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A city of cuisine.

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Paris may be the 'city of lights', but Lyon is 'the city of cuisine'. I enjoyed some very delicious meals here, some of the best I've had in my travels. This city has much to offer in culture and demeanor too. It can't compare with Paris for sights, but it exceeds in cuisine - Lyonnaise is superb. The people and culture have finesse. Lyon is old world with modern aspects, pleasant to walk and traffic is pedestrian friendly. The two rivers of Lyon - Rhone & Saone have many connecting bridges. A Roman amphitheatre in the hills above the rivers connect with a cable car (Funicular).  You can walk the steps to the top also. A taxing climb, but worth it for views on the way up. Concerts rain down on the city below like spring rain from here.

Universite Lyon - Luminere 2
Ahhh, Lyon Nights!

I was here for the International Conference on Luminescence and gave a lecture at the historic Université de Lyon. I also had some time to tour around. The city can be quite busy during the day, but the traffic is so efficiently organized, it's easy for a pedestrian to navigate and get around. At night it tends to be quiet and relatively traffic free. I liked this aspect. There is plenty to see in Lyon to satisfy anyone. I do recommend the hills above for a spectacular panorama of the city below. There is much history to explore and the city has some wide avenues and large squares to enjoy. I will remember the food most of all perhaps. Be adventurous and try new things, you will be pleasantly surprised. Some of the best French dishes served can be enjoyed with pleasure in Lyon for a lasting culinary memory.  Lyon has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It is a reputation well deserved. Yes, the number of Michelin stars is impressive here, but the diversity, presentation and flavor speaks for itself.

Cho says:
Congratulations, Brian on this featured blog. As I commented last year, I too found Lyon to be a vibrant city and was there many times, usually to take an international flight out of Saint Exupery airport.
Posted on: Jun 19, 2014
spocklogic says:
Well, I did travel to Lyon by way of Paris once I got out of Hell in Norway, but outside the conference on Luminescence I did experience some Lyonescence!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2014
vances says:
Interesting you contrast Lyon with the "city of lights"...wouldn't that have been a perfect venue for the International Conference on Luminescence???

:^)
Posted on: Jun 14, 2014
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Universite Lyon - Luminere 2
Universite Lyon - Luminere 2
My lecture - Egg head illumination!
My lecture - Egg head illumination!
Scientific lecture or Karaoke?
Scientific lecture or Karaoke?
Questions...Reaching for my Magnum!
Questions...Reaching for my Magnum!
Nobel Prize composure!
Nobel Prize composure!
Street side cafe (Love those fans)
Street side cafe (Love those fans)
Future Nobel Prize winner (center)
Future Nobel Prize winner (center)
Opera national de Lyon
Opera national de Lyon
Bartholdi Fountain
Bartholdi Fountain
Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Rod…
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Ro…
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Pic…
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Pi…
Rhone River at Pont Wilson
Rhone River at Pont Wilson
Lyon - the hills above
Lyon - the hills above
Scaling upward - looking down
Scaling upward - looking down
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Lyon Panorama - Sweating to see!
Lyon Panorama - Sweating to see!
That breeze feels good Ottavio!
That breeze feels good Ottavio!
Amphitheatre - Roman history here.
Amphitheatre - Roman history here.
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