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Main Attractions
Parc de la Tete d'or
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.
La Croix-Rousse
Place Bellecour
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Musée des Beaux Arts
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.
Foods You Must Try In Lyon
Cervelle de Canut
Cervelle de Canut is a light cheese dip made of fromage blanc, seasoned with chopped herbs, shallots, salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar. It is the most traditional Lyonnais cheese and a specialty of Lyon. Its name literally means "silk worker's brain", after the canuts, the silk workers of 19th-century Lyon. Its name is thought to reflect the low opinion the affluent in Lyon had of the weavers.

Quenelle is a mixture of creamed fish, chicken, or meat, sometimes combined with breadcrumbs, with a light egg binding. Combined with some fat, light egg and breadcrumbs they are poached in boiling water and then baked in the oven. They are best served with the traditional sauce. In Lyon, this usually takes the form of a pike quenelle aver sauce crevasses (crayfish sauce). 

Coussin de Lyon
Coussin de Lyon is a traditional sweet Lyonnais specialty. It is a sweet specialty of Lyon, France composed of chocolate and marzipan. This tidbit is a piece of pale green marzipan, with dark green netting, filled with a chocolate ganache flavored with curaçao liqueur. It is made by the Lyonnais chocolatier Voisin.

Salade Lyonnaise
Hailing from Lyon, Salade Lyonnaise is a French bistro standard, and gathers a delectable trio of bitter frisée, runny poached egg, and crisp lardons. The salad gets an extra hit of pork flavor from emulsifying the vinaigrette with bacon fat; breaking the yolks into the greens adds even more richness.

Pralines are sweet, sugar-coated, and spectacularly pink tiny caramelised almonds. Pralines are a popular sweet treat found across France, but Lyon’s fluorescent pink sugary shells immediately catch the eye of passers-by. While pralines are popular in chocolate, the Lyonnais have found many ways to add a touch of colour to various recipes. They are also the base of many Lyonnais cakes and desserts.
Pot au Feu
Pot au feu is a stew of beef meats (oxtail or marrow bone) combined with turnips, potatoes, leeks, celery and carrots. It is the quintessence of French family cuisine, it is the most celebrated dish in France, and honors the tables of the rich and poor alike. Traditionally, the meat and the vegetables are served with coarse salt and strong Dijon mustard, horseradish sauce, and sometimes also with gherkins pickled in vinegar.

Tablier de Sapeur
Tablier de sapeur iis a Lyonnais speciality dish make from beef tripe. The tripe is boiled in a court-bouillon, marinated in white wine, then covered in breadcrumbs and fried. It is usually served with a sauce gribiche with chives added and steamed potatoes. Tablier de sapeur is one of the most common dishes in the bouchons of Lyon.
Gratin Dauphinois
Gratin Dauphinois is a potatoe gratin; and it’s a very typical Lyonnais dish made of thinly sliced and layered potatoes and cream, cooked in a buttered dish rubbed with garlic. This is a true Lyonnaise dish. And it is very rich. A small portion is very filling.

Coq au Vin
Coq au vin is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic. A red Burgundy wine is typically used, though many regions of France make variants using local varietals, such as coq au vin jaune (Jura), coq au Riesling (Alsace), coq au pourpre or coq au violet (Beaujolais nouveau), coq au Champagne, etc.

Andouillette is a coarse-grained sausage made with pork (or occasionally veal), pepper, wine, onions, and seasonings. True andouillette is rarely seen outside France.  Their popularity has remained constant over the last few centuries. Lyon has been the center of a fan club which rates restaurants based on the quality of their andouillettes.

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Saône River
Saône River is a right tributary of the Rhône, rising at Vioménil in the Vosges department and joining the Rhône in Lyon, just south of the Presqu'île. The name 'Saône' derives from that of the Gallic river goddess Souconna, which has also been connected with a local Celtic tribe, the Sequanes. The Saône is navigable from its confluence with the Coney at Corre in the north of the département Haute-Saône all the way to its confluence with the Rhône (itself a navigable river) at La Mulatière, in Lyon.

La Relève Cuvée
La Relève Cuvée is a well-rounded wine made with 30-year vines planted with Syrah grapes which adds fruity and species notes. It’s a long-keeping wine aged in recent barrels for 18 months. Jeanne Gaillard (St Joseph winemaker). Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France. Syrah has developed such a distinct personality that it is essentially regarded as a distinct variety. 

Beaujolais Nouveau
Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" used to see heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. The wine is made using carbonic maceration, whole berry anaerobic fermentation which emphasizes fruit flavors without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.

Côtes du Rhône
Côtes du Rhône are the basic AOC wines of the Rhône region, and exist as red, white and rosé wines, generally dominated by Grenache for reds and rosés, or Grenache blanc for whites. The main grape variety (Grenache noir) must make up at least 40% of the blend for wines from south of Montélimar.
The supplementary grape varieties (Mourvèdre and Syrah) must together make up at least 15% of the blend.
Famous Waterways in Lyon
Rhône River
Rhône River is one of the major rivers of Europe and has twice the average discharge of the Loire (which is the longest French river), rising in the Rhone Glacier in the Swiss Alps at the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais, passing through Lake Geneva and running through southeastern France. At Arles, near its mouth on the Mediterranean Sea, the river divides into two branches, known as the Great Rhône (French: Le Grand Rhône) and the Little Rhône (Le Petit Rhône).

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