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Sunday, August 20, 2017

11 things to do in Lyon - 11 lucruri de facut in Lyon

Lyon - the city located at Rhone's and Saone's confluence has plenty of amazing experiences to offer. It's a great place to find out everything about the French lifestyle. You've already seen in the movies and it's all as you imaigine: the way they have breakfast, the croissants, the baguettes, women in dresses riding bicycles, people smiling on the streets for no reason. 

Lyon - orasul ce se afla la confluenta fluviilor Rhone si Saone are o multime de experiente de oferit. Eu un loc minunat pentru a afla totul despre stilul de viata francez. L-ati vazut deja in filme si este totul exact cum va imaginati: felul in care iau micul dejun, croasantele, baghetele, femei in rochii ce se dau pe bicicleta, oameni ce zambesc fara motiv pe strada.


1. The city is dominated by the Notre-Dame Basilica built on Fourviere hill, reaching over 300 metres at its peak. The basilica dates from the XIIth ccentury and is remarkalbe for its mosaics and stained glass windows. Dedicated to Virgin Mary, there is a statue that watches over the city and its inhabitants. From here, you have a beautiful view of the city and it's a spot where tourists take pictures. 
Near the basilica there is a miniature Eiffel tower which is only 80 metres high and which is currently used as a TV relly. 

Orasul e dominat de Basilica Notre-Dame de pe dealul Fourviere, al carei varf  depaseste 300 de metri. Dateaza din secolul XII si se remarca prin mozaicurile si vitraliile sale. Dedicata Fecioarei Maria, are si o statuie care vegheaza deasupra orasului si a locuitorilor sai. De aici, aveti o vedere superba a orasului si un loc unde turistii fac fotografii. 
Langa catedrala veti vedea un turn Eiffel in miniatura care are doar 80 de metri si este folosit ca un releu de televiziune. 


2. Below the basilica stands Cathedrale Saint Jean-Baptiste. Here you will find a perfectly working astronomic horologe dating from 1379. Back then, it was used for calling canons to prayer. Now, it is admired for the moving figurines and music that start playing at 2 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM.

Mai jos de bazilica este Catedrala Saint Jean-Baptiste. Aici veti gasi un orologiu astronomic perfect functional care dateaza din 1379. Pe atunci, era folosit pentru a chema canonii la rugaciune. Acum, este admirat pentru figurinele care se misca si muzica ce canta la 2 PM, 3 PM si 4 PM.


3. On the other side of the Saone, you can live the experience of a French market on weekend mornings. A large variety of local specialities, bakery products, fruits and vegetables will steal your eyes and will make your mouth water. Here you will have the oportunity to walk by the locals who are shopping and fit in a small part of their lives. 

Pe cealalta parte a Saonei, puteti trai experienta pietei franceze in diminetile de weekend. O mare varietate de specialitati locale, produse de panificatie, fructe si legume va vor fura ochii si va vor face gura sa saliveze. Aici veti avea oportunitatea sa va plimbati impreuna cu localnicii la cumparaturi si sa va integrati intr-o mica parte din viata lor.


4. Between the Rhone and the Saone is the beautiful Place Bellecour, one of the biggest squares in Europe. A splendid statue of Louis the XIVth stands in the centre of the square. At the base of this statues, there are the statues of Rhone and Saone. 

Intre Rhone si Saone este frumoasa Piata Bellecour, una dintre cele mai mari piete din Europa. O statuie superba a lui Louis al XIV-lea sta in centrul pietei. La bazele statuii sunt statuile lui Rhone si a lui Saone.


5. Le musee des Beaux-Arts - the arts museum or Saint Pierre Palace is nicknamed 'Petit Louvre' (small Louvre). Even if you don't want to visit the museum, it's worth entering the inner courtyard and admire its beauty. 

Le musee des Beaux-Arts -  muzeul de arta sau Palatul Saint Pierre este numit si 'Petit Louvre' (micul Louvre). Chiar daca nu vreti sa vizitati muzeul, merita sa intrati in curtea interioara pentru a-i admira frumusetea.


6. Hotel de Ville - the city hall and the beautiful Place des Terreaux in front of it are some other spots you shouldn't miss. You can admire this building's great architecture while sipping a cold drink on one of the terraces in the square. 

Hotel de Ville - primaria si frumoasa Piata Terreaux din fata ei sunt alte locuri ce merita sa le vedeti. Puteti admira arhitectura acestei cladiri in timp ce sorbiti dintr-o bautura rece pe una dintre terasele din piata.  


7. Go for a walk in Parc de la Tete d'Or. An excellent location where you can spend nearly a whole day. The entrance is free and the park includes a big botanical garden, a zoo, a fantastic rose garden, a lake and plenty of enormous alleys where you can wander. You can have picnic on the grass or you can admire the squirrels that come down from the trees just to enchant you with their grace.   

Faceti o plimbare in Parc de la Tete d'Or. O locatie exceleta unde puteti petrece aproape o zi intreaga. Intrarea e gratuita si parcul include o gradina botanica mare, o gradina zoo, o gradina de trandafiri fantastica, un lac si o multime de alei enorme pe care va puteti plimba. Puteti lua picnicul pe iarba sau puteti admira veveritele ce coboara din pomi doar pentru a va incanta cu gratia lor. 


8. Escape in the nature on L'Ile Barbe. Cross the bridge Pont d'Ile Barbe over the Saone to get away from the city. Walk around and admire the old buildings, some of them unhabited, others habited by the richest people in Lyon. You will also find parks with playgrounds and a restaurant here. 

Evadati in natura pe insula L'Ile Barbe. Treceti podul Pont d'Ile Barbe peste Saone si indepartati-va de oras. Plimbati-va si admirati vechile cladiri, unele parasite, altele locuite de cei mai bogati oameni ai Lyonului. Tot aici veti gasi parcuri cu locuri de joaca pentru copii si un restaurant. 



9. Go up in the Part-Dieu tower, a pencil shaped skyscrapper. At floor 32 you have a panoramic view of the city in the very stylish Celest restaurant. There is also a hotel at the top of this building with great view. 

Urcati in Turnul Part-Dieu, un zgarie-nori in forma de creion. La etajul 32 aveti o vedere panoramica a orasului si un in restaurantul stilat Celest. Tot aici este si un hotel in varful cladirii cu un view superb.


10. Take time to admire the sunset. Lyon is also called the city of lights. It is because of a particular red light that covers the town in the afternoon. I have to admit that the sky turns into something magical at sunset, one of the most beautiful skies I've ever seen. I'll just leave you with the picture.

Lasati-va timp pentru a admira apusul. Lyon este supranumit orasul luminilor, asta datorita unei lumini rosii ce acopera orasul dupamasa. Trebuie sa recunosc ca cerul se transforma in ceva magic, unu din cele mai frumoase apusuri pe care le-am vazut. Va las doar fotografia.


11. Taste the French desserts. There are some things so good you shoudn't miss: the macarons, the icecream and the tarts. 

Gustati deserturile franceze. Sunt cateva lucruri atat de bune incat ar fi bine sa nu le ratati: macarons, inghetata si tartele. 

52 comments:

  1. Really like photographs. You have serious photography skills. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Wow! You shared a beautiful post, amazing pics

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  3. Your pics are too magical, it wanted me to visit Lyon soon.

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  4. Fiica mea a citit o carte in care personajul principal calatorea in Franta si de atunci doreste neaparat sa mergem in Paris. Sper sa ajungem si noi sa vedem arhitectura specifica si sa incercam deserturile frantuzesti.

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    1. E superb totul, merita vizitata Franta. Sper sa ajungeti si voi! Voi posta in curand si un articol despre Paris.

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  5. The local market from Lyon looks so cute, a perfect foodie destination to find some delicious fresh products. The French dessert are a must too, who can resist the Macarons?

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    1. I was fascinated by the market, too!

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  6. Ohh a few weeks ago we hesitated between going to Lyon or Grenoble and we chose Grenoble. It was fun weekend but now I wish we would have gone to Lyon. But btw I am having a hard time the Lyonais were smiling for no reason??😂 We live in Switzerland and I find the frenchmen grumpy but very bubbly..if it makes any sense.

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    1. I heard that Grenoble is nice, too. What I meant with "everyone was smiling for no reason" is that people looked happy and everybody was nice and friendly :)

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  7. The botanical garden looks lovely and it all sounds very exciting!

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    1. The entire Parc de la Tete d'Or is amazing.

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  8. Omg that is such a beautiful city! Usually when you hear a trip to France you immediately think of Paris but Lyon is truly amazing as well

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    1. I had the same opinion before visiting Lyon, but there are so many beautiful cities in france which are less crowded and just as beautiful as Paris.

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  9. I love travelling, this is what i love about travelling, exploring new things, culture and food, Lyon looks so beautiful, i would like to visit this place in future and your photos are just magical.

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    1. You will definitely enjoy the city :)

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  10. I have been to Paris in France but not Lyon and now after reading your post, it seems I missed a great beautiful city. The architecture of buildings in Lyon is so majestic and beautiful.

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    1. The architecture is definitely great in Lyon.

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  11. That L'ile Barbe district looks pretty incredible. Could spend some time getting pleasantly lost there easily.

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    1. It is for sure a refreshing experience.

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  12. what a great place! Paris is in my bucket list, I think Lyon will be included too because of this post.

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    1. It's worth a visit of at least two days in Lyon :)

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  13. Bucket list? Let me introduce you to your latest entry, Lyon!!!
    It looks like such a great place!!! I will definitely give it a chance!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. So glad you liked my article. Hope you'll get there soon :)

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  14. Wow looks awesome. Hopefully get to visit one day. Looks amazing thanx for sharing

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    1. Thanks, hope you'll get there soon!

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  15. Lyon looks like a gorgeous place to visit. I enjoyed the blog as well as your beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words.

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  16. I would love to visit, looks amazing and your pictures are gorgeous!

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  17. Your photography and details are just amazing! Thank you for sharing and bringing us along for the journey! Happy Travels :)

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    1. Thank you very much :) Happy Travels to you, too!

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  18. Absolutely stunning! I hope to visit one day soon!!

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  19. We missed Lyon while we were in France the last time, but I wish to make it to this beautiful place some day. I'd love to spend the day in Parc de la Tete d'Or; thanks for sharing all the information. :)

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  20. Some great photography skills here! Lyon is beautiful. I'd love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Have heard a lot about this city. And now I have a big and interesting list of things to do here as well. You are really inspiring me to visit lyon on my next visit to France

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    1. I'm happy to hear this. You'll like it!

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  22. While my husband and I have never been to Lyon, I can tell right away it's our kind of town! A place where people are friendly, the good is amazing, and there is lots to do? Count me in. If we're ever lucky enough to go, I know we'd visit the arts museum or Saint Pierre Palace (for her) and go up in the Part-Dieu tower (for him) x

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    1. I didn't have the time to visit the arts museum but I bet it's a great experience :)

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  23. Wow! This is great place to visit with your family. I will add this on my traveling list.

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  24. Amazing Clicks .. Remind me of our time in Venice .. Roaming around the town like a king . Chandresh

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  25. That public market in Lyon looks amazing with good food!

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  26. What a comprehensive guide for sharing list of amazing things to do in Lyon!Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful this destination is!

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