Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lyon Lights Up; Destination: Lyon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lyon Lights Up; Destination: Lyon

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IT IS the third largest city in France, capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its food, culture, history - and as the birthplace of cinema. Some 2,000 years of history are worn into the cobbled streets of the old town, Vieux Lyon - one of Europe's most extensive

Renaissance neighbourhoods - and two Roman amphitheatres, which stage rock concerts today. No wonder Lyon is a hotspot with festivals galore, including the famous Festival of Lights, first-class shopping, vibrant theatre and music, and a range of fascinating museums devoted to extraordinary collections, such as puppets and movie miniatures.

NEED TO KNOW

HOTELS: POSH VILLA FLORENTINE 25 Montee Saint-Barthelemy, 69005 Lyon HISTORIC hotel Offering fabulous views in a great location. Service is good, beds are comfortable, there's a decent pool and you're within walking distance of the old town. Breakfast on the patio is a memorable experience and some rooms are duplexes, with a spiral staircase linking storeys. A downside is that you pay for the views with a steep climb to the hotel. Pay from PS170. www.villaflorentine.com/ hotel/hotel-lyon-france BUDGET

LE BOULEVARDIER, 5 Rue de la Fromagerie, 69001 Lyon, France (Terreaux - Bat D'argent) YOU won't find rooms much cheaper than this. From PS39 you stay in the centre of town, within walking distance of the main sights. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and ? Continental breakfastis good. Staff are friendly and helpful. There can be noise from the bar below so if you're a light sleeper, request a room on a higher floor. Rooms do not have air conditioning. www.leboulevardier.fr/

EATING OUT AU 14 FEVRIER VIEUX LYON, 6 Rue Mourguet Vieux, 69005 Lyon HERE'S an oddity. An intimate restaurant - it seats only 12 people - offering outstanding and imaginative French cuisine prepared and presented by an all-Japanese team. The food is excellent but not cheap, so save this one for a special night out. Set menus include an eight-course extravaganza with matching wines that will set you back around PS110 each. Be warned reservations are essential. www.au14fevrier. …

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