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!