Wednesday, 14 November 2012

An afternoon in Lyon

We finished up the paper fair at about lunchtime, having spent about three hours there. Not bad. And with the rest of the day suddenly at our disposal we hightailed it to the train station and jumped on the next train to Lyon.
Ahhh, Lyon. We loved Lyon! First things first though, it was lunch time, and we needed lunch. I'd asked my colleague for a lunch tip, and he gave us a beauty. Leon de Lyon. Warm, cozy, with mechanical penguins and bear, what's not to love? We had a very good hearty meal here, Mr E in heaven with his slow-cooked braised beef cheeks, and I fell in love with a potato-cheese bake like no other. I could have eaten ten of them. Super comforting food on an autumn day, perfect.
Recharged, we were ready to explore Lyon. We were at the far end of the old town (opposite end of the train station), so wove our way through the streets gradually making our way back to the station. We came across a fab bookstore, which has a great selection of silk-screen printed comics and art books. I was spoiled with a treat by Mr E of the fashion persuasion (thank you, Pou!), and I treated myself to an pretty little umbrella with an abundance of bows from Crozet Parapluies in a beautiful shopping gallery Passage de l'Argue. One thing's for sure, it'll get plenty of use in Amsterdam! I'm actually looking forward to the next weekend Pou and I can go for a wonder in wellies and umbrella. Nice.
The city was lively, and everyone super friendly. All the trees were amber and golden, the temperature was mild, even though it doesn't really look like it in these pictures - no hats or gloves required!
The city is lovely, flanked by two rivers and jam packed with beautiful buildings. The hours flew by and soon it was time to call it a day and head back to the train station, so we'd make our dinner reservation on time. Bye, bye, Lyon, see you again tomorrow...
Crozet: Parapluies & Cannes. 50 Passage de l'Argue, 69002 Lyon.

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