Lyon, the Mother of French Cuisine
The next stop on our tour was Lyon … Food capital of France. Yeah, seriously: Food Capital of France. Apparently it’s where French chefs go to learn to cook. Foodwise, it was right up Ryan’s & my alley – tons of tiny, informal restaurants with amazing food at reasonable prices.
Our first Buchon Lyonnais meal was amazing “Moules Frites”. We tried two kinds – a mushroom, cream, sherry sauce (aMAZing) and the classic shallot & white wine sauce. It was in a crowded little place (bleu de toi, 51 rue mercie’re, lyon, 04 78 37 24 65) – but the atmosphere was festive, and the food was fantastic.
We actually started our visit to Lyon with the Rick Steve’s walking tour (’cause those are always a good way to start.) Lyon has a neat landscape – with the newer part of town across the river from the older part of town, and a really cool looking church on top of the hill.
Of course, we climbed to the top of the hill too.
To check out the church, as well as the view.
And we had an amazing dinner at a restaurant right next to the church, with a pretty fantastic view.
Wandering through the old town in the evening was beautiful. The streets were crowded with restaurant tables and people. Oh yeah, and some amazing old churches … as usual.
On our last morning in town, we stopped for some pastries – we pretty much just went in and picked the thing that looked the most sugary-delicious. I can’t remember what it was … but it was sugary delicious!
We stuffed ourselves (and made friends with our local server) at our last meal in Lyon. Oh, and Ryan made friends with a stray kitten.