its attached steeple. To avoid any negative effects from the vibrations of the jingling bell, a separate Gothic tower (Tour Pay-Berland) was built to house it. Today tourists climb up Tour Pay-Berland to enjoy some panoramic views of the area.
Initially established and developed by the Celtics, the city of Bordeaux really thrived during Roman Era. Unfortunately not much is left from its glorious ancient past, except from some fascinating findings exhibited in Musée d’Aquitaine. However, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre still stand near the Public Garden. Known as Palais Gallien, the site houses some of the 3rd-century amphitheatre’s sidewalls. Visitors are welcome to walk around the ruins.
It would be a real shame to visit Bordeaux and not take a day tour to the nearby chateaus for some delicious wine-tasting. Located in Martillac, Chateau Smith Haut Laffite is one of the grandest and most historic chateaus in the area. Standing in a huge vineyard, it occupies a 16th-century building and features a 1,000-barrel cellar. The chateau organises guided tours of its facilities, which include wine-tasting.
Close to Chateau Smith Haut Laffite, you will find the outstanding Spa de Vinothérapie Caudalie, which offers original treatments based on different types of wine. Relax with a red-wine bath, or pamper yourself with a wine-scrub, and leave totally relaxed and refreshed!
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