The workshops will be arriving soon at La Cascade so we decided to go away for a few days to Lyon. Lyon considers itself the gastronomic capital of France and with good reason. But first things first!
First, it is a beautiful large city with lots of energy. Many people liken it to Paris and some say they enjoy it more. Besides the new city, there are two “old towns” which are so charming. We stayed on the peninsula-called Le Presqu’ile- so convenient to all the places we wanted to go. This peninsula is created by the Saone River and the Rhone River converging at the southern tip of the peninsula.
There is the ancient Roman area 2000 years old with an existing Amphitheater and Odeon on the west side and the ancient medieval side on the north side of the peninsula. Both within metro or walking distance.
One of the first things we did Sunday market was go to the Sunday outdoor food market. Beautiful food and beautifully displayed. This market and the Paul Bocuse Food Hall (the inside market) are the main places where the chefs shop. This was the first time I have seen endive as it grows on a stalk!
Next up was a trip to the Textile Museum of Lyon. By the 18th century, silk production was the main industry of Lyon: 28,000 people were registered as silkworkers in 1788. Today there are still several silk artisans making incredible silk fabrics and wearables.
To be continued…..