Ringing in 2015 in Lyon

My favorite part of January was ringing in the New Year’s with some of my favorite people in France’s third largest city, Lyon. I first experienced this magnificent city back in December 2013, for La Fête des Lumières. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to head back to Lyon and experience the city at its normal, everyday pace.

They say that Lyon is a mini Paris, and I’m inclined to agree. The city itself is situated on the Rhône and Saône Rivers, yet the buildings resemble a colorful you-are-now-in-the-southern-part-of-France feel. My favorite part of Lyon was climbing to the top of the Basilica Fourvière for a magnificent view of the city.

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Lyon!

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Vieux Lyon

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On top of Basilica Fourvière

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Otherwise, we spent our time in Lyon relaxing in our amazing AirBnB apartment, indulging in American comfort food, bouncing from pub to pub, and strolling the cold, charming streets of Vieux Lyon. On New Years Eve, I found myself surrounded by the most random group of expats from around mostly the midwest US as well as the UK. Most of us had been in France for at least a few years, and I must say, it was a really great feeling to be surrounded by people I had just met, but with whom I shared both a culture and bond over a love of France and all things French. We sipped champagne, ate raclette, and danced the night away until 5 AM!

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My +1’s

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NYE Gang

Lyon is a great city in France. I recommend a visit to anyone looking for something a bit smaller than Paris, but still very French.

How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?

Bisous,

Dana

9 thoughts on “Ringing in 2015 in Lyon

  1. Unfortunately, I’ve never visited Lyon – during one holiday when I was living in France, I considered visiting Lyon. But instead, I went to Grenoble. Which I’m glad I did because I got to go cross-country skiing.

    As for my New Year’s Eve, I rang in the New Year at a party in Leeds 🙂

    1. Ohh I’ve always wanted to see Grenoble!! I went thru it once on the train and it looked amazing ! Go to Lyon if you get the chance, definitely.

      New Years in Leeds sounds great too! Bonne Année !

      1. Hopefully, you get the chance to visit Grenoble one day. I thought it was a very lovely city – it doesn’t hurt that snow-capped mountains overlooked just about every sight in the city. The museum(s) I visited in Grenoble were very informative 🙂 I cross-country skiied for the first time in my life in Chamrousse and that was a blast. Prior to putting on the skiis, I took a bus up to the mountains and I had quite a scenic bus ride that got me excited about skiing.

        Actually, I did pass through Lyon once on train – en route to Mulhouse from Marseille. Oh I almost forgot, I once saw Olympique Lyonnais (the football side) play in New Jersey.

  2. I have to say, I have really loved Lyon every time I’ve visited, although I’ve never been there more than a day (it’s a great day trip from Chambery!). It really does feel to me like a cozier, more mountain-y version of Paris. I’m hoping to go back soon!!

  3. Glad you got to spend some time soaking up the atmosphere in old Lyon. So it’s is now officially number 3? In all the years I lived there, Lyon battled with Marseille as France’s second biggest city… We rang in the New Year in Toronto, with a spectacular view of the city from my brother’s 41st floor condo. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Im not sure! I’ve read different things, but i thought Marseille was number 2! I’ll have to check my sources again.

      Toronto sounds wonderful. I hope to be with family next year as well. Two Christmases away is too many!
      Bonne année!

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