You cannot argue with Lyon’s principal pastimes: food and football. When not watching French superclub Olympique Lyonnais, locals dine en famille in bouchons, the backstreet eateries that dish up robust lyonnais sausages and hearty pâté. Lyon’s 14 Micheli
The city’s bourgeois building stock and ever-enchanting Rhône and Saône riverbanks make up a 500-hectare Unesco World Heritage site. Rising up on the historic Presqu’île district between the two rivers is the monumental Musée des Confluences (www.museedesconfluences.fr), a metal and glass ethnography museum that follows human development from its origins to the present.