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Updated January 1, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    The Bartholdi Fountain is located on the north side of Place Terreaux. It dates from late 19th century (c. 1888), and done by the same guy who made the Statue of Liberty - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was actually planned for the city of Bordeaux…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    The Fourviere area of Lyon, located on a hill rising up above the Saone River, and overlooking modern day Lyon, is one of the great places to visit in this fine city. Fouviere comes from the Latin forum vetus (old forum) since it was the original Rom…
  3. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Lyon, France
    This Best Western hotel was not exactly what I expected. Lyon if fairly expensive and I chose this hotel on the basis of the price. For the value there it was a good choice, but the value ends there. The location is not really close to the center of …
  4. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Paris, France
    This hotel is centrally located in the 5th Arrondissement (Latin Quarter) of Paris, quite near the Jardin des Plantes, and within a short walking distance of Notre Dame. It's on one of those narrow Paris streets (Rue Pascal) that more often than not …
  5. Cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Paris, France
    I was in the mood for something different and unique in Paris one day and thought to myself, why not see a film. Mind you, I didn't want to see just any film or the latest release, but something I could take in as an experience in culture. I found ju…
    This review was featured on Monday January 9th, 2012
  6. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Lyon, France
    The Cité Internationale area of Lyon lies between the Rhône River and Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon's large urban park. This is a fairly new area of Lyon, which underwent development from the late 1990's to 2006, concluding with construction of L'amp…
    This review was featured on Friday April 15th, 2016
  7. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lyon, France
    I found this restaurant by chance as it happened to be near my hotel. I saw two or three other larger restaurants nearby. I debated and decided to try this smaller, more intimate 'Daniel et Denise'. I was really happy with my choice. The staff went o…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Cities in France are often divided into arrondissements or districts. Fourviere is the 5th arrondissement of Lyon, made official in 1852 as part of the first five designated as such. The boundaries have changed since that time, and don't quite follow…
  9. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    The funiculars of Lyon are the oldest urban ones in the world and celebrated 150 years of operation in 2012, encompassing the years 1862-2012. Originally there were five lines, but only two exist now to Fourviere Hill. Both of these funicular lines a…
  10. Very cheap "Hotels & Accommodations" in Paris, France
    I will share this, and not many know about it. It's a little place in the latin quarter called Hotel du Commerce where you can get a room for 40 euros. It may not be grand, but it is in the center of things. It is a traveler friendly place. There are…
  11. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Villeurbanne, France
    Villeurbanne is a commune in the city of Lyon, rather like a township, and, in fact, draws its name from Villa Urbana, meaning "town house". It's is actually an ancient inhabited area, but you would not know that today, where it is home to many of Ly…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    This Romanesque church in the Ainay district of Lyon dates to the 11th century and built on the site of a 4th century Benedictine Abbey. An Abbot named Gaucerand led the transformation of site to reconstruct and modernize it into a Basilica & Abbey. …
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    This 12th century Roman Catholic cathedral took over 300 years to complete from 1165-1480. It was built on the site of a 6th century church. Originally it was Romanesque architecture, but eventually became a combination of Romanesque and Gothic due t…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Paris, France
    This is a review about the Eiffel Tower, but rather than go with the tourist crowd numbering over 100 reviews, I am making mine under "La Tour Eiffel", which is its real name in the French. I'm not being a snob here and it is an iconic sight to see i…
  15. Cheap "Hotels & Accommodations" in Lyon, France
    Lyon tends to be somewhat on the expensive side for hotels, but if looking for something convenient and low cost, there are some places to be found. One such place is Montempo Apparthotel. As the name implies it is sort of an apartment/hotel which pr…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Monument des Enfants du Rhône, commonly known as Children of the Rhône Monument, is a memorial dedicated to the soldiers of Lyon who died in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. It is located in Général-Leclerc Square at the entrance of the Park…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Located at the Place de Terreaux in a 17th-18th century Benedictine convent, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is a fine arts museum with a large holding of collections. These include Antiquities (many pieces from Eqypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Parc de la Tête d'Or, which means Park of the Golden Head, apparently takes its name from a legend that there is a golden head of Christ buried in the park. The park dates to the 19th century (~1858) and covers an area of around 1.2 square km (~0.5 …
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Given that Lyon itself can trace its origins back to Roman times, many of the plazas (Place in French) are of relatively modern origin, mainly from the late Renaissance period of the 17th century. Plazas became a center of life in cities like Lyon, w…
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    This plaza in Lyon dates to the mid 16th century, and the name Terreaux comes from the Latin word terralia, meaning to divide. The reason for the name is because the land here was outside the city walls, composed mostly of swampy ditches, in the earl…
  21. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in Paris, France
    This is a decent hotel, not my usual choice of areas in Paris, but I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent service, great room, clean and comfortable. Don't expect a view as the hotel is boxed in by surrounding buildings. The sights are but a sentence …
  22. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lyon, France
    Imouto, Japanese for "Little Sister", is a French Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Asian neighborhood near Pont de la Guillotière. The decor in this restaurant is contemporary and chic, with undulating wooden waves covering the ceiling. Thi…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    Lugdunum is the ancient name for Lyon, which began as a Roman settlement established in 43 BC, on what is known today as Fourvière Hill. In fact, the name Fourvière comes from the Latin forum vetus (old forum). Like many places with Roman origins, …
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lyon, France
    This church has origins which date to the 2nd century (~177 AD), so legend says, and built on the site of a Roman monument. In the 6th century it was named after Saint Nizier (513-573), an Archbishop of Lyon. The city of Lyon was still called Lugdunu…
  25. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lyon, France
    The restaurant is actually built around what use to be an old salt warehouse and it's quite spacious inside and pleasing to the eye, decorated as it is. It can easily accommodate a large crowd for a banquet, but also intimate enough for private dinin…
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