As Lyon is the food capital of France, I planned to post a photo gallery showing off all the glorious French food we consumed during the trip like terrine, quenelles and tête-de-veau. I also intended to write a review of every bouchon (traditional Lyonnaise restaurant) we visited, selfishly so I could always go back and reread about each delicious meal. Instead, we filled our time eating Vietnamese, Lebanese and countless doner kebabs. We couldn’t help it – after seven weeks of travel through Europe, we just wanted something ethnic. Zero regrets; each meal hit the spot.
Like Paris, there are beautiful buildings around every corner in Lyon. We had a plan to walk through the heart of Presqu’île (the heart of the city which sits on its own island flanked by the Rhône and Saône Rivers) over to the Old City. It took longer than we thought only because there were so many stops to take pictures and streets to happily get lost in.
My favorite part of walking through Lyon was coming across these giant murals painted on the walls of otherwise non-descript buildings. From top to bottom, each wall is painted with a theme and any functioning window or door is painted to blend in with the scene. It’s quite amazing given the scale of these walls and how much detail is put into the artwork. Apologies for the closeup images below, they are cropped from the main image so they're a bit blurry or distorted.