I just spent the weekend in Lyon, France. It was incredible and the perfect getaway outside of Paris. I took the train out of the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, and it was a short two hours! Then I was transported into the charming city of Lyon. I chose to explore this city because it is know as a food capital of France. There is also arrondissements like Paris, and a river that separates the city. I always tend to rent an AirBnb when I travel for quick getaways in France as I feel that gives the most authentic experience. This was no exception. I arrived to what was called the “Boudoir” which means bedroom in French. This place was charming as all get out – rich with navy blues and golds throughout the interior. There were windows lining the entire back wall which brought in a ton of natural light.
There was also a stairway up to a little secret nook (small office space) that had a roof window opening and was an amazing view of all the rooftops of the city.
Memorable moments in Lyon:
First, dining at Michelin rated restaurant “Prairial” with up and coming chef Gaetan Gentil. My friend and I sat in for a 9 course meal that lasted over 3 hours. The flavors of the dishes were executed to perfection – this menu also has a green star which means everything is sourced very sustainably and organically. (the dishes were mostly not more than 5-6 bites – photos made them appear larger)
The chocolate dessert was pure art. And below is the white fish with the most delicious mushrooms, microgreens and hazelnut cream sauce.
I also loved walking through Place des Jacobins a beautiful center-point with a fountain, a run through the Parc de la Téte d’Or and the Notre Dame church at the very top of Lyon has a breathtaking view of the city.
Strolling around any city in France is memorable and you run into so many structures and little areas that spike interest … everywhere you turn. Lyon was perfect for that sparked curiosity, and I could have easily stayed a few more days. Back to Paris I go … Lastly you MUST try the Tart a la Praline if you are ever in Lyon. An almond based tart with bruléed pink sugar and candied pralines. Divine!
My little office with a view 🙂