Lyon, Travel

Lyon: Recap

29/07/2012

I can’t believe we are leaving our home of Lyon today. This is so surreal. The memories I’ve made here are definitely some of the greatest in my life and I swear that I will never forget everything I’ve learned about people, the world and myself.

The people in Lyon are not 100% tourist lovers, but I liked that. I don’t want to be treated like a tourist – I want to blend in to the culture. I can see why some tourists would think that the French are rude; but really, don’t go to a place that you’re not willing to adapt to.

Learn a few quick French phrases before you leave and talk to people! The best advice I can give to people travelling to a location is to go out to places that locals go (clubs, bars, etc.) and just start up a conversation. Nine times out of 10 they will want to practice their English on you and will want you to practice your French on them. No matter how broken it is. No matter how many times they have to hear you say, “Comment dit on en francais ___?” 

I learned that lesson from doing just that. I met countless random twenty-something year old guys walking home from the discotech at the same time as me who would help with my French while I helped with their English (in a huge group of us of course).

Au Revior, Lyon!

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Lyon: Le Beaujolais

28/07/2012

How is it that this is our last full day in Lyon already?

I got some silly souvenirs (shot glasses, more post cards, basically all stuff I don’t need) and then we went on the most phenomenal day trip. Le Beaujolais is basically wine country. There are vineyards everywhere and all you can see for miles is hilly green rows of plants growing the grapes to make their famous Beaujolais wine. 

It was raining so some of the photos aren’t so great but check them out anyway:

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Then we went to a little wine cellar to do a wine tasting. They paired their rose wines with some sausages and the red wine with some cheeses. It was so delicious and I wish cheeses and sausages were even remotely the same in the USA. 

Update: I saw brie cheese in the supermarket and it said “product of France” and so I tried it. Definitely not as good as the French cheese.

Au revior (for now)

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Lyon: Parc de la Tete d’Or

27/07/2012

Class today was pretty much just pointless. Actually, it was not. Thanks to Chelsea trying to make out with our professor yesterday, he wasn’t any fun. She definitely sucked all the fun out of him, dementor-style. Connell and I shit on her about that for a while.

Although we did watch a pretty good movie, The Untouchables, which I would have liked more if it didn’t extend our class an extra 15 minutes.

I forgot to mention that we went to an amazing zoo too! It was totally free (awesome) and some of the animals weren’t in cages (they had natural walls – also awesome).

Deer!

But I got other great pictures too!

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It was so great and free!! Parc de la Tete d’Or. GO THERE!

Au revoir (for now)

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