Rather than make such a long drive our last day of vacation, we stayed overnight in Lyon. This was the city that gave us SUCH a headache as an attempted lunch stop on the way to Switzerland, due to the Tour du France passing through. Honestly, finding our hotel on the way back was something of a headache, too. In the end, though, I loved it.
We stayed at the Hilton in the Cite International, which had upgraded us as HHonors members to a luxury room. I loved the very French welcome!
Macarons, and a note welcoming me by name!
There was a lot of remodeling going on, so perhaps that’s why the upgrade. The room was spacious by European standards, and Theo’s favorite so far. My only inconvenience was the glass door to the bathroom, only semi-frosted, so that one had to be mindful of the privacy of others and stay away when the facilities were in use. We were high up in the hotel, so the window view was very nice.
Across the river Rhone as seen from our hotel room.
Zooming in on the view, including the ancient arches among more modern buildings.
The hotel upgrade was very nice, with a reception in a top floor area with snacks and drinks, as well as breakfast up there. A very nice breakfast. But you know, it felt sort of awkward, too, requiring special access, and we’re just plain folk.
The hotel was part of this long commercial strip, with bookends of an arena on one side, and apartments on the other, with retail space, restaurants, a casino and cinema, and a modern art museum in the middle. This is a view from above.
This view reminds me a little of a Georgia O’Keefe cityscape, or even more maybe Joseph Stella or Charles Sheeler.
Outside the modern art museum.
Stoney with his buddy, the skater, outside the residential section.
Stoney chilling at the end of the area where our hotel was.
Our best discovery was one of the largest urban parks in France, the Parc de la Tete d’Or. We only saw a portion, but I have so many lovely photos from that visit that I’ll give the Parc its own post.