|Subject: Re: Advice on Lyon and Marseille|
Mark, I absolutely second Graziella opinon on Lyon. We travel
to France once or twice a year and have many friends in both Paris
and Lyon. Lyon to me is the Petite Paris (not Bucharest). A big
city with a down home feeling. The layout of the city (like Paris)
between two rivers is spectacular and the old city is across the
river guarded by the cliffs were a magnificant church awaits your
exploration. Look closely at the mosaic tiles. The vast number and
beauty will astound you. The old ville is quaint and very touristy
but has some of the best dining in all of the world at reasonable
prices. The centre island is easily walkable and has all of the
museums and other places and fashion shopping. North on the Isle
is an area of town known for the Canuts (silk makers) a great tour
for the factories and great buys on silk scarves. Lyon is easy to
get to by plane, train and auto and I have done all three in and out.
Avignon is not far from Lyon, 3+ hours, but that can turn into a day
if stop at any of the Rhone valley wineries that line the river or
the valhala(sp) chocolate factory or the merinage factory.... well,
enough said. Lyon is my favorite city in France, besides my love!
P.S. Did I mention the antique auto meusum, a taxi ride away or that Lyon is the home to the famous Paul Bosce restaurant or that Lyon is the home to the invention of the modern day cinema.