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CNN profiles benefits of Lyon over Paris

I love Paris and Lyon, having lived in both cities. I know the advantages and disadvantages that come with everyday living there. Paris retains an aura of excitement for some, but Lyon certainly has a lot to offer in terms of quality of life for French and expats, on a smaller scale. Lyon remains relatively unknown, though, compared to its big brother Paris.

Which is why I’m glad to see CNN recently publish a profile of the city and its advantages.

You can read the article here, titled “8 ways Lyon outshines Paris”. Be sure to scroll through the images and captions as well as the article itself. I personally think Notre Dame de Paris is more impressive (at least in history) than the one in Lyon, but besides that I agree that there is a lot to discover in Lyon.

What do you think of Lyon?

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Lyon’s Fête des Lumières Dec. 6-9

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Lyon Fourviere Lumieres

Bonjour!

The annual famous light festival in Lyon, France, Fête des Lumières, takes place this December 6th thru December 9th, 2012.

It is really a FANTASTIC show. The amazing aspect of the spectacle itself varies according to year, but you won’t regret going. You may only regret the crowds. I’ve been the past 5 festivals and the population of Lyon doubles to almost 4 million during the long weekend.

You can find out more on their Facebook page and the official site. The site is also available in English. The site has useful information on different shows around the city and times.

Travel info
-You’ll want to check out the TCL Lyon public transport system website for travel updates.

-The regional train system, TER Rhone-Alpes, has information on train schedules as well.

-If you’re taking a TGV via SNCF, check out the SNCF website “Gares en Mouvement” to see about train arrivals and departures. They also have tips for visits to Lyon.

-If you’re flying in, the Aeroports de Lyon website has information.

-Hotels are usually booked this weekend months in advance. Check out classifieds or apartment sharing websites at this point.

It’s truly a wonderful festival, and I love the city of Lyon. Check out my post from last year.

Bonne visite !

French airport strikes continue, though will likely improve

December 20th, 2011 1 comment

Great news out of France for travelers (including me tomorrow):

Several security service teams working at airports around France are striking to receive more benefits and a pay raise.

This has affected Lyon St. Exupéry Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy CDG), Toulouse and this may soon expand to Nice, Bâle-Mulhouse (Basel-Mulhouse) and Rennes. Video below.

The Aéroports de Paris website states the following at 3pm today: “Paris-CDG: Industrial action by security companies, 3 pm update Paris-CDG Terminal 2 : 15 mn wait time at security checks, up to 60 mn at peak times. No flight cancellations. Paris-Orly : normal situation.”

Normally the strikes before were also in terminals 1 and 3 of CDG. The Lyon website says strikes should continue to cause delays today but should not result in cancellations. To be confirmed.

Now the French government is looking into having a law obliging airports to have minimum service during strikes. They’ve also named 2 official mediators to try to resolve the crisis.

For the latest updates, call your airline and please check the respective airport websites and France 24 for latest information.

I’ll be writing a bit less during the holidays. Safe travels and Happy Holidays!

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières this weekend

December 9th, 2011 No comments

The annual Fête des Lumières in the wonderful city of Lyon, France takes place this weekend. I’ve been the past four years and will be there again this weekend, along with millions of other visitors (in addition to the local Lyon area population of 1.8 million or so).

For more information on this great event, check out This French Life, The Daily Mail UK’s great article, and of course the official site.

Enjoy!

The Promenade Plantée in Paris

November 7th, 2011 1 comment

My fellow blogger Lucy wrote this great post on her blog about a well-known pathway among Parisians but little known among tourists. It is similar New York’s High Line though predates it, and as I live nearby in the 12th arrondissement, I can tell you it’s great for walks, strolls and runs. There are also many shops and boutiques under the archways of the old viaduct. Where to find it? You can find more here, even more in the French version, a walking guide in French and a jogging map.

It is near Gare de Lyon and runs from Château de Vincennces to near the Bastille in east Paris. Some metro stations nearby for access: Montgallet, Daumesnil, Gare de Lyon (though Montgallet is probably the best).

Lucy has great pictures on her site. UPDATE: The Boston Globe also has an excellent article.

Below one picture of the Jardin de Reuilly and one from the Promenade. There is a great YouTube video tour of the whole Promenade here (also embedded below).

The Euro-trip is still “a rite of passage”

I loved this BBC News look into interrailing around Europe (from a British perspective). I know that as a student in Angers, France from 2004 to 2005, and since then, I’ve been able to visit many countries in Europe. But the Angers year was more akin to backpacking with friends and staying in hostels. There is excitement, new discoveries, self-reflection, learning about new cultures and languages, accompanied by the occasional logistic problem, cultural barrier, perhaps pickpockets…but it’s all part of the adventure.

If you’re lucky enough to do it, go for it.

This particular article talks about the differences (modern technology, nicer hostels, the Euro…) that have changed backpacking today…but much remains the same. My favorite passage is below. What are your experiences in traveling Europe this way?

“…The essence of an interrailer is constant, Matthias Schwender, who runs an independent hostel in Prague, said to me.

“Someone who is independent-minded, that can connect to other people, that is culturally aware, wants to learn about new cultures and cities, they want to know where the locals go. They know the value of taking some time off in your life for travelling.”

Another interrailer, Titi, argued that you learn about Europe’s tumultuous history by being there, understanding what happened, rather than reading about it in books.

Expatica: Exploring Paris First arrondissement

Expatica has an interesting historical and cultural peak by Thirza Vallois into the 1e arrondissement (1st arrondissement) of Paris.

Some excerpts below. Happy reading!

Around and about Paris: The First arrondissement
26/07/2011

As tourists snake their way to the Louvre Pyramid, or pack beneath, you may crave some relief in the nearby gardens of the Palais Royal, an arcaded haven of tranquillity, especially in the early hours of the morning. Expert Thirza Vallois offers a historical tour.

Between 1784 and 1830, on the other hand, the Palais Royal was the bustling centre of both intellectual and dissolute Paris. Cafés, restaurants, game-houses and brothels flourished under its arcades.

Whores and courtesans came here from all over Paris ‘faire le Palais’, as the saying went, among them the Pompadour’s mother. No wonder Casanova rushed here upon his arrival in Paris.

Palais Royal: Construction

In the late 18th century, the landlord of the palace was Philippe d’Orléans. Deep in debt, he built the arcades with shops running beneath as a rental business, drawing substantial profits in particular from the gambling houses and the brothels.

The newly converted Palais Royal was opened in 1784 to the satisfaction of all. The Palais Royal was the intellectual centre of the capital, studded with cafés where such prominent figures as Diderot used to sup and where dangerous new ideas circulated…

Christmas events in Paris, Coldplay’s new Christmas song

December 15th, 2010 No comments

Tis the season, n’est-ce pas ? In addition to the events listed by American Clubs of France, you can find more events in Paris for the holidays at this website.

According to Expatica:

“The new comprehensive english speaking guide on what’s on in Paris during Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Where to eat, special Christmas menu; nightclubs for the best New Year’s Eve or celebrate at the theatre, ballet, opera, cabaret or burlesque: find the most amazing and unique Christmas gift with a Parisian flavour and much much more! Find out a new tip every day from now until Christmas 2010.”

One of the most helpful posts is perhaps the list of illuminated neighborhoods in Paris (see below).

Joyeuses fêtes !

Neighborhoods illuminated:

Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1
Rue Montorgueil, Passage des Panoramas, Paris 2e
Old streets of the Temple and Britain, Paris 3e
Rue Saint-Paul and Rambuteau, Paris 4e
Rue Mouffetard, Place de l’Eglise Saint-Médard and place of Contrescarpe, Paris 5e
Boulevard and the Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Rue du Dragon, Paris 6e
Rue de Grenelle and Boulevard Raspail, Paris 7
Carré de Castellane, rue Royale and François 1er, Paris 8th
Streets and Vignon Caumartin, Paris 9e
Marché Saint-Quentin and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris 10e
Rue Oberkampf Paris 11e
Rue de Charenton and the Viaduc des Arts, Paris 12e
Avenue des Gobelins and Italy, Paris 13e
Streets of Alesia, Daguerre, and Brézin Didot, Paris 14e
Lecourbe streets and Cambronne, Paris 15e
Streets Duret, Lesueur, Pergolesi, des Belles Feuilles, Annunciation and Avenue de Passy, Paris 16e
Rue de Courcelles, Levis, Poncelet and avenue des Ternes, Paris 17e
Place and Rue des Abbesses, rue Lepic and High Montmartre, Paris 18e
Secretan Street and Avenue of Flanders, Paris 19e
Rue de Belleville, Jordan and the Pyrenees, Paris 20e …

Lastly, I leave you with my new favorite Christmas song, “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay, filmed in London.

35 French sites classified by UNESCO as “World Heritage”

November 24th, 2010 5 comments

France24 lists the 35 sites around France that appear in UNESCO’s World Heritage site list. They include Mont St. Michel, the historic centers of Lyon & Avignon, Pont du Gard, the banks of the Seine in Paris, Fontainebleau, Versailles and Chartres, among other famous sites. The map below is from the original article on France24. All the more reason to visit this beautiful country!

France in November guide

November 9th, 2010 1 comment

Besides Thanksgiving, there are many helpful tips on this page by About.com such as travel and weather advice, what to pack and major events. In order to be concise, I only put the first sentence below, so check out the actualy site for all the information…safe travels!

France Travel in November
Autumn Leaves, Christmas Markets and Low Prices Selling Points for Visiting
From Kelby Carr, former About.com Guide

“November is an amazing and enchanting time to visit France. There are countless festivals and events to herald the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine…”

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