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Covering 117 hectares, this expansive green space is the largest park in France. The Parc de la Tête d'Or lies on the left bank of the Rhône River, right in the center of the city. The park has a zoo, botanical garden, and rose-garden. At the Petit Lac (Small Lake), families can rent mini boats to sail around the tranquil waters. Boats, ponies, rides, mini karting, little train, shops and many more activities await you at the park. Animations, shows, cultural or sports events, discover all the news of the Parc de la Tête d'Or. Totally dedicated to leisure, discovery and relaxation, its green spaces are the scene of many activities: zoo, rides, shops, shows, pony rides, botanical garden, and more. Everything is together to make your visit a moment Magic. Big and small children, tourists, sportsmen or simple walkers, everyone will find his happiness.
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere
The impressive cultural heritage of Lyon is evidenced in this Musée des Beaux-Arts, considered the next-best fine arts museum in France after the Louvre. The museum occupies the 17th-century Palais Saint-Pierre, a former Benedictine convent. This museum has one of Europe's largest collections of artwork, including antiquities, paintings, sculpture, and decorative art-from ancient Egypt to the present day. The museum also has an excellent collection of Impressionist paintings and modern art. The quality of the collection is exceptional. There are many renowned works by European masters such as Delacroix, Géricault, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, and Véronèse. Highlights of the painting collection include the medieval altarpiece The Ascension of Christ by Perugino, the expressive Bathsheba Bathing painting by Véronèse, and the sumptuous Adoration of the Magi piece by Rubens. The museum also has a salon de thé (tea salon) and a restaurant with a terrace in the gardens.
In a majestic location on the Fourviere Hill, the Basilique Notre-Dame rises to a height of 130 meters above the Saone River. The Basilica is accessible by funiculars running up the hill. This stunning church was built after the Franco-Prussian War when the people of Lyon had vowed to create a Marian sanctuary if their city was spared. The construction took place from 1872 to 1884. The Basilica is a blend of Gothic and Byzantine styles with a richly decorated interior. Spend time in the sanctuary to admire the sumptuous mosaics and paintings. After touring the interior, climb the northeast tower to take in the sensational views of Lyon's cityscape and surrounding areas. Also, the Esplanade de Fourvière, on the left side of the Basilica, provides a sensational panoramic outlook onto the city of Lyon. The views extend to the Croix-Rousse and the Terreaux districts, the Quartier Saint-Jean further down the hill, and the Place Bellecour on the right.
Built on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hillside, this historic neighborhood was an important center of weaving in the early 19th-century. Because of the high gradient of the streets, there are many charming curves and staircases. The most unique aspect of the neighborhood is its collection of 'traboules', covered passageways that function as public hallways through the quarters of private houses. These special alleyways were used by silk workers to transport their fabrics. Wander around the neighborhood to discover the architectural curiosities of the winding streets and hidden traboules. The traboules are open to the public, but visitors should be quiet, out of respect to the residents. Another tourist attraction in this area is the Maison des Canuts (House of Silk Workers) at 10/12 Rue d'Ivry. This small museum is dedicated to the art of creating silk. During a visit, tourists can discover the invention of the Jacquard loom and watch hand-weaving demonstrations on traditional looms
At the heart of Lyon is Place Bellecour, an enormous, unbroken brick expanse (the third largest square in France) sprawled between the Saône and the Rhône Rivers. These are echoed by two sculptures, named for the waterways, that flank a famed statue of Louis the X1V, on horseback. The Sun King, in 1708, took this former vineyard, army barracks, and private gardens, and developed it into a public square. His architects framed the space with elegant facades, and it has since hosted public events and, more recently, an iconic Ferris wheel. The shadeless plaza is surrounded by excellent eateries and cool cafés - Lyon is, after all, the Gastronomic Capital of France - w here you'll find respite on steamy summer afternoons. Place Bellecour is the "Beautiful Heart" of Lyon, and marks kilometer 0, from which all distances are measured. It is served by Metro Lines A and D, which cross at the Bellecour stop.
Le 404 is a modern French brasserie complete with art-adorned brick, grey walls and colorful lighting. The menu features soups, salads, meat and fish dishes - with many options changing often to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients. Choices include the rabbit with mustard sauce; and the duo of burgers - one with beef, chorizo and raclette and the other with turkey, braised endives, and Maroilles sauce. Pair your savory dishes with house fries, rice, or ratatouille.
L’Orchidée is a lovely family-owned establishment brimming with warmth and serving delicious meals. The menu changes frequently in order to showcase the freshest ingredients available, but diners will often find highlights such as the entrecôte française with camembert cream and roasted potatoes; magret de canard with green pepper and potatoes; and the crème brûlée with orange zest.
Tucked away on a quiet street, La Bouche à Oreille is a family-run venue serving traditional French cuisine. Elegant yet casual, the atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely lunch or dinner. The restaurant offers several prix-fixe menus, which include dishes such as friend prawns served with risotto with truffle oil; seared tuna steak with sesame seed wasabi and pepper cream; and tantalizing vanilla crème brûlée.
