Lyon

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BY TRAIN

Lyon is known as the gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of France, and in 1935, the French writer Curnon­sky even

dubbed it ‘the world cap­i­tal of gas­tron­omy’

‘Let the train take the strain’ goes the old ad­ver­tis­ing slo­gan, and it’s def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­ing as a di­rect way to travel from Lon­don to Lyon in the south-east of France. Jump on the Eurostar at St Pan­cras in Lon­don and five and a half hours later, you will step off in France’s third big­gest city. Founded at the con­flu­ence of the Saône and Rhône rivers, pic­turesque Vieux Lyon was once home to the small silk work­shops for which the city was fa­mous. Today, this area is a UNESCO World Her­itage site. Lyon is also known as the gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of France, and in 1935, the French writer Curnon­sky even dubbed it ‘the world cap­i­tal of gas­tron­omy’. Lyon is packed with tempt­ing restau­rants, fas­ci­nat­ing mu­se­ums and art gal­leries such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts; and a tour of the city’s tra­boules (cov­ered pas­sage­ways) is a treat.

Lyon is the cap­i­tal of the Rhône depart­ment, which it­self has a rich her­itage. Its links with its Ro­man past can still be seen in Vi­enne, once one of Ro­man-Gaul’s great­est cities. To the north lie the Beau­jo­lais, CôteRôtie and Her­mitage vine­yards. Oignt is the depart­ment’s sole ad­di­tion to the list of Plus Beaux Vil­lages de France, while to the south, the coun­try­side in the Parc Na­turel Ré­gional du Pi­lat is a mag­net for walk­ers, horse rid­ers and cy­clists.

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