One of the things we love to do is walk around to explore and see the architectural details of a city and also just wander around stores and discover places to eat while we are at it.
Walking from our hotel to next door train station. We are on our way to the ticket machine to buy a family ticket. Public transport is the best way to get around Lyon but it’s far from perfect. The machines can be tricky to purchase from so pick English for the language and for us it was better to use our Philippine credit card vs our Swiss Debit Card. Strange no?
THE FAMILY TICKET
When going around Lyon as a family of 2-5 persons, it’s more cost-effective to get the family ticket for Euros 6 unlimited use per day. The only annoying thing is that because it’s only one ticket and you need to pass it through the machine as often as how many people there are in the family, sometimes it doesn’t work. We needed to call staff a few times and that can be stressful. But the savings is worth it. Children under 4 years old travel for free. Click here to see your other options in Lyon.
We did not have to pay anything for DiploDog. But we made sure to carry him while we were in the station and inside public transport.
One of the things TD wanted to do was see the Roman Amphitheater in Lyon. But let me tell you right now that it was a little bit underwhelming. Thankfully what we saw and where we ate along the way were nice so we have no regrets.
OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON
Look at this grand building with those massive chandeliers inside. I can’t even imagine what it looks like inside!
It was so cool taking photos of the details of the buildings. The window details!
HÔTEL DE VILLE L. PRADEL
Another architecturally stunning building! I’m also in love with the gigantic old doors in Lyon.
The dramatic Bartholodi Fountain in World Heritage Site Place des Terreaux was enclosed because they were doing some construction work. The fountain is by a famous French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and it was unveiled in 1892.
Kids! It’s so hard to get a decent pic with them right?
MONTÉE DE LA GRANDE CÔTE
For me this road was a highlight. It’s so beautiful! And there are so many interesting shops to see as we walk.
DiploBaby making kulit (bugging) his furbro. Lol you can tell the old dog is annoyed.
Such a stunning background. This photo was taken in portrait mode that’s why the background is prettily blurred. I love this pic, but that is a tired kid. I wish I had a solo version of this pic!
But his energy is back up when he sees the cute graffiti. DiploBaby loves anything artsy.
So ready to post when he likes something!
AMPITHÉÂTRE DES TROIS GAULES
The final destination was the Amphitheater of the Three Gauls. We were a bit underwhelmed but maybe because we no longer had the energy to go around and find a better angle for pictures. It’s facinating that such a monument still exists today. Though it would have been nice to walk inside, it’s better preserved by not allowing people to go in. Built in 12 BC & later enlarged, this Roman amphitheater was used for shows, circuses & executions of Christians. MORE DETAILS HERE.
This area of Lyon is not the safest so make sure to go during the daytime.
BACK TO MONTÉE DE LA GRANDE CÔTE
Okay now time to go back. I really love this road, Montée de la Grande Côte, it has so much character. It’s quite a workout coz it’s basically chill stairs, but so worth it!
LAFABRIQ ATELIER BOUTIQUE
Even from afar I already knew I would love this store. When I went inside, the store took my breath away. I couldn’t stop oohing and aahing at everything. If you love one-of-a-kind, artisanal fashion pieces that can be your memento from Lyon, then I highly recommend this store! Enjoy!
I decided to buy porcelain earrings from this store as my Lyon keepsake. I decided on the triangular ones. love them so much!
This is the cutest designer boutique in the pretty Montée de la Grande Côte. I think I was a little bit paralyzed because everything was so cute. It’s a great place to buy special one-of-a-kind gifts. They have something for everyone from stationery, jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, candles, illustrations, girls’ dresses, etc. I wasn’t sure if they allowed taking photos inside the store so I don’t have interior photos.
Time to go back to the hotel. There is a lot of walking and stairs in Lyon.
We never tried the tram. Should be okay during cold weather!
Place des Terreaux
The Bartholdi fountain from a different angle.
Seeing the HÔTEL DE VILLE L. PRADEL again and can’t help but take photos. I bet the inside is gorg!
I hope you enjoyed going around Lyon with me through pictures!
UP NEXT: Our last meal in Lyon before going home BRASSERIE GEORGES
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