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France's second-largest city and financial capital, Lyon is also rightly known as a culinary mecca thanks to a history of numerous neighborhood restaurants serving humble fare (think organ meats, potatoes, and wine from nearby Beaujolais) to the city's workers and artisans. Traversed by both the Rhône and Saône rivers, its importance as a trading center predates even its Roman era. Silk weaving made the city tick until the industrial age, and the hilly Croix Rousse neighborhood once resonated with the thump of weavers at work. Museums of the Resistance, Roman History, Arts (fine, contemporary, and decorative), Printing, Cinema, ...

France's second-largest city and financial capital, Lyon is also rightly known as a culinary mecca thanks to a history of numerous neighborhood restaurants serving humble fare (think organ meats, potatoes, and wine from nearby Beaujolais) to the city's workers and artisans. Traversed by both the Rhône and Saône rivers, its importance as a trading center predates even its Roman era. Silk weaving made the city tick until the industrial age, and the hilly Croix Rousse neighborhood once resonated with the thump of weavers at work. Museums of the Resistance, Roman History, Arts (fine, contemporary, and decorative), Printing, Cinema, Cars and Dolls are joined by one devoted to Lyon's most famous native son, the puppet Guignol, who may be seen in all his cleverness in shows in several local parks on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. If you have time, there are also serious cultural amenities, and first-rate shopping centered between the two rivers.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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  • Location: Located in east central France in the Rhone-Alpes region
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Lyon | Lyon
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    Spring or fall are the best seasons, although nothing warms a winter day quite like lunch in a bouchon restaurant.