Ten reasons why I love Lyon
1- Lyon is absolutely stunning.
Hands-down the most visually spectacular city in the world (IMHO). With its varied architecture, soothing parks and two rivers, it will suck you in, charm you, and wrap you like a warm blanket.
2- Lyon’s vibrant
3- Lyon’s location can’t be beat:
- It’s a short drive to the Alps for snowboarding (yeah, Chamonix on Mont Blanc will be one of our new weekend spots).
- It’s less than two hours by high-speed train to Paris.
- It’s not far from the Mediterranean coast. Not to mention we can drive to Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland.
- It’s right next to several of the world’s top wine regions.
- World-class hiking, kayaking, boating, and even scuba diving are all within a 15- to 50-minute drive.
- Direct flights to the most amazing places in Europe cost about €30 a ticket. #nuffsaid
4- Lyon is cheaper than New York
The cost of living is about one-fifth (for food) to one-tenth (for apartment rentals) of the cost of living in NYC (where I spent the decade before moving to Europe).
5- People in Lyon are friendly
The people are super friendly and polite (not to mention young, well-dressed and attractive). Oh, and there’s a large expat community here.
6- Lyon is FUN!
Like, really fun. The parks along the rivers are full of people hanging out having picnics, there are many streets lined with cafes that have outdoor seating (and, since cars aren’t allowed, you’re not in a cloud of exhaust while you eat), and having a drink or listening to live music on one of the many bar-boats (I’m actually not sure what they’re really called, but they’re large boats with bars on/in them) is a great after-work tradition.
7- Nobody honks in Lyon!
Really! I can count, on one hand, the number of honks I’ve heard in the past month (which is super refreshing when compared to the almost constant I’m-going-to-kill-someone style of honking in NYC.)
8- Lyon is the foodie capital of Europe
It’s the foodie capital of Europe (and, therefore, the world), with more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else. And people actually get to enjoy it here because, unlike in NYC, people take an hour or more for lunch (yes — on work days! #gasp!) and spend it chatting (no, not about work) and enjoying the sun (or the outdoor heating lamp) at one of the many fantastic indoor-outdoor restaurants in this city.
9- Lyon has the longest life expectancy in France
It has the longest life expectancy in France, a country with top-notch healthcare, a ban on GMO’s, and stringent chemical and food health-first regulations.
10- Fresh baguettes for under a buck.
Need I say more?!