Christmas in France

May 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

We’ve been to Paris for Christmas so this year we decided to go a little further south -to Lyon and Avignon. Christmas day when we arrived on the Air France flight to Charles de Gaulle a staff member dressed as Père Noël saw us off the plane and into France. When the next plane arrived at the Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport we took the train into Part Dieu, noticing that the Lyon suburbs must be the home of the French graffiti taggers. We then made our way to the Hotel Carlton Lyon in the Presqu’île district.

After getting over the jetlag and lack of sleep with a short nap we took a walk around the Presqu’île, a neighborhood with lots of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. This area celebrates the Christmas season with brightly and imaginably lit streets, a carousel for the kids and a large, brightly lit Ferris wheel.

We spent four nights in Lyon and then