For the second part of the long weekend, we took a short train from Annecy to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France!
Six-and-a-half years ago, I studied in Lyon for a few weeks, so I already had a good idea of places to hit. Walking around and near Place Bellecour (top left) and Vieux Lyon were my picks, and Rachel had the brilliant idea to visit the Roman ruins (top right) when we got to Vieux Lyon--free and fun! We had so much fun climbing on all of the structures!
From there, we walked to la Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière (bottom left), where we marveled at the mosaics that lined the walls and ceiling. And just outside of the basilica is a panoramic view of Lyon (bottom right)--just like I remembered!
After lunch, we left Vieux Lyon and wandered around the city. We found the Only Lyon sign (top left), Hôtel de Ville, or city hall (top right), and the Rhône (bottom right) as the sun was setting. And ages ago, I had found something on Pinterest that recommended the book store Le Bal des Ardents (bottom left) in Lyon, simply because it's so darn cute. We had a little trouble finding it, but once we did, it was magnificent! I bought a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry there (no, not Le Petit Prince), as he is a key Lyonnais figure.
Although Lyon is the gastronomic capital, neither Rachel nor I partook in traditional Lyonnais cuisine. Neither of us eat red meat, which is found in the majority of food at the bouchons, or Lyonnais restaurants. So for lunch we had Italian, and for dinner we had non-Lyonnais food (onion soup and goat-cheese salad) at a bouchon. At least we went to one, right?