Subject: advice on Lyon and Marseille
Hi Mark, If you prefer small cities, you will love Lyon, probably more than Marseille. At least we did and we also prefer small cities. There is a quality about Lyon than makes it unique and makes you love it. It might be big, but the feeling you get is that of a provincial town with very polite and charming people. Like the hairdresser I went to, ( she of course was the patronne) she went out of her way to call the restaurant she preferred and make a reservation for us. I felt a lot of warmth from most people we dealt with. And of course you have the Old Ville, and the wonderful restaurants, and the Grand Siecle buildings. It is a lovely town. The bon week end a Lyon is a program organized by the Marie de Lyon that gives you a free day if you stay during the week end. All kind of hotels participate. We chose the Royal a very nice four stars, splurged with a de luxe room and it was VERY NICE. I believe we arrived on a Thursday left on Sunday afternoon and paid only two nights.

Have a great trip.

Graziella , Miami Beach.