The “Vieux Lyon Walking Session” is something that sort of fell into my lap. In fact, when I spoke to my first family in Lyon, I had NO CLUE Place Jacobins existed, let alone a 10-minute walk from our apartment! Score! Here in Lyon, the 2nd arrondissement (presqu’ile) and 5th arrondissement (vieux ville) really capture life here in Lyon, and in France as a whole. Considering we spent a total of five days here before we moved, I think I we a decent job on the location…that or we just got REALLY lucky.
The session usually begins at Place Jacobins (as early as people are willing to rise…I like to schedule at 9am).
From there, we walk five minutes to the most amazing open air farmer’s market (Marché Saint-Antoine), rated the BEST open air market in Lyon! Score! Snap some pictures, sample some AWESOME snacks, and sometimes get yelled at by cute grandmas who don’t like me taking pictures of their fruit! Ha. Honestly, it doesn’t even phase me because life here is too darn great to ever get upset (annoying, right?).
After dodging the crowds and petting random goats (on occasion), we head across the river to Vieux Lyon! We start there at Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which has the infamous red door that looks AMAZING in pictures. That’s if we aren’t run off by the million tourists. I tend to just stand right next to them awkwardly until they move. I clearly don’t have an issue invading personal space for the perfect picture!
From there we walk through the vieux ville, grab a coffee or a crepe (yum), and find the coolest colorful doors, discover a secret traboule (I’ll let THIS page explain), and capture the essence of life in France. I’m seriously so in love with this town.
If the kids haven’t boycotted the idea of pictures by this point (it’s about a 50/50 chance), we walk back across the bridge to the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, which has a magical garden. All in all, it takes about two hours, and is a pretty great way to spend a day in Lyon!