After a mind and body numbing 14 hours on planes and in airports we arrived in Lyon the food capital of France. My cousin Ann and her husband Mark met us where the shuttle train from the airport dropped us. Ann and Mark moved to Lyon a year ago and they are loving it. A brief tram ride and a short walk found us at their beautiful eighth floor apartment. On a clear morning you can see Mont Blanc and the Alps from their kitchen window
Our first adventure was a walk through the 290 acre Parc de Tête d’Or. That is not a misprint! 290 acres of trees, lawn, paths, a lake with two islands, a velodrome, a zoo and a botanical garden. It is the largest urban park in Europe. We wandered through the placid pastoral scene while locals relaxed on the lawns, jogged and cycled through. Once in the middle of it one feels far away from the bustle of work-a-day Lyon.
During our excursion, Mark went shopping and picked up a roast chicken and potatoes. Combined with some fresh green beans and Faisselle (soft cheese like cottage cheese) with raspberries, strawberries for desert and a lovely Chablis made for an excellent repast before turning in around 22:30 (10:30 pm).
Today we will hit the streets of Lyon.