Destination: Lyon, France — Part 3 (October 2017 edition)


On my third day in Lyon during this past October vacation, I spent pretty much the whole day only doing a single activity, which was attend the Salon des vignerons indépendants. In essence, it was a wine-tasting expo where almost 100 vendors from all regions of France come to promote their wines for selling.

As a huge fan of wine, I was definitely interested in going after receiving information of this event from a friend. Even better was that admission was free if you printed out an “invitation” online to the event– you can bet, then, I did that beforehand! Plus, the invitation was valid for admitting two people, so one of my friends from the town I live in came over for the day and together, we headed over to the event, located at the Halle Tony Garnier which was south of the city, near the confluence of the two rivers: the Rhône and the Saône.

We arrived towards midday at the event, getting in and receiving complimentary wine glasses for the tasting– afterwards, they ended up being our souvenirs to bring back home! The place was massive, not only filled with aisles and aisles of wine stands at which to try the different drinks, but also with visitors milling about to taste them all. My friend and I circled the exhibition a few times before settling on the stands which interested us to try out. We had a good amount of samples from Riesling in the Alsace region to the Côtes du Rhone in our own: more included those from Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy, and even Corsica! At one point, we had some cognac from the Charentes region, which just about bowled us over with its strength, but it was a jolly-good time.

Time to wine!
At the wine expo.
Brought back some Bordeaux wine.

Admittedly, we were tipsy at the end of it all, and I ended up buying two bottles of white dessert wine from Bordeaux– a bit strange, I know, since Bordeaux is especially famous for its red wine, but the sample I had of that particular kind was delicious, and I knew that I had to get some for the road! I ended up drinking one of them that same night with my Couchsurfer, but I still have the other one stocked up in the fridge for a future drink!

My friend and I spent about two or three hours at the wine expo before heading over in the afternoon to walk around Lyon. Eventually, we split off for the day as I headed back to my Couchsurfer’s flat and her to the train station to return to our town. I made my way back to the flat where I effectively crashed for the rest of the day, still a bit tipsy and utterly exhausted from the walking done that entire day. Again, it hadn’t been a particularly hectic day of sightseeing that day, but all the same lots of walking (and drinking!).

The next day, I took a day trip to a nearby village called Pérouges (more on it in another post). Upon returning to Lyon in the afternoon, however, I decided to pop into the musée des Beaux-Arts for another museum visit. I didn’t know, though, that it wouldn’t be free admission, as I ended up paying a discounted fee (a fee, nonetheless) of 4 euros to visit. While not terribly expensive, the museum ended up being a bit…underwhelming for me.

Don’t get me wrong: it was a gorgeous museum, from its courtyard to the wealth of paintings and sculptures inside– it was just that I had already been to other Beaux-Arts museums in France, e.g. Rouen, Lille, that they were pretty much about the same in the end. While I wouldn’t say that it was a complete waste of time that afternoon, it wasn’t necessary for me to have visited. That visit hasn’t put me off checking out other museums in Lyon, though: in fact, I hope to go to the musée d’art contemporain next time I’m in the city, and even if there’s an admission fee (9 euros, I believe), I think it’ll be something different to discover.

…and that about ends my recap of the time spent in Lyon this past October vacation. Looking back, it’s incredible that I managed to do a lot in those two, three days in the city proper. I got to explore the lesser-known sites that I wanted to see, as well as strength interpersonal relationships with my Couchsurfing host, his other guests, and my friend with whom we attended the wine expo. It was a pleasant few days away from home, and it really made me happier in the end.

I’ll be recapping my two day trips that I made while in Lyon over break. Expect the posts to come *very* soon!

— The Finicky Cynic

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