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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Fashion, Lyon, Travel

Lyon: Camieu

25/07/2012

Well, I went shopping again. (Click here for the online store!) But in my defense, I got the most adorable four dresses for only 45€. I really love the sales (soldes) here. I just want to come back every January and July with an empty suitcase and fill it up with pretty things. Is that weird?

Here are the dresses I got:

  1. Strapless floral dress: This one has a great waistline. It slims to just the right spot and then knows just where to get into that A-line skirt. Pair it with a teal cardigan.
  2. White shift dress: SUCH a classic. Add some rose gold accessories to this and you’ve got a winner. Plus a neutral and neon accessory and you’ll be the most talked about girl in the room.
  3. Lilly Pulitzer-esque floral dress: Once someone said to me that “it looked like Lilly” I had to buy it! Not only that, but it has an adorable cut out and a bow on the back!
  4. Red shift dress: This one looks so cute in a nautical theme. Add in a navy and white striped cardigan, a gold belt, the Lilly Pulitzer shell yeah necklace and these Sperry wedge sandals.

I also got a pink one identical to the red and white shift dresses because I’m obsessive.

Then we went to go see The Dark Knight Rises. IT WAS AMAZING. Seriously go see it. First of all, in French movie theatres, they take their concession stands seriously. They had not only salted popcorn, they also had kettle corn. And they do ice cream there too. I’m so into that.

Me at the theatre

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Lyon: One Euro Beers

23/7/2012

Today during the day was incredibly typical (class, lunch, etc.) but the evening on the day of one euro beer night is what I really want to talk about. 

We went to Cosmopolitan Bar on our last Monday in Lyon. It’s kind of funny that they have the awesome booze deal on a Monday, right? It was ridiculous. We walked in to a completely jam-packed bar and I immediately got a drink. Then we all found a place to stand and I got two drinks. Basically, I had three cups of beer in a 10 minute span. Good idea? I think not. 

This picture sums up the night well…

As hilarious as that was, what ensued was even more out of control. The guy on our trip that no one expected to get any managed to start making out with a girl, follow her to the smoking room and continue to suck face with her for about 20 minutes, and this started only 20 minutes after arriving.

Then the girl we least expected to hook up, or even drink, on this trip immediately asked for a beer (which I happily delivered) and a man to dance with (which I also happily delivered). Why am I so good?She and one of the guys she danced with ended up exchanging phone numbers and going on several dates, eventually leading to a potential relationship.

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match…

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Lumiere

20/7/2012

Finally it’s Friday! Class pretty much dragged by. But this afternoon we went to the Musee des Lumieres. It was a cinema museum built out of a home that the Lumiere family lived in. The house itself was beautiful enough to marvel at, but we also got to see things such as the first TV, the first movie projector and where the first film ever was filmed.

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Can I just say that our tour guide was actually super adorable. He was so unsure if he could do the tour in English. So he was talking to us in French. But then he started talking to us in PERFECT English. I shit you not. Why is everyone but Americans bi- or tri-linguial?

I wonder if the character from Beauty and the Beast was named after them…

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Lyon: @YaBoyConnell

19/7/2012

Surprise! We had a test today. Ugh. I hate how they just spring it on you like it’s no big deal. It’s a good thing my class is hilarious.

There are quite a few hilarious things that happen on the regular that I’m going to tell you about. One was especially great.

There are quite a few kids from Hong Kong in our class who speak fluent English (and Cantonese, Mandarin and French) who just love us. Especially Trinity and Jeff.

Today in class, Connell (@yaboyconnell) was just not speaking real sentences. First he started telling us (in French) about how “people are less responsible than girls about drinking.” He was clearly mixing up the words “gens” and “hommes.” Then he said to this girls Charlotte something about how, “that’s how they d things in Hong Kong,” and she immediately corrected him by announcing that she’s from Taiwan. Basically, it was not Connell’s day.

So to put the icing on the cake, Trinity just outright said (out loud, in English and in front of the whole class), “Connell you just can’t get anything right!”

These kids seriously don’t have a filter.

Au revoir (for now)

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