Bagatelle can be found in the heart of the Saint François quarter. A chic and stylish bistro, Bagatelle features several different prix-fixe menus along with an a la carte menu. If you’re craving a burger, you’ll find several options including the ‘Force Basque’ version with duck breast, ground beef, a slice of foie gras, smoked pork, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and bleu cheese all on organic bread and served with fries. You’ll also find traditional French dishes.
A Deux Pas D’Ici is located in the Saint François quarter of Le Havre. Diners will have the choice of a chef special, which changes daily in order to reflect the best ingredients available, or something from the a la carte menu. Notable menu highlights include the trio of fish with a luxurious saffron butter; the filet of beef with creamy livarot (cheese) sauce; and for dessert, iced soufflé with Grand Marnier and chocolate.
La Petite Gourmandise is a charming, cozy restaurant. You’ll find dishes such as the fish of the day, which is selected from the St. François market, the entrecôte de boeuf with camembert sauce and the vegetarian plate, which changes daily. Finish your meal with something sweet like the île flottante or profiteroles.
Jean-Luc Tartarin has been awarded two Michelin stars. Procuring the freshest ingredients daily, the culinary team, headed by Chef Jean-Luc Tartarin, creates new, exciting dishes to tantalize the taste buds of guests. The prix-fixe menus include Black Angus beef with béarnaise sauce and potato purée with fresh butter; roasted turbot (fish) with mango, zucchini, and coconut; and steamed cod with leeks and currants.
La Taverne Paillette is family-friendly brasserie. Although located in France, the interior space will transport you to Bavaria with its honey-toned woods and spacious feel. The menu features a variety of fresh seafood, including four types of mussels - marinière, crème, Roquefort, and à la Normande. You’ll also find plenty of sausages, salads, hot and cold entrées. Try the famous La Bière Paillette - a local brew and a definite must-try when visiting La Taverne Paillette.
A classic French restaurant, Le Lyonnais exudes charm. It offers several prix-fixe menus dependent on your hunger level - typical dishes include the cassolette de la mer, the chef’s specialty. The menu also contains a lot of local specialties like andoullette and fish dishes which are all well prepared and flavorful. Their fish stew is recommended as it is one of their house specialties. And don't forget the profiteroles maison for dessert.
For something a little different and fun, head to Fifty’s American Diner. With a love of everything 1950’s Americana, you’ll find an eclectic venue decorated with red-and-white vinyl seating, including booths, pictures and neon signs. The menu features an array of juicy burgers named after various locales in the USA, salads, bagel sandwiches, side dishes, and desserts. Try the Route 66 burger topped with smoked bacon, cheddar, potato pancake, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cream cheese paired with some fries.
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The Seine - along with nearby towns and villages - has been the inspiration and the subject of painters for centuries, and none more so than the Impressionists. The forerunner of the Impressionist movement, l’école de Honfleur was launched in Honfleur, the small picturesque trading port at the mouth of the river. Drifting down the Seine, from Rouen to Giverny, Auvers-sur-Oise, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, and, of course, Paris you’ll see sight after sight that has been famously interpreted and depicted in light-flecked detail by 19th- and 20th-century artists, including Monet, van Gogh, and Seurat.
Pommeau is an alcoholic drink made in north-western France by mixing two thirds apple must (unfermented apple juice) to one third of one-year-old Calvados.. Considered a mistelle, it is generally consumed as an apéritif, or as an accompaniment to melon or blue cheese. The proportions are chosen to ensure that the resulting mixture has 16 to 18% alcohol by volume. It is also popular with a variety of desserts, including any chocolate or apple-based dishes. The resulting drink is mahogany in color with a bright luster, and has an overall smooth taste, often with vanilla, caramel and butterscotch flavors.
Bénédictine is a herbal liqueur beverage developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France. Every bottle of Bénédictine has the initials D.O.M. on the label, which stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo" ("To God, most good, most great"). The manufacturing process involves several distillations which are then blended. The recipe of Bénédictine is a commercial secret, but it is known to contain 27 herbs and spices, of which the following 21 are publicly known: Angelica, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, saffron, mace, fir cones, aloe, arnica, lemon balm, tea, thyme, coriander, clove, lemon, vanilla, orange peel, honey, red berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg - leaving 6 unknown ingredients.
Cidre Pays d’Auge is very balanced with a nice mix of both fruity and earthy notes. The balance and nice complexity make this a very enjoyable and drinkable French Cider and certainly one worth checking out. In the scheme of European family owned alcohol producers, 3 generations is practically a brand new business. The Drouin family has only been at it for 56 years, but have already formed a strong family dynasty with the 3rd generation already involved in the family’s orchards and distillery. Today, the 2nd and 3rd Generation are making world recognized and award-winning Calvados, cidres, and poires. This is their Cidre Pays d’Auge.
Port of Le Havre is France’s leading container port and the maritime gateway to European and world trade. Being a deep water seaport, and owing to an outstanding location on the West - European sea board, Port of Le Havre accommodates each year around 6,000 vessels among which are the world's largest container ships. Accessible 24/7 without any limitation of tide, Le Havre handles about 70 million tonnes of cargo per year with the shortest transit times. It is, for example, the third European port for traffic between Asia and Europe, with more than two calls per day on that destination. Port of Le Havre is the largest world port for the trade of wines and spirits: since 2014, over one billion bottles of wines & spirits have gone through the port every year, of which 90 % on export and 10% on import.
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