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Lyon's Place des Terreaux featured in December 2014 Newsletter.

Lyon is the capital of gastronomy in France and its third largest city and the center of the second biggest French metropolitan area in terms of population. Lyon might be big but you can see a lot in just a few hours. You don’t even need a car, your feet and public transportation will do.

Lyon is somewhat spread out for a French city but the great public transport makes up for this. The public transit system includes metro, tram, funicular and bus. There is even a local bike renting system - Vélo'v if you want to see the city on two wheels. Lyon has lots of bike only paths to get around and even a few that will take you along the Rhône River and you can leave the city if you want.

Here are some photos I took of during my walking tour of Lyon. I started at Perrache Train Station and ended at Lyon’s biggest train station Part-Dieu. I started in the morning around 9 and finished at about 2.30. It was a full day but I got to see a lot including both the Rhône and Saône Rivers and took the funicular up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. The Basilica is on the hill Fourvière. There is a park on part of Fourvière hill, Parc des Hauteurs and also Roman ruins.

I even walked around the Vieux Lyon, the old part of the city where I took the funicular up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon's 'Eiffel Tower'. The funicular leaves from Saint-Paul Station. The Basilica offers one, if not the best views of Lyon. The view includes Cathedral St-Jean. If you are walking in Lyon there are a few foot bridges including Passerelle du Palais de Justice that offers a view of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Other attractions I visited were Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon a hospital on the banks of the Rhône River, Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), Place Bellecour, ruins of Sainte Croix and I couldn’t help myself a Lyon Virgin Megastore. If you want to see the city without having to walk, there are tram lines as part of the city's transportation network.

Thanks to the TGV (high speed train) downtown Lyon is just two hours from downtown Paris. Lyon also has an international airport - Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport and is on France’s Route 66 the A6/A7 Autoroute du Soleil (Motorway of the Sun) that runs from Lyon to Marseille.

Car sharing: Lyon has two car sharing plans to choose from Autolib’ and Bluely.

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