25 Reasons to Choose Lyon Over Paris In Pictures

25 Reasons to Choose Lyon Over Paris In Pictures

So this time I will not say that much but I will show more…MY TOP 25 REASONS TO CHOOSE LYON OVER PARIS in pictures!

1. Lyon has Paul Bocuse and Paris doesn’t! Lyon is truly the capital of the French cuisine.

Paul Bocuse
Paul Bocuse

2. Lyon has bouchons and Paris doesn’t! Only 20 bouchons are officially certified and deemed “authentic”. All are in Lyon!

Bouchon
Bouchon

3. Lyon has The Festival of Lights and Paris doesnt! And the Fete de Lumiere-unmissable & unique and truly amazing 4 days longevent event gathering visitors from all over the world.

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights

4. Lyon is much cheaper than Paris! That’s a fact!

Paris is expensive
Paris is expensive

5. Lyon has beautiful historic part – Vieux-Lyon which is classified as the Unesco Site. Its great competition to Paris monuments.

Vieux Lyon
Vieux Lyon

6. Lyon has the modern part (Confluence district) which cannot be replicated even by Paris. It’s now one of the most sustainable and exemplary districts in Europe.

Modern Lyon Confluence
Modern Lyon Confluence

7. Bike wherever you want in Lyon. Exactly there are about 4,000 bikes at 340 stations as a symbol of the well developed Vélo’v system.

Velo In Lyon
Velo’v In Lyon

8. Lyon has two rivers and Paris only one! Rhône & Saone which meet together in the confluence district.

Two rivers at Confluence
Two rivers at Confluence

9. People! Paris is very international and Lyon is very French!So..nicer, more polite, only(ok, mostly) French speaking, helful and so funny…

10. Parcs…as Lyon has an amazing Tête d’Or Park. It covers 105 hectares with the 16-hectare lake, has a free zoo and botanical garden.

Tête d'Or Park
Tête d’Or Park

11. The weather in Lyon is very good. In contrary to polluted Paris, Lyon gets many clear & very blue sky days!

The blue sky & amazing light in Lyon
The blue sky & amazing weather in Lyon

12. Lyon is a place where you will take very good photos. Thanks to the very blue sky, mountainous landscape, the beautiful reflection in the river, the light is very good for all the photos. Paris in contrary is too crowded to get good photos.

Such a reflection in the river
Such a reflection in the river

13. The historical heritage with the Gallo-Roman theatre and the roman influences. The city was founded on October 9, 43 B.C., by a Roman legate, on Fourvière Hill.

Gallo-Roman theatre
Gallo-Roman theatre

14. Lyon has such a hill and Paris…has a different one! It has not only a simple one hill but many and the main one is Fourvière Hill – a place where the city was born.IMG_079415. Paris has Notre Dame Cathedral but Lyon has its own Notre Dame De Fourviere. It is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Fourvière hill

Notre Dame De Fourviere
Notre Dame De Fourviere

16. Paris has its Eiffel but Lyon has La Tour Métallique the highest point and in fact higher than the Eiffel Tower at its summit.

La Tour Métallique
La Tour Métallique

17. Lyon has Guignol and Paris doesn’t! GUIGNOL, the French Mr. Punch, the symbol of Lyon humor.Lyon_Guignol_et_Gnafron_marionnette_cie_D.Streble_2_

18. Lyon has it! The Funicular of Lyon which is a network of funicular railways operating till today! You can get a ride up to the Fourvière hill.

Funicular railways
Funicular railways

19. Paris doesn’t have it and Lyon has not one but even 9 amazing city creations points with more than sixty CitéCréation frescos. And one more modern and the only one worldwide project to comeThe Light Fresco soon in Lyon20. It is not Paris but Lyon where the movies have been invented. A big thank you to Auguste and Louis Lumiere

 

Auguste and Louis Lumiere
Auguste and Louis Lumiere

21. Paris is poor in this aspect and Lyon very rich! Lyon is the gateway to the Beaujolais viticultural region.

Beaujolais viticultural region
Beaujolais viticultural region

22. Lyon has Alps (nearby) and Paris doesn’t! Closer & cheaper & easier!

Apls near Lyon
Alps near Lyon

23. Lyon has about 230 Traboules and Paris doesn’t have a single one! Check here as you can plan a walk to discover many hidden ones, especially in Vieux Lyon and Croix Rousse

Traboules
Traboules

24. Paris might be a Capital of France but Lyon has more capital’s titles! Lyon is a Capital of French Cuisine; it is a Capital of Resistance. It is also the French Capital of “trompe l’œil” walls and Capital of Gaul but also Capital of Lights

Centre d'histoire de resistance
Centre d’histoire de resistance

25. Not worse the Paris anymore! Finally Lyon got more convienent & cheaper Eurostar connections to London and direct & cheap easyjet flights to Poland

Cheap transport deals
Cheap transport deals

So does it make sense to you? Wouldn’t you now agree that Lyon should be the first choice of destination when you want to explore France!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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