For the last few days, I’ve been in Lyon, the second largest city in France. It’s a really fresh city and rich in culture. And unlike Paris (so I’m told), it’s much easier to walk around. But it’s really no problem here anyway, because like a lot of the other cities in Europe they have a well established bike rental scheme (a big one – with over 11,000 bikes), and it’s free if you don’t use them for more than an hour. So Hoel, my couchsurfing host and I have been cycling around the city, but mainly for inter-pub transportation.
His gran makes the best food imaginable.
Anyhow there’s a nice old town here, with buildings dating back to the 15th century, casually lining the narrow streets. And on top of the hill, with a view over nearly the whole city, an impressively grand basilica.
There is a great music scene in Lyon. You really don’t have to look far to find some quality buskers on the street, with people crowding around, itching to buy their CD’s. There’s a lot of free music shows too, and excellent opportunities to see some free bands in bars and clubs.
Now lined up is a four or five day cycle to Paris, and due to time limits, sadly, it will be on a long and boring road. Here goes!