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I had the pleasure of going to Lyon, France last week with my husband, Jeremiah. I made a resolution this year that I would do less weekend trips and try to enjoy some more week-long ones, so that I could actually spend the time needed to experience each destination. Lyon is a pretty big city, but not huge – so 4 days was actually pretty perfect. We stayed in an Airbnb (click for $45 off coupon) right by the Opera, which was perfect as we realized this is one of the few places in the city that isn’t on a big hill! We spent the first day climbing (there were a LOT of stairs!) Croix-Rousse, to see the panoramic views of the city, as well as one of the biggest murals in the city – Les Murs des Canuts. We also climbed to the top of the hill where the Notre Dame des Fourviere is located to see some more panoramic views.
We spent the following day at the totally FREE park/zoo, Parc de la Tete D’or. We spent the morning walking through the Jardin Botanique de Lyon and then saw the most beautiful shared enclosure in the Zoo. It’s got on huge shared habitat where the giraffes, zebras, monkeys, flamingos, ducks, etc all hang out together. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It was pretty cool!
The last day was spent doing a day trip to the medieval city of Perouges. It was about a 20 minute train ride from the center of Lyon (Part-Dieu train station). This was probably the highlight of our entire trip, so if you happen to vacation in Lyon I highly recommend going! It’s an artisan little town that dates back to the 12th century. You can find so many cool hand-made souvenirs here. I brought home this awesome hand-made print from a shop that was actually making paper by hand while we were there! Also, obviously a great place to take photos!