Lyon

If you ever find yourself in this city, don’t leave without discovering a traboule, passageways connecting centuries old streets in Vieux-Lyon (Old Town).

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Originally used by silk manufacturers and merchants to transport their goods, today the traboules lead through hidden courtyards where people live and when you stumple upon one you simply can’t help but feel transported to another world almost.

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If that wasn’t cool enough, there’s also buildings in Lyon where you’ll have to look twice as you walk past.

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Le Mur Des Canuts and Fresque des Lyonnais are two examples where you’ll find trompe-l’œil artwork, which are painted to look 3D and very realistic.

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When I was 16 and about to start my final year of high school, I spent a few weeks in Lyon on exchange with a host family.

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I had a great time in the city and last year had the opportunity to return and consequently I was quite lazy with the pictures the second time around but here’s a collection of photos from my time spent in the city from both visits.

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Lyon is known widely as the gastronomy capital of France so be prepared to eat out a lot here and have some of the country’s best cuisine.

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It’s not just restaurants even – I literally had the best kebab of my life next to the train station!

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For some fantastic views from up high you can take a STEEP walk up a lot of stairs (or take the funicular which would’ve probably been wiser in retrospect but where’s the fun in that right?)

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These views can be seen from behind the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, which is situated high above the centre of Lyon.

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Built in the late 19th century and has impressive mosaic and gold detailing through out.

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Adjacent to the cathedral is the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre called the Theatres Romains de Fourviere, which dates back to approximately 15BC.

No entry fee was required, we just simply had a walk around here.

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My friends and I also checked out the Institut Lumière, where the brothers of the same name created modern cinematography in their home.

It’s an interesting museum, providing background on how film works.

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I’ve visited Lyon in both summer and winter and have to say that either time of year is lovely – especially when it’s colder weather since the town centre turns into a skating rink which is pretty cool!

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