The kids are crawling on this giant welcome sign in the centre of Lyon (made entirely of cheese - they have to build a fresh on each night).
Well, we woke up to an overcast day. But that's ok cuz we had planned to go into Lyon which we knew would be mainly indoors. At first, we went to the TGV (train de grande vitesse) station outside Valence, but when we discovered the cheapest fare for the mere 30 minute train ride was 120 Euros (gulp!), we drove to Lyon instead. We parked at a P&R outside Lyon and hopped on the Metro (only 6 Euros). Bought our city pass and found a lovely terrace to eat lunch. Nigel tried the beef snout and veal hoof as an appetizer and had pork marinated in red wine for a meal with cheese afterward. I had a salad and steamed sausages and creme caramel for dessert. There was a bottle of wine of course (unidentified house Rhone). Kids both had grilled chicken and french fries with dessert (tarte to coco-banane and gâteux chocolat avec crème anglaise).
Then we hit some museums. First was the "le musée des automates" which consisted of many automated puppets set up in scenes from famous tales or stories like Pinocchio, Zorro, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Louis Pasteur, and Peter Pan. Then we went to the Museum
Beef snout anyone?
Nigel had to order this...how many chances do you get to eat the snout of a cow and the hoof of a calf?
of Miniatures and Cinema. Cinema was invented in Lyon. Many of the miniatures were of famous movie sets. This museum was really cool. There was tons of paraphernalia from movie sets like the actual hat and whip Indiana Jones wore in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Last, we went on a river boat cruise of the Saone. It was really nice to see the city from the river with its historical 300-400 year old buildings.
Made it home for a late dinner and Nigel went for a bike ride while I got the kids to bed. Tomorrow it is back to Lyon for Part II.
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