I live in an exceptionally beautiful part of Lyon called Croix-Rousse! Thereʼs a farmerʼs market every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and itʼs the most wonderful farmerʼs market you could ever go to! There are wonderful fruits and vegetables, of course, but there are some vendors who also sell beautiful clothing, pottery, jewelry, and other handmade creations. I can spend a whole weekday morning just wandering around the wonderful stands (and I have spent many weekday mornings doing just that!).
If you meander through the market and end up near the Metro station, youʼll also reach a great viewing point where you can sit on a bench and look out at all of Lyon. I like to bring a book and some of my notes from class and just eat one of the fresh apples from the farmerʼs market. I also like to buy a baguette and some “jambon” (ham) and make sandwiches for lunch every week. I eat very well here.
For the athletes (or the casual jogger, like myself), Croix-Rousse is also a great place for a jog. Youʼll see several people running up and down the streets here, and thereʼs even a great track just around the corner from where I live. Croix-Rousse is exceptional in this respect, because there are not a lot of places you can go in France where youʼll see a log of joggers. People are thin here, but they are not typically athletic-looking. In the states, I see much more athletic-looking people, but there is also (of course) a lot of obesity.
Another reason why I love Croix-Rousse (and a reason you wonʼt find in tour guide books) is the local merchant just down the street. When I first came to Lyon, I knew no one and this local merchant was the first person I met and talked with. Heʼs very patient with my French and genuinely very nice and welcoming. When I buy something at the store, he always takes time to ask me how Iʼm doing and (sometimes) to teach me a little bit about French. People are very nice here!
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