Things to Do

Just a small sample of places I’ve enjoyed during my time in France.


Bahadourian: a fine epicerie which has been around since 1929 is filled with exotic spices, herbs, seasonings and flowers, condiments, chutneys and confits, oils and vinegars, rice, jams and honeys, coffee, tea, sweets and pastries, books and accessories, wines from all over the world. Stop in to pick up a wide range of tapas, mezzes, kemias and antipastis… before a trip to Parc de la Tête d’Or.

Fête des Lumières: this festival of lights is one of the best reasons to come to Lyon in December (Dec. 5-8, 2013). Click here to check out the video from 2012.

Halles de Lyon: the modern, glass-fronted Halles de Lyon covered market in the Part-Dieu area offers an immense range of top-quality local produce and gourmet Lyonnais specialties. Grab a bite at eateries inside the market – or fill up on free tasters!

Parc de la Tête d’Or: Lyon’s smaller version of Central Park complete with a zoo. Great place for a run.

Pérouge: a cute medieval city close to Lyon, which is classed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France.” You can discover the architecture at the end of the middle ages and taste their famous sugar cake

Outside of Lyon

Avignon: basically all of Provence is beautiful, quiet and a relaxing getaway from the hustle of the city. Here’s just one of my many trips to Avignon.

Beaujolais: some say this is the third river in France since it flows in abundance with wine. Check out my visit here.

Les Carroz: one of my favorite getaways is to my family’s chalet in this quaint ski village. See how we celebrated Christmas in 2011 here.

Monaco: the yachts are as big as mansions and champagne is the national drink, so who wouldn’t want to visit this playground of the rich and famous. Check out my visit here.


Eiffel Tower: no, Paris isn’t the only city in France (see above and below)

Luxembourg Gardens: one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. Perfect for a romantic picnic, which we didn’t get around to on our last visit.

Vichy: famous worldwide for its Thermal Spas, lozenges, mineral water, and dermo-cosmetic laboratories, Vichy is in the heart of the Auvergne region in the cradle of thermal culture, so in every respect, it is an ideal place for revitalization. Check out my visit here.


2 Responses to “Things to Do”

  1. Pinay Flying High March 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    How do you go from Lyon to Perouge? I have this fascination to medieval villages. I have visited the ones in the South France and those were absolutely amazing!

    • Pardon My French March 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      I believe the only way to go to Perouge from Lyon is by car.

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