As much as I love Paris, I love a break sometimes from the “metro, boulot, dodo” (metro, work, sleep) routine of being in the city. After a few long weeks of work, my boyfriend and I booked a four-day weekend and started looking for a getaway in France. This is my only vacation rule whilst I wait for my visa to be renewed, as I was kindly informed by the lady at the visa office that I shouldn’t leave the country or I may not be able to come back in. Sigh… But anyways, there are lots of places to visit in France, and this time it was direction Lyon!
We got off to a bit of a rough start on Friday trying to catch the train as we were late (my fault, eep) and miscalculated just how far the discount train station is from where we live (very far). We pulled into the station about 10 minutes after the train was supposed to leave, in pretty foul moods. We walked in and were greeted by a massive crowd and after some asking around we realized that all trains were delayed due to a suspicious package left on one of the trains. I got a weird look from the train customer service lady when I said it was amazing news but I was super relieved to have not ruined the trip/ have to buy new tickets for the next train. The station later got evacuated while they checked the package, but all was well and we pulled into Lyon a few hours later.
Lyon is located in the southeast of France between the Saône and Rhône rivers, and it is surrounded by hills (you can see the beginning of the alps from the top of the Fourvière hill). We loved exploring the Presqu’île area, an island between the two rivers.
We took the funicular up the hill to Fourvière to visit the basilica, there were great views of the city from the hill and a Roman amphithéâtre a short walk away.
The Église Saint-Georges in the old city.
We stayed at the Lagrange Aparthotel while we were in Lyon and I really liked it! The room was lovely and clean and there was a rooftop spa area that you can access for only €10. There was even a cute cat who hung out in the courtyard outside our room, what more could you ask for?
The hot tub!
As for food, we went to L’Epicerie for breakfast one day as I had been there before with friends two years ago and had really liked it. It’s a cute place with tartines, burgers, and big salads at a really fair price, the desserts are amazing as well. For dinners we really enjoyed Star Ferry, it’s a boat/restaurant right on the river with a relaxed vibe and a huge selection of beers. It was the perfect choice for Friday night since we could see the Bastille Day fireworks right from our table. Lyon is famous for its food and small ‘bouchon’ restaurants so we’ll have to try one next time! We also cooked dinner in our hotel room (#budgeting) because there was a pretty well-equipped kitchen in our room.
It was a great weekend away, and since Lyon is only about 2 hours away by train (we took Ouigo because it was super cheap) it is an easy weekend trip from Paris. What are your favourite weekend trips? I’m looking for ideas for another weekend away in August 🙂