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Lyon for a city-phobe

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Lyon for a city-phobe

Hi All,

My wife and I will be flying to Lyon in July, and will be spending three weeks traveling through France, northern Italy and southern Germany. I spent a lot of time in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, but my wife has never been there. The issue I am confronting is that she and I are very different...she does not like crowds, is a little intimidated by not knowing other languages, and is somewhat shy. I want her to really enjoy her trip, so I am willing to cater to her interests and desires.

That being said, I am a little concerned about starting in Lyon, a large city (we are landing in Lyon for a reason - I am accompanying my nephew to France so he can visit his father, a French scientist living in Chambery). Are there areas of Lyon that feel more "small town?" Is there any village near the airport that might be a nice place to stay? We are probably only going to stay in Lyon for one or two days and then head to Provence. I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Lyon, France
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1. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

Solutions will of course depend on your budget!

As you stay only one or two days in Lyon, I don't recommand that you stay in some village because you will be obliged to drive and park, and Lyon is more pedestrians and bicycles friendly than cars friendly. You will be able to walk / cycle eveywhere (have a look on my previous posts in this forum).

For reasonable budgets, why not trying a B&B in a quiet area, that would make your wife feel more like at home ? I am sure you will get a warm welcome !

I can recommand these B&B; browse the websites and tell me if you like it or still need other suggestions :

- If you want to enjoy a garden, go a little out of the city center; these 2 B&B are on the Fourvière hill, still close to the city :

http://www.legreillon.com/

http://www.lalaurentine.com/fr/

May be your wife will feel more confortable in the first one, as the owner is also responsable for a "relocation" association , that helps international company managers settling in Lyon, so I suppose she speaks good english.

- The other one is located in the renaissance district, more central, but off the usual paths : http://www.dormiralyon.com/

Santa Cruz...
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2. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

Thank you, only-lyon, those are great suggestions! To provide a little more information, our budget is flexible, although we are trying to keep total daily costs for both food and accommodations at under 150 Euros. I love walking in cities, but my wife has asthma, so she does not have much endurance. That might make it difficult to get around Fourvière and other hilly areas.

As far as language issues, that is a concern of hers, not mine; I used to be fluent in French 20 years ago. It has been a long time since I spoke French, but I think I can still make myself understood. And if she meets some nice people, I think she will be willing to try to communicate on her own.

Lyon, of course, is known as the gastronomic capital of France. Do you know of any simple, local restaurants that will not cost more than 30 Euros per person, but that will provide a good example of la cuisine Lyonnaise?

Thanks so much!

Lyon, France
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3. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

In that case, I would choose Artelit B&B, that is easy access. Or if you prefer a hotel, the hotel des artistes is located on a lovely place, that is not a very busy district :

http://www.hoteldesartistes.fr/us/cadre.htm

As far as cuisine lyonnaise is concerned, the most typical "bouchons" are :

- Café des Fédérations, 8-10 rue du Major Martin

- la Mère Jean, 5 rue des maronniers (I like this one, cheap, fresh and good products)

- la Meunière, 11 rue neuve

- Bouchon-comptoir Brunet, 23 rue Claudia

A little more expensive, and not only Lyon specialities (you may not like all this, especially in summer : boudin, quenelle, etc, are quite heavy!)

- le Bistrot de Lyon, 64 rue Mercière

- Les Adrets, 30 rue du Boeuf

And if you want more gastronomy, you may try these :

- l'Etage, a restaurant that is like an apartment on a 1st floor place des Terreaux, very good food

- les Muses de l'opéra, inside the Opera house (renovated by Jean Nouvel), very good food nice view

You may also try one of the Paul Bocuse brasserie. L'Ouest is nice, in a former train station. But I like very much Le Sud in summer, it is a "south" specialities restaurant (Provence, Italy, Maroc,...) with a very beaufiful and calm terrace (reservation necessary) :

http://www.bocuse.fr/us/licensed/default.htm

Santa Cruz...
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4. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

Thanks again, only-lyon. You have made some very good suggestions, and I will take advantage of your local knowledge. Merci beaucoup!

Lyon, France
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5. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

You're very welcome LeftCoast Rider !

I realize I made a mistake : I was thinking of l'Est (not l'Ouest), the Bocuse brasserie that is located in a former train station, l'Ouest is also good, but more the kind of american / carrabean place and food you are used to.

I hope you and your wife will enjoy your trip !

Houston
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6. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

Help! We need a centrally located, moderately priced hotel or inn in which to stay for one night. We will be without a car so we would like a spot near a good bouchon and the major sights of the city.

Lyon, France
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7. Re: Lyon for a city-phobe

The hotel des Artistes is very centrally located and offers good value for money.

http://www.artists-hotel.com/

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