Vieux Lyon (World)

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Enclave of Medieval and Renaissance France"

Ok, first of all, it bugs me that the author spells Lyon as "Lyons." Apparently that is an old spelling. Not sure why she chose to do that, since it seems outmoded and outdated. I spell it L-Y-O-N. That's how people spelled it when I was there.

That said, Vieux Lyon is fantastic. We stumbled upon it walking down from the Basilica. We walked down Rue du Boeuf, and it was as if we had gone through a time machine. The restaurants looked amazing; we regretted not knowing about these places earlier so that we could have made a reservation.

We did stop for a crepe and cappucino at this one place to rest our weary toes. Wow, was that good! Mine was a Princess Crepe made with a chestnut creme. It was positively heavenly.

Lyon is known for its bouchons, which is a casual restaurant with bistro fare. Lyon is right up there with Paris when it comes to gastronomy. We ended up at probably not the best place to eat in Vieux Lyon that night for dinner, but the only place we could get a table; and the place was still packed to the gills when we ate at 10 pm. Like I said, had we known how busy it would be we would have made reservations at a good place prior to getting into town.

Vieux Lyon is certainly worth visiting though. The Basilica up the hill from there, and the old Roman ruins just down from the Basilica are also worth seeing (but not in Vieux Lyon).
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