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“In Lyon, the true light does not come from above, but from below”. Frédéric Dard

France’s second-largest city has a whole jumble of factoids to its name. It was once a centre for silk production, and continues to be famous for its wine. But it also played a role in the emergence of cinema, and has become the food capital of France. Probably the last three have caught your attention.

Hailed even by Parisian chefs, Lyon’s eateries are a gastronomic dream. Over 150 Michelin star restaurants dot the streets, as well as renowned bakeries. Before you have your fill, make your way to one of the city’s world-renowned museums, or the maze-like, 4th-century streets of the silk district. The world’s first cinematograph is at the Lumiere Institute. If visiting in December, don’t miss the Festival of Lights, which can only be described as a phantasmagoria. Other sights in this UNESCO Heritage city include the Fourvière Basilica, the Renaissance district Vieux Lyon, and innumerable lush gardens.

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