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As the gastronomy capital of the world, Lyon is the third biggest city and the second biggest metropolitan area in France. As part of the Rhone-Alpes region of the country, Lyon is considered the capital or major city in this region. Deeply enriched with history and culture, Lyon is known as the most popular city in France for its exquisite French cuisine and extensive selection of fine French wines. As one of the largest cultural hubs in France, Lyon is also considered the birthplace of traditional cinema. Thus, there are numerous reasons as to why you would want to consider traveling to Lyon for your next family or couple's vacation.

Popular Attractions in Lyon

Although Paris is the largest city in France and also known as the city of lights, the name "Lyon" actually means "the city of lights." Interestingly, this name was given to Paris because of its size and the scenic views that you can get from the world renowned Eiffel Tower. However, Lyon is most famous for its annual Festival of Lights which takes place every year in the month of December, just a few weeks before the Christmas holidays. One of the most popular attraction in Lyon is the Fourviere Basilica. This beautiful church is situation at the top of the hill and overlooks the city of Lyon. At night, this church is also illuminated with lights of various colours. If you wish to visit during the period of the Festival of Lights, you will not want to miss the remarkable light shows that take place at the church. However, there are hundreds of light shows and displays that are put on throughout different parts of the city. Although this may be a colder time of year, the temperature is moderately cold so you will hardly notice the drop in temperature as you walk around to take in all of the unforgettable light shows.

Meet the Locals in Lyon

Although the city of Lyon consists of about 500,000 inhabitants, the city itself extends to include smaller and less urban areas that are considered a part of the metropolitan area. With approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants in the city of Lyon and surrounding area, it is more than likely that you will be able to meet some of the locals. Since Lyon is the gastronomy capital of the world, you will see that you have plenty of occasions to go out to a bar, restaurant, cafe, or fusion of all three of these types of establishments. Within the walls of these places, you will find the warm welcoming that most people are not expecting to find in France. In fact, the people of France are generally considered less welcoming or open; however, Lyon is an exception to this general perception of the French. Instead, you will find plenty of opportunities to socialize with the locals in Lyon. Moreover, Lyon is also one of the largest cities for international student and travelers in France. Thus, you can expect to meet people from various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and Australia. As the result of such a mix of people and cultures, there are limitless opportunities to learn from those that you encounter during your travels in this remarkably unique French city.


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