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.
On top of Basilica Fourvière
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!
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?