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A wonderful day in Lyon with Bernard

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A rugby player on Stilettos

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.

Normally this should be a religious figure!
It was Monday morning and the streets were relatively empty, the shops had not opened yet and the city was just waiting for another day to start.

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.

The bank of the Sâone
He was a small guy wearing layer on top of layer of leather outfits so he could reach a size small. At one point he left his wallet, keys and cigarettes on the table and left for the inside of the café, we laughed and talked about that it would not work in any other city. The other guy was a speed drinker of which a couple copies walked in afterwards.

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.

We could still enjoy a quiet day in the inner city, it was very clear that holiday had its power grip on Lyon. We both really enjoyed the city and its small cafes, restaurants and shops, there was no doubt that we both would like to come back here again.

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.

Wonderful Gazpacho according to my friend Jacob!
Jacob is not a travbuddy but he knows the site trough me and I had told him a lot about Bernard, so we started off as good friends already from the beginning. Bernard started to tell us about the city and a showing us some interesting places. Bernard is a true Lyonnais and there was not a spot in the city he didn’t know.

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.

Bernard and me after a good meal
Our meal was excellent. We were lucky enough to get a table outside on this beautiful day; Bernard and Jacob started with a great gazpacho with cream while I had an escargot role which was lovely. As main course I had a fish dish and they went for duck. All the dishes were very delicious and the wine was nice too.

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.

hirondellenhi says:
your post brought back so much memories of Lyon. I was there for 5 months. I love it without even realize it. It's one of those thing you take it for granted until you don't have it anymore and then you miss it. Thank you for sharing.
Posted on: Sep 13, 2009
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A rugby player on Stilettos
A rugby player on Stilettos
Normally this should be a religiou…
Normally this should be a religio…
The bank of the Sâone
The bank of the Sâone
Wonderful Gazpacho according to my…
Wonderful Gazpacho according to m…
Bernard and me after a good meal
Bernard and me after a good meal
Nice houses
Nice houses
Hanging garden!
Hanging garden!
I like these signs
I like these signs
Shadows on corners
Shadows on corners
Closed and painted
Closed and painted
The steel tower
The steel tower
The Sâone
The Sâone
The bank of Sâone
The bank of Sâone
Looking up at the bridge
Looking up at the bridge
All the waiters having a break bef…
All the waiters having a break be…
The Volvo in Lyon
The Volvo in Lyon
Look at the S-car-go Eddie Murphy
Look at the S-car-go Eddie Murphy
Fish that was taseful and
Fish that was taseful and
A very nice duck was killed in ord…
A very nice duck was killed in or…
Bernard and me
Bernard and me
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