We passed through Lyon the other night, staying at a Novotel that looked remarkably similar to its counterpart at Birmingham International Airport.
Lyon is a fascinating city. The second city of France, it also lays claim to be the gastronomic capital of France as well as having roots in the French silk industry, the best French soccer team (OL) and a wonderful location at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone.
As a Brummie it pleases me that the two second cities of France and Britain decided to twin back in 1951. For some reason I feel very comfortable in Lyon, in fact much more so than when in Paris (a city I love, by the way).
Before we left the city we visited the open market (operating six days a week) on the bank of the Saone and stocked up on cheeses and vegetables before driving south down the Rhone valley.