It’s hard to say that Lyon was anything but the exact opposite of Paris, but also in many ways still the same. The similarities of which I am chalking up to the fact that we were still very much in France as we came within view of Lyon’s stunning downtown.
Our first day, was a Sunday and even though we were in the center of the city, nothing was open. We spent most of the day exploring the center area of Lyon which is annexed by two man made canals. There are several massive public plazas and the walk from one end of the downtown to the next was under thirty minutes giving the city the effect of having very much to offer but feeling very connected and people centric. You could look very hard, but there are probably few cities out there that are as beautiful and pristine as is Lyon.
There is a park in Lyon in the north called Parc de la Tête d’Or, which has everything to offer and by that I certainly mean everything. In the park there is nothing short of a wildlife reserve, a zoo, botanical gardens, mini-golf, and a docile lake within its grounds. We took a picnic in the shade of a large oak tree, and the resulting exploration of the grounds seemed only necessary.