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    Lyon - a brief overview

    Prosperous, provincial Lyon is where the good life is. For the last thousand years, this well-situated Roman town has made the most of its location at the foot of the Alps and the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône Rivers. Thanks to its thriving commercial enterprises in printing, wine production, silk weaving and cinema, the city grew rich and culture

    thrived, resulting in a dynamic modern metropolis full of fantastic shopping, world-class dining, outstanding museums and layers and layers of history. So why not join the Lyonnais for a long weekend of shopping in gourmet markets, cycling down the river or ambling contently through centuries-old cobbled lanes.

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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

    20 place des Terreaux
    69001 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7210 1740
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    The stunning collection of sculpture and painting at this museum is second only to Paris. Wander through works by Rodin, Rubens, Matisse and Picasso after which you can relax in the cloister garden.

    Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    8 place de Fourvière
    69001 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7825 1301
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1900

    The glorious soaring turrets of Lyon’s main cathedral rise from the green hillside of Fourvière. Inside the décor is rich with gold mosaic, and you can marvel at fabulous views from the rooftop terraces.

    Vieux Lyon

    Vieux Lyon
    Lyon
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    Mixing medieval and Renaissance architecture, Lyon’s oldest neighbourhood is a UNESCO-listed gem. Its streets are riddled with traboules (secret passages) constructed by silk weavers who needed to transport their valuable wares safely in bad weather.

    Musées Gadagne

    1 place du Petit Collège
    69005 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7842 0361
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 1100-1830

    Learn more about Lyon’s illustrious history at this Renaissance banker’s mansion. Exhibits cover silk weaving, cinema and Lyon’s most popular puppet, Guignol.

    Maison des Canuts

    10-12 rue d’Ivry
    69004 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7828 6204
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat guided tours 1100 and 1530

    The hilltop neighbourhood of Croix-Rousse was the locus of Lyon’s silk-weaving business with thousands of factories quite literally spinning gold. Guided tours of this atelier give you an idea of the labour-intensive life of a silk weaver.

    Musée Lumière

    25 rue du Premier Film
    69008 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7878 1894
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1830

    As the hometown of Antoine Lumière, Lyon can claim to be the birthplace of cinema. Now exhibits tracing those heady early days are displayed in Lumière’s lovely art nouveau home.

    Parc de la Tête d’Or

    Boulevard des Belges
    69006 Lyon
    France
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0630-2030

    This enormous urban park was landscaped in the late 1860s and incorporates a lake, rose gardens, botanic gardens and a zoo.

    Musée des Tissus

    34 rue de la Charité
    69002 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7838 4200
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1730

    For a glimpse of some of the finest clothes that money could buy, head to this mansion house museum which showcases gorgeous silk gowns, Papal gowns and even Coptic robes.

    Berges du Rhône

    2 Quai Victor Augagneur
    69003 Lyon
    France
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    Walk, cycle or rollerblade down 5km (3 miles) of beautifully landscaped riverside along the left bank (Rive Gauche) of the Rhône. The path passes through woods and fields and is punctuated by tiered seating.

    Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine

    17 rue Cléberg
    69005 Lyon
    France
    Tel: 04 7238 4930
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Lyon’s role as the capital of the Three Gauls is explored through fascinating Roman and Gallic artefacts displayed in this museum next to the Roman theatre.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    You could spend a lifetime’s worth of holidays in France and still not feel as though you’d done the country justice. It remains the planet’s most visited tourist destination, meriting this lofty standing with an almost overwhelming mass of historical treasures, storybook landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasies. The teeming glam of Paris makes for one hell of a centrepiece, matching any city on the planet for ambiance, individuality and set-piece sights.

    But the real beauty of France, in many ways, lies in the seemingly endless list of travel treats elsewhere. The country’s natural gifts are striking, with white sands, hulking mountains and fecund swathes of rolling countryside. It’s a land that has inspired dreamers and drinkers, revolutionaries and artists, gastronomes and geniuses.

    Geography

    France, the largest country in Western Europe, is bordered to the northwest by the English Channel (La Manche), to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname “L’Hexagone”.

    The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements. France is home to an astonishing range of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne, and the flatter countryside of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

    The country has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline.

    Away from the mainland and Corsica, there are a number of French-administered overseas departments and regions outside of Europe. These include Guadeloupe (an island in the Caribbean), Réunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar), French Guiana (on the northeastern coast of South America), Martinique (another island in the Caribbean) and Mayotte (an island in the Mozambique Channel).

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    Key facts

    Population: 62814233

    Population Density (per sq km): 114

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton,which is spoken by some in Brittany. Many people speak at least some English.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1400-1800.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Trams, buses, a four-line metro and two funiculars are operated by TCL (www.tcl.fr). Purchase tickets from drivers or at machines at the metro. Single fare tickets are sold in books of 10 and there are unlimited travel passes valid for two hours. Ticket machines only take coins and you’ll need to time stamp tickets when you board.

    Taxis

    Taxis are available in front of the two main train stations: Gare de la Part-Dieu and Gare de Perrache. You can also pick them up at designated areas around town. They can be ordered from Allo Taxi (tel: 04 7828 2323) and Taxis Lyonnaise (tel: 04 7826 8181).

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    Nightlife in Lyon
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    Numerous city bistros transform into jam-packed bars with live music as the night wears on. Along Quai Victor-Augagneur, on the left bank of the Rhône,

    a string of barges also do duty as late-night bars while clubs cluster in the hip Gare des Brotteaux quarter.

    Le Transbordeur

    3 boulevard de Stalingrand
    69100 Villeurbanne, Lyon
    France
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    Epic international music concerts in a former water treatment plant.

    Hangar du Premier Film

    25 rue du Premier Film
    69008 Lyon
    France
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    This 19th-century cinema shed screens films of all eras and genres.

    Le Bec de Jazz

    19 rue Burdeau
    69001 Lyon
    France
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    Super cool underground jazz club in Croix-Rousse.

    Théâtre Le Guignol de Lyon

    2 rue Louis Carrand
    69005 Lyon
    France
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    Slapstick puppet theatre featuring Lyon’s famous hand puppet, Guignol.

    La Cave d'à Coté

    7 rue Pleney
    69001 Lyon
    France
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    Clubby wine bar where you can sink back into leather sofas.

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    Restaurants in Lyon
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    Renowned as France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon is home to a clutch of big-name chefs and an impressive restaurant line-up that

    encompasses French, fusion, international and traditional Lyonnais cuisine. The website www.lyonresto.com is an invaluable resource.

    Mère Brazier

    12 rue Royale
    69001 Lyon
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    A two-Michelin-starred art deco jewel with Chef Mathieu Viannay at the helm.

    Le Bouchon des Filles

    20 Rue Sergent Blandan
    69001 Lyon
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    The full three-course bouchon experience with house specials like Lyonnais dumplings.

    Le Jean-Moulin

    22 rue Gentil
    69002 Lyon
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    One of a new breed of cool, contemporary restaurants offering reasonably priced tasting menus.

    Le Canut et Les Gones

    29 rue Belfort
    69004 Lyon
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    A traditional bouchon (tavern) with a retro vibe and market-driven dining.

    Brasserie Chantecler

    151 boulevard de la Croix-Rousse
    69004 Lyon
    France
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    Price: Budget

    Hearty Lyonnais staples in a glass-and-steel structure in the midst of a market.

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    Red Carpet Antiques Festival

    1 – 4 October 2014

    Venue: Rue Auguste Comte.

    In early October, a huge red carpet is rolled out down the Rue Auguste Comte, in the antiques quarter of Lyon, to kick off the city’s annual antiques festival. With great offers on everything from furniture to jewellery, this is a great event for those after a bargain on high-quality antiques. Live music and plenty of food and drink add to the lively atmosphere.

    Festival of Lights

    5 – 8 December 2014
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    Venue: Various venues across Lyon

    Lyon’s Festival of Lights takes place during December when the people of Lyon place little candle lamps in their windows in honour of the Virgin Mary. The origins of the festival date back over 150 years to 1852 when a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill was to be inaugurated. The event had been postponed several times and nearly didn’t happen because a ferocious storm broke over the city. But it passed quickly and the people of Lyon spontaneously lit their homes with candles and came out into the streets to celebrate, and the Festival of Lights was born. The people of Lyon continue this visually spectacular tradition to this day. The modern festival is now a four-day event where contemporary light installations illuminate the city attracting thousands of visitors. As well as a time to celebrate, the festival also acts as a forum for communication with other cities in France and around the world where the issue of light in urban planning and town dwelling is discussed.

    World Pastry Cup

    26 – 27 January 2015

    Venue: Eurexpo, Parc des Expositions.

    Top dessert chefs compete to make the finest pastries and sweets.

    Bocuse d'Or

    27 – 28 January 2015
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    Venue: Eurexpo, Parc des Expositions

    World cuisine contest.

    Nuits Sonores - Panorama of Electronic Music

    13 – 17 May 2015

    Venue: Various venues across Lyon

    This relatively new festival is already establishing itself as something of an institution amongst Lyon’s clubbing crowd. Held each May, the Nuits Sonores – Panorama of Electronic Music brings together some of the biggest club DJs from around the world. Taking place at various venues around Lyon, there is a real festival ambiance that attracts thousands of clubbers, many of which have travelled from across Europe to join the party. The focus is on electronic dance music, but this inclusive festival embraces all musical forms ranging from hip hop to jazz. For those that wake to see daylight hours after a hard night clubbing, there is a wide variety of cultural events during the day ranging from special festival food programmes to film and animation screenings.

    Les Nuits de Fourvière

    3 June – 2 August 2015

    Venue: Open-air roman theatres of Fourvière.

    Musical and theatrical performances every summer evening.

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    With bags of character and highly distinct neighbourhoods offering everything from sleekly converted silk weaver

    factories to design hotels and campsites, accommodation in Lyon is great value for money.

    Cour des Loges

    2-8 rue du Boeuf
    69005 Lyon
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    A period property with heavily beamed ceilings, Italianate gardens and luxe furnishings.

    Villa Florentine

    25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy
    69005 Lyon
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    A 17th-century converted convent with a Michelin-starred restaurant and fabulous views.

    Citadines Presqu’île Lyon

    2 rue Thomassin
    69002 Lyon
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern apart-hotel with a minimal Scandinavian vibe and kitchen facilities in St Jean.

    Grand Hotel des Terreaux

    16 rue Lanterne
    69001 Lyon
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    Charming hotel with traditionally styled rooms in a vibrant part of town.

    Sejours & Affaires Park Avenue

    2 rue Madelaine Fourcade
    69007 Lyon
    France
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    Category: Budget

    Sleek apart-hotel with modern minimalist rooms on the Left Bank.

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    Climate and best time to visit Lyon

    Situated just inland from the Mediterranean coast and in the shadow of the Alps, Lyon’s microclimate is counter-intuitive. Winter is, in fact, the driest season and a lovely time to visit when the city is lit up by the Fête des Lumières. Spring and autumn see changeable weather and rain, but given the city’s focus of food autumn is another good time to go as markets groan under the weight of recent harvests. May is particularly lovely for strolling in the Old Town where balconies are festooned with blooming flowers.

    Climate & best time to visit France

    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months. 

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +33

    Telephone

    Card-only telephones are common, with pre-paid cards bought from post offices and tabacs; coin boxes are being phased out throughout the country. International calls are cheaper between Mon-Fri 1900-0800 and all day Sat-Sun. Calls can be received at all phone boxes showing the sign of a blue bell. Information in English and other languages can be accessed by pressing the button with a two-flags icon.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Public access is available at internet cafés in all large towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Lyon
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    Key Areas

    Lyon’s historic streets are sprinkled with small boutiques, vibrant food markets, art galleries, antique shops and quality souvenir shops, particularly in Vieux Lyon and Croix-Rousse. For high-street chains and high-end design stores, head to Presqu’Île particularly along Rue Président Édouard Herriot and between Place des Jacobins and Place Bellecour.

    Markets

    Food shopping in Lyon is an unmissable experience. The most famous food market is Les Halles de Lyon with over 60 stalls selling local produce. For atmospheric outdoor street markets, head to the Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse and Quai St Antoine in Presqu’Île.

    Shopping Centres

    Lyon’s large indoor shopping centre, the Centre Commercial La Part-Dieu, is located on the east bank of the Rhône in Part-Dieu.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Johannes Dr. Hartwig
    Infirmerie Protestante
    1 Chemin du Penthod
    69300 Caluire
    France
    Tel. +33-4-72007167

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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