Saving the best for last, possibly. Lyon is every foodie’s dream destination and only a 2 hour train ride from Geneva. It’s so surreal to be able to hop on a train in Europe and turn up in a different country in a really short time. It’s only an hour by express train too. I kind of miss that – over here it takes more than 5 hours to get to the other side of the country by air. Australia is pretty massive.
All French cities seem to have their own vibe. Lyon is pretty chilled out, but then again we went there at the height of the local holiday season and half the shops were shut. The nice thing though, is that there weren’t many queues for things, the city wasn’t packed with people and it is easy to get a seat at local bouchons without a booking. If they are open, that is. Luckily for us, half the places on my list were and considering that there is enough on my list to last me a month and we were only there for two days, we were well covered for food. A must-visit are the famous Paul Bocuse Les Halles markets and kitchen store Michel et Cie that sells just about anything you can imagine.
I found out on this trip that despite the strict Australian import laws, you can actually bring back raw milk cheese! This is awesome news for W who has been craving some. You can actually get them from a small handful of local producers now, but they are so hard to find here. There are two amazing fromageries in Les Halles: Fromagerie Mons, where we found W some amazing camembert, and the unmissable Mère Richard, where the local Saint Marcellin is a definite must-try. So good. Fingers crossed I make it back there again next year :)