This region is located south east of Paris, with its main city, Lyon, 450 km from the capital. The Alps offer magnificent ski facilities in winter and some beautiful hiking and biking in summer. The word Alpinism was created there: Mont Blanc, above Chamonix remains one of the world peak most coveted by mountaineers. Beautiful alpine lakes (including lac Léman, lac d’Annecy) are enjoyed by swimmers in summer, and windsurfing was invented on the lac Léman (lake Geneva). Its ski hills make it France's most touristic region in winter. Cow cheese in the Alps, and wines (Côtes du Rhone) are some of its food specialties, and culinary traditions in Lyon are solidly established.
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Contributors: Monique M.
Sadly, as most tourist pass through Lyon, on their way from/to Paris, this beautiful town does not get the credit it deserves... But maybe that is also part of its authenticity as it is not as crammed with tourists... The old town, the roman ruins, the huge Basilica perched atop the hill, the lively center, the intriguing "traboules" (tunnels through the blocks linking the old streets through superb medieval courtyards) are enough to spend a couple of days in the town. What's more, some districts like The slopes are full of nooks and crannies where you can discover some alternative places which are a lot of fun to hang out at (boardgame cafes, chicha places...) and to be remembered : Lyon is the capital of gastronomy. In my eyes, one of 5 stops that must not be missed in France... Paris is beautiful but it is not France, more like a tourist living museum. Lyon is much more representative of France.
Go to the old city up on the hill, visit the old cathedral, admire the buildings that still have wooden hooks under the rafters that were used in silkmaking back in the day, walk the cobblestones and admire the view of the city and river.