A wonderful day in Lyon with Bernard
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Next morning we woke up pretty early due to the calm evening we had the day before, the nightlife from both Paris and Barcelona had been a bit more tiresome. I ran down to put some coins in the parking meter and was surprised of the hourly fee; it was as expensive as in Paris. Besides being expensive you could not book it for more than one and a half hour, so it meant that we had to come back a couple of times with our pockets full of coins.
We went down and had a cup of coffee at The Perl and decided to walk towards the Saone where Jacob had seen that there were a marked on his early recognizance of the city before I came down. We walked the small and narrow streets of the inner city.
I found many wonderful angles to take pictures of and I was surprised about the number of bars and cafes that had been in our neighborhood without us noticing it, but it had been a Sunday evening in the middle of the holidays. We found the river after crossing many small streets and decided to get another cup of coffee before we would walk along the water.
The place was one of these natural relaxing spots that I love to sit in and enjoy the life. When we arrived there were only two persons in the café and both having the same idea as us. One guy being a copy of Peter Fonda from easy rider and probably the same age as Peter Fonda would be today.
We got our coffee and a cold glass of water that we got told was for free, I got myself a croissant which was very good. After the pit stop that lasted more than 30 minutes we went for the marked, which turned out to be full of stuff that was more funny to watch that interesting to buy. The marked was more than 500 meters long and there were even good possibilities to acquire a bed with free delivery.
We had a lunch agreement with Bernard at noon so we started to walk back to the hotel along another way than we went there.
I had made a deal with Bernard that we would be at the hotel at noon and for Danes keeping the time is usually very important so at noon we were there looking for him. Like a fast shadow he suddenly appeared behind looking exactly as I had pictured him, relaxed and in very good mood. It is quite funny how well you feel you know each other without having met because you spend some time together over the internet.
Over the last year Bernard and I talked a lot and commented each other’s blogs and features.
We walked towards the restaurant that he had picked for us to enjoy of our lunch. Bernard was a bit sad that we were visiting him in the holiday period and also on a Monday because the choice of restaurants had been limited. Bernard had directed us towards L’ourson qui boit, and if it had not been for him, we would not found a great place like this in the small streets close to the Opéra.
The restaurant is run by Japanese chef Agira Nishigaki, and his wife.
After the meal we walked a bit around the city while Bernard further showed us the sites and his knowledge about it. Unfortunately we had to leave early, we had still 6 hours drive at least left that day before we would be back in Brussels. It had been a great day and with a great Travbuddy friend, Bernard.