About Lyon – (excerpt from Wikipedia)
“Lyon is a city in east-central France, in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is located approximately 470 kilometres (292 miles) from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) from Marseille, 420 km (261 mi) from Strasbourg, 160 km (99 mi) from Geneva, 280 km (174 mi) from Turin. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.
The small municipality (commune) of Lyon proper has a population of 491,268 (January 2011), but together with its suburbs and satellite towns Lyon forms the 2nd-largest metropolitan area in France with a population of 2,188,759 at the January 2011 census. Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, as well as the capital of the smaller Rhône département.
The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival ‘Fête des Lumières‘ which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights. Legend says that the Virgin Mary saved the city from the plague and, to thank her, a statue was built. On the day it was erected, the whole city was lit by candles that its citizens had put at their windows.”
Staying in Lyon – Apart Hotel Odalys
Last year when I stayed in Lyon, I choose the suburbs of Lyon, Villeurbane, and an Ibis hotel because it was close to the Ldoll venue which was held in Double Mixte. My hotel room was so small and felt rather claustrophobic and there was no lounge area in the hotel so I decided to choose a bigger hotel room and ideally a small apartment so I could cook for myself.
This year I found Apart hotel Odalys on the Lyon Confluence area, the bit of land between the rivers Rhône and Saône. It is a very modern area with high-rise buildings in interesting architecture.
I booked it via www.booking.com in August and got an excellent deal.
Local Shopping and Planning Meals
Before I left I did a search for a local supermarket and found that Lidl was quite close to Odalys, only a few minutes away. I got some crunchy breakfast cereal, a big tub of prepared couscous, 3 lovely tomatoes, one courgette, cured sliced dark ham, a pack of dates, Lidl brand biscuits, mixed salad, 1 liter of UHT milk and a bottle of red wine called ‘Bergerac’. All this amounted to less than 20 euro and was enough to keep me well fed for the next few days.
I didn’t want to cook food, and planned the same meal for the first, second and third evening with one or two glasses of the excellent wine I had purchased. I had in mind to eat out on my second day and on the Saturday at the Ldoll venue; I remembered that they served delicious food last year and was hoping for the same this year.
Apart Hotel Layout
When you enter into the 20 m2 apartment the first door to your left is the roomy bathroom with a shower, towel rail, sink with press and big mirror and toilet. The shower is first class and there is no shortage of streams of hot water. It was a very relaxing experience. Towels are changed every day like in any other hotel.
To the right of the entrance hall you have an enormous wardrobe with two sliding doors. It has plenty of space for your belongings as well as cleaning equipment, a mop, bucket, brush etc.
The double bed is very comfortable and has the kitchenette right beside it. The kitchenette is very compact and has basic utensils for cooking, two electric cooking plates, a microwave, an electric kettle, a coffee machine, a fridge. The press above the sink/cooker has all the plates, bowls, glasses etc that you might need, further equipment are pans, pots, colander, cutlery.
Beside the kitchenette there is another press where you can store your shopping.
There is big floor to ceiling window and door to the balcony. The space on the balcony is quite big and could easily have accommodated a table and two chairs but there were none on my balcony. I brought a chair outside to read my book and placed my glass of wine on the floor. The view from the window was another building but it was quiet, warm and peaceful. I could easily imagine myself staying in that apartment for a week or more and spending quiet times on the balcony with a good book, knitting and a glass of wine and nibbles.
The aim of a holiday is a change and a rest, this year I really did not have enough time to rest, I was on the go most of the time and started to unwind on the Sunday when I had to leave in the early afternoon.
Ideally I would need 3 days of visiting the city, and 5 days of rest, read and swim in the surrounding area plus 2 days of travel that makes it exactly 10 days. Hopefully I can do that next year around the Ldoll 6.
The wine I bought in Lidl in Lyon Confluence was cheap around 2 euro, delicious and had no after effects. I recommend it!!