My entire experience in France was completely breathtaking and I am so grateful I got the opportunity to go on this trip. However, I would really like to take the time to recognize one part of the trip and that was the 3-day weekend I spent in Lyon with all of my best friends. It was Sally, Ashley, Carly, and I all traveling together, but then we met up with Nick, Alec, and Billy. It was honestly the most perfect group because we realized how well we all get along. When we first arrived in Lyon, I was completely astonished by the beauty of the city. Hands down one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. I am extremely happy we chose to go there for our long weekend.
Both our French history teacher and Odile told us about how awesome of a city it is and if we get the time then we should definitely check it out. The French teacher told us that it is the food capital of France; therefore, I was practically already sold. One of the greatest things about Lyon is that almost every person speaks English when you go to a restaurant. One afternoon, the four of us girls went to lunch on a boat overlooking an extremely beautiful part of the city. They had the best salmon bruschetta; it was a piece of toasted bread with salmon spread all over it and then melted cheese right on top of that, served with a salad. Another thing that I loved was there kebab stands, they were by far better than any other place I have ate one. The meat was not dry at all like it usually is at other places, it tasted almost as if they use different meat in their kebabs, rather than the meat they used in Grenoble. I was in heaven while I was eating it, I looked as if that was the first time I’ve put a piece of food in my mouth in four years. Lastly, one night Nick and I went out to dinner at this exquisite French restaurant called L’Ouest. Everyone was extremely friendly and they all spoke English as well, so that made it easy to communicate with our waiter. I ordered this delicious piece of meat, I cannot remember exactly what it was, but it tasted phenomenal. It was also really nice because if you didn’t finish a bottle of wine that you purchased, they gave you a little carrying case to take it home with you. Overall, Lyon had some of the best food I have ever eaten in my entire life.
The nightlife in Lyon was another exceptional part of the trip as well. There was this huge strip of bars and clubs near the hotel the boys were staying at. The bars were open until 1:00 a.m. just like the bars all over France. However, the clubs were open until the odd hours of the night, no matter what day of the week it was. What we usually enjoyed doing was going to a bar for a few casual drinks and then heading over to the clubs. The best clubs were the ones that were on these huge yachts. There was one club that I especially loved; we went there our first night in Lyon to celebrate Alec’s birthday. It was five stories and each level was a different type of music, we thought that was really neat. I am pretty sure we made Alec have an awesome birthday that night, which made me happy. After this weekend, the seven of us all became best friends. Generally, the night life in Lyon, France was excellent all the time.
The shopping and the sightseeing was also extraordinary. We went to several different cathedrals while we were there; not to mention, the best cathedral was at the top of a mountain that we climbed over 500 stairs to get to the top. The view from the top was absolutely beautiful, looking over the entire city. We spent the entire day on Monday shopping because they had some of the nicest little shops. In Lyon Centre Ville were some of the cutest little stores to buy almost anything. They had a bunch of really nice souvenirs as well, so I picked up some of those. I also bought a cute purse and some sandals, which were an extremely good deal.
In conclusion, Lyon was one of the most extraordinary cities I have ever visited. I felt as if it was the Chicago of France and Paris was more closely tied with New York City. Some of the best food I got to experience while I was in Lyon, plus some of the best clubs too. I think that if I were to have to pick one place out of the entire trip to go back to, I would without a doubt pick Lyon. One of the best weekend of my life and once again, I am very happy I got the opportunity to go on this trip and meet some of the most amazing people ever that I know I will stay friends with forever.