Visiting the great city of Lyon - and not at least; Bernard
Lyon Travel Blog› entry 8 of 10 › view all entries
The drive to Lyon went very well and there was almost no significant traffic all way until 100 km before Lyon where we met a queue that lasted more than 40 minutes but never really blocking us. We arrived in Lyon after 6 hours or so, and found a city very much different from the Barcelona we just had left. There was almost no traffic and people in the streets; it was just like entering a ghost town.
My GPS quickly guided us to our hotel which was situated very centrally in the city between the rivers Sâone and Rhône. We found a parking space just in front of the hotel and there were no fee before Monday morning at 9 am. We checked in at the hotel that on their web photos had given an impression that it was a modern hotel; it was modernized but it still needed a lot to reach a stamp as modern.
We left the hotel just to find ourselves sitting in front of it having a beer a café Perl. We both took a Belgian beer since we anyway would be back in Brussels in little more than a day. We finished the beers and went for a walk in the old city on the other side of the Sâone. We quickly found out where all the tourist had gone; they were all walking there.
The area is very touristic and young; there are loads of bars, small restaurants and tourist shops. When this is said there is still a lot to look at; the houses are old, tall and narrow, with a lot of angles and see worthy details. I personally enjoy it a lot. We also took the stairs at Montée des Chazeaux where my exercise for the year 2009 took place. From up on that level of the hill you have a fantastic panoramic view of Lyon.
We walked down again and took a well deserved beer first at The Black Lion’s and afterwards at The Drinking Dog; there is apparently a link between animals and drinking in the city.
We stared to get hungry and we did not have Bernard with us so we just continued to walk towards our hotel looking for the decent restaurant of our neighborhood. We finally decided to enter at L’Entrecote and it was not that bad.