Vacances de Noël Recap #2: Lyon, Part 2

Thanks for checking back in for part two of my Vacances de Noël Recap of Lyon! You can find my recap of part 1 here.


Day 3: Le vendredi, 29 décembre 2017

My third day in Lyon started out early (though not as early as the day before!) with breakfast at the hostel. I knew the weather would be less than stellar on this day, so I made Friday my official museum-visiting day!

I started the morning by walking to the Vieux Lyon to go to the Musée de Cinema et Miniatures. I ended up getting there way too early (ie, an hour before it opened) and decided to make the trek up the hill to visit the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière.

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I visited the Basilica during my first trip to Lyon with T and L, but it was nice to be up there so early in the day and sans tourists. Plus, you can’t really complain about a view like that.

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I made my way inside the Basilica and even though it wasn’t my first time inside, it still took my breath away. I wish the pictures did it justice; it is one of those places that you just have to see for yourself to get the full effect.

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After 15 minutes or so in the church, I made my way back down the hill and back to Vieux Lyon for the Musée de Cinema et Miniatures.

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Now, I am absolutely not a movie person-I’d so much rather watch a series than sit through a film-but the museum was SO WORTH IT. I found it incredibly interesting and 95% of the props/costumes/movie things in the museum are from American/English movies and series, so it was a lot of stuff I recognized. I took tons of pictures, but here are just a few of the thousands of things they have there.

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There are also two whole floors of miniatures, which were incredible to look at! There are so many intricate details in some of them; it’s amazing to think about all the work that must go into each miniature scene (A fun fact from the museum: each miniature can take between 6-14 months to construct from conception to the final product!).

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After the museum, I knew that I was going to treat myself to a nice lunch in Vieux Lyon, so I headed to Les Pampres Rouges and snagged a table before the lunch rush. The meal was delicious and perfectly lyonnaise!

Salade Lyonnaise-Boeuf Bourguignon-Tarte Praline

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After my incredibly filling lunch, I headed to my second museum of the day: Le Musée des Beaux-Arts. I really loved it!

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There were tons of things to see and even without visiting the extra exhibition, I spent nearly 2 1/2 hours there. I always feel weird about taking pictures in an art museum, but here is a picture of one of my favorite pieces of the afternoon.

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With the little bit of daylight I had left after the museum, I decided to walk up to the Quartier de la Croix Rouge just to explore. There are tons of murals on the buildings in this section of Lyon and I would love to go back when there is more light in order to see them all! I really loved the vibe of the Croix Rouge-it felt quite diverse, which is something I don’t always feel in France.

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I wandered around for a bit and made my way back in the direction of the hostel. I visited Monoprix to pick up some basics for dinner, then returned for the night to relax, eat, and talk with some of my fellow travelers.

Day 4: Le samedi 30 décembre 2017

I was a bit “lazier” on Saturday morning but I was still out and walking around before 9h30. It was a bit bizarre to be in Vieux Lyon so early because there was nobody out walking around; the street was completely clear!

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My one and only goal for Saturday was to eat a brioche aux pralines, so that is exactly what I did for breakfast.

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Honestly, my body and my wallet are so lucky I don’t live in Lyon because if I did, neither of them would be pleased with me. If I could eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life without any repercussions, I would be a happy camper 🙂

I had a bit of time before I needed to check out from the hostel, so I meandered around the area taking pictures before I returned.

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I checked out of the hostel just before 11 but given that my train wasn’t until 15h30, I hung out in the coffee shop area and ate lunch/got some work done before walking to the train station and heading to my next stop: Beaune, France!


Thanks for reading my second vacation recap post and check back tomorrow for the final recap of Beaune!

Until next time,

Michaela

4 thoughts on “Vacances de Noël Recap #2: Lyon, Part 2

  1. Phillip and Lynn Herr says:

    WOW! Thrilled and excited seeing your photos and experiences. You are the happiest most positive person, real pleasure to enjoy your travels with you.
    Love Phil & Lynn Herr

    Liked by 1 person

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