Lyon is a city synonymous with the silk industry, the French
Resistance and a reputation as the 'gastronomic capital of the
world', and is located between the Rhone and the Sa?´ne rivers in
the south west of France. Lyon is home to some of the finest
restaurants and chefs in the country and forms the second largest
metropolitan area in France after Paris.
This gastronomic wonder's culinary history came about in the
first half of the 20th century when many bourgeois families fired
their in-house cooks. These women went on to revolutionise Lyon's
cuisine by setting up their own restaurants and cooking for some of
the finest French dignitaries of their time.
Besides the many restaurants, bistros and caf?Šs that entice
people to this endearing city, Lyon boasts three large city parks,
some 30 museums and countless monuments symbolising Lyon's
development through the ages. It is home to the world famous Lyon
Opera House, whose orchestra's reputation has travelled far beyond
UNESCO lists Lyon as a World Heritage site due to its rich and
diverse 2,000-year-old history, evident in the awe-inspiring
Romanesque architecture and medieval buildings in Old Lyon,
including the Primatiale St-Jean cathedral, and the 16th-century
H?´tel du Chamarier.
To the west, Fourviere Hill offers panoramic views of the city,
and its own attractions include the Ancient Theatre of Fourvi?¨re,
and the Mus?Še de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine.
By day Lyon can be viewed by boat on a trip down its rivers and
at night dinner cruises add an element of fantasy to the city. Lyon
is a city rich in food, history and culture, making it a hidden
treasure in the French landscape and living up to its Roman name,
Lugdunum, meaning 'the hill of light'.