Before I go any further: Warning Marg - this post involves food. Look away now.
Friday night my bestie and I left the kids with the mister and took the TGV (fast train) up to Lyon.
Guess which one I went for? Thank you darling husband.
Lyon lies over the top of two rivers (the Rhône and the Saône) which meet just below the old town centre.
We stayed in a small apartment in the old town, at the foot of Fourvière Hill. It was a great location and we were able to walk to everything we wanted to see.
When we arrived on Friday we quickly stashed our bags and then headed up Fourvière Hill to see the church and the view.
There were some stairs involved. A lot of stairs. We felt the burn. But knowing we were spending the next 6 mealtimes in the gastronomical capital of France we embraced the pain.
Not even half way up the stairs.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is on the top of the hill and she's a beauty.
The detail on the outside of the building is stunning:
Inside there's not a great deal to see as refurbishments are underway:
Just a few mosaics were unscaffolded to enjoy:
Joan of Arc on the wall
But you can see she's going to be very pretty when she's done:
Back outside there are fantastic views over the city:
By this stage we were well and truly hungry and headed down the hill through the gardens:
And into the old town for a quick apero before finding our restaurant.
Did you know there are over 1000 restaurants in Lyon? Isn't that amazing? (and awesome.)
I made reservations for our main meals (dinners and Saturday lunch) because even with all those venues the good ones still book out (especially on Saturdays). Check out Tripadvisor for recommendations - I've always done well with them.
We ate at Les Retrouvailles on Rue de Boeuf - we weren't disappointed.
Our amuse-bouche (a small, free appetiser) was cold pureed cauliflower.
Doesn't that sound kinda awful?
If someone asked me if I wanted some cold pureed cauliflower before my meal I would've given them the ole whatchootalkinaboutwillis.
Thankfully they don't ask you, they just bring it out, because it was SO delish. There was a whole lotta butter in there and poppy seeds sprinkled on top and we got very excited because if they could do this with cauliflower imagine what they could do with all the other fine foods France has to offer.
Entrée was snails in a garlic cream sauce:
The only food photo I took the whole weekend. I was too busy eating.
Main course: a perfect steak with roquefort cream sauce.
Cheese course: St Marcellin, all gooey and melting over the plate.
Desserts: all placed on a buffet/server in the middle of the restaurant so diners could see them before making their choice. I went for the profiterole cake with chantilly cream and a caramelised nut sauce on top.*
Basically, we were in heaven.
The end of the night - we were the last ones to leave.
Needless to say, we recommend Les Retrouvailles.
I was going to squeeze all my pictures of Lyon into the one post but I think this town deserves more, so another post (or two) will follow.
Whatcha thinkin' bout? Oh, I dunno... food.
Hope you're all having a great week and I'll see you soon with more Lyonnaise goodness!
* Don't worry, Marg, I'm not going to itemise every meal we ate in Lyon - I'll just give you the restaurant recommendations :)