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Lyon is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in France. Often compared to Paris, a "smaller" Paris, Lyon has its own character and history, having taken a different trajectory from Paris.
Many visitors bypass this fabulous destination on their way from Paris to Provence − that is a mistake! Even if you only have a day, you won't regret a quick tour of the Old Town, a climb to the Basilica, lunch in a bouchon and a stop in a world-class museum.
It is, after all, the former capital of Rome in France, not to mention the gastronomical capital of the world.
Here are my favorite things to do or see whenever I'm in town:
Like Paris, Lyon is divided into arrondissements (9 rather than the 20 in Paris), but they're usually known by name, not by number.
Lyon is a tremendously walkable city. But you don't have to.
Like many parts of France, the most beautiful seasons are the spring and fall, or April-May and September-October. But there are other great times to visit:
Lyon is extremely central and you can get to many places from here: