First off, in an earlier and very sassy post, I mentioned something about a fiance. I am in no way engaged. However, big shout out to everyone who thought I had already had a relationship and gotten engaged…in a month’s time…
This weekend was my I’m-going-to-be-a-tourist-in-Lyon weekend. There is a weekend every year that’s called “Journees Europeennes Du Patrimoine” in which museums, government buildings, and other spots around the city are either free of their normal charge or they are opened to the public for only that weekend. So I purposefully did not travel this weekend in order to take full advantage of this priceless weekend (pardon my pun).
Gabby, Megan and I met at the metro stop by their host family’s apartments at 9:45 am on Saturday morning, equipped with layers, cameras, and a highlighted list of all the best events, courtesy of my host mom Fabienne. She literally printed out the schedule of the weekend at work, put it in a clear sleeve, and highlighted the best ones to go to including religious places that she thought I’d like. PERFECT!
We first headed to Brasserie des Brotteaux because it was 10 minutes by foot from our meeting place. It was constructed in 1913 and is known for its interior which is decorated by ceramic tiles. It’s still a restaurant/bar but was open just to view it as well for the weekend. It was a good, quick start to our tour.
Our next stop was the Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratifs, which possesses one of the most rich collections of textiles in the world, with a large part of that being silk. There was an exposition on the legendary costumes of the last 20 years of shows at the opera house here that we were also able to tour, complete with rooms full of mannequins wearing the exact costumes that the opera singers wore in their productions, imitations of their dressing rooms, and little video snippets of some of the performances. The actual museum with the ancient pieces of silk and other textiles doesn’t allow phones or cameras so the following are mainly of the first exhibit of costumes!
It was absolutely incredible and we worked up an appetite doing ALL that walking (naturally) so we headed to the cutest little hipster cafe that had AMAZING sandwiches and salads. I never spend money on food because I always come home to eat so with all the free museums, it was time to do as Aziz says and “treat yo self.”
With full tummies, we headed to the Opera house. THIS WAS AMAZING! We got to tour the opera house (except for the grand room because they were getting ready for a show that night) and they let us go to the very top of the dome, where the ballerinas practice and perform, and THE VIEW WAS UNREAL! This is only open on this weekend otherwise I would probably live up there (obviously joking, I couldn’t stay away from Jean Marc’s cooking for that long).
Next stop: Hotel de Ville, the administrative center of Lyon. It was built in 1646-1672 and it hosts the city council ten times a year. It’s open for this weekend and through private tours. BUT WOW WAS IT BEAUTIFUL! Sign me up to date the mayor’s son, if he has one.
The tiniest of French ladies orchestrating a small troupe of recorder players.
We were at the top of this (the Opera House) earlier!!!
After that magnificent place, the three of us decided to go to Fabienne’s favorite patisserie because…well, I don’t feel like it’s necessary to have a reason when you go to a patisserie in France. I got this
which was filled with vanilla cream which had apple slices inside it almost like a chunky applesauce on top of a little tart that was coated on top with this caramel sauce with the consistency of peanut butter. We all bought pastries with the intent of only eating half, a third, a fourth, a bite but all ate the entirety of each ours. Do I have any regrets? Nope, ZERO. Honestly, I’ll probably do the same thing soon. I asked the lady what I should get and when she explained what this was, I go THATS PERFECT FOR ME! and she grinned and laughed. I love French bakers.
After that, we were all in a really weird place. I had had a light lunch so after that much sugar, I felt like I was half floating, half about to fall asleep on the steps of the government building we were sitting in front of. So we all headed to our host homes, I motivated myself for an hour to go on a run, came home to find out we were having my friend and her host family over for dinner (great more food, as if I needed that), took the fastest shower of my life and then had an awesome dinner with Megan and her host parents and the Forests’ family friend Elizabeth who is a hoot! And for dinnner…..
Three hours later, Megan and I headed out to go out with some new friends. Lula and Becca are from a town outside of England and I am SO happy we met them! They are so fun and remind me of my friends back home. We completely hit it off and Lula is already set on me staying with her family and showing me around London - and obviously shopping at Topshop. Can’t say no to that!
More to come on Sunday and the beginning of this week, but now I must run off to a dinner through our family with another family that lives nearby! Hopefully they don’t notice that I sound like I’m talking underwater. Anywhozzle, here’s a post for you mom - sorry that was a long break for you! ;)