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Lyon Mini Guide
Lyon, also spelled Lyons, was once known as the silk capital of the world. In more recent times, it is now noted for its wonderful French cuisine. Many restaurants are available to sample such delights and famous chefs such as Paul Bocuse live and work there.
Being in the midst of two fine wine growing regions, the city is awash with fantastic wines to go with great food. The vineyards in Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone produce some of the finest wine in the world. Take your Lyon hire car and see the historical and architectural highlights the city has to offer such as the Statue of Louis XIV or on Fourviere Hill, the Roman Theatre. Those who are searching for car hire in Lyon can also rent car hire Lyon airport. The airport is named after a French writer who was also a pilot. Should you be visiting in December, there is La Fete des Lumieres (Festival of Lights).
As a celebration of thanks to the Virgin Mary, locals light candles and place them in the windows. It was the Virgin Mary who supposedly saved the city in the Middle Ages from a deadly plague. Sample some morning snacks, another of Lyon's famous traits. Machons, made from local charcuterie, which are followed by a glass of Beaujolais are a perfect way to start your day. The municipal botanical garden or Jardin botanique de Lyon (and Parc de la Tete d'Or) is eight hectares of beautiful fauna. First established in 1857 it is France's largest botanical garden. Housing around 15,000 plants and many varieties of roses, shrubs, and alpine plants you are sure to be amazed and spend a full day here. Best of all admission is free! Another option is to visit the Musee des beaux arts de Lyon. Bask in the cultural delight and see artwork and paintings from locals and artists from around the world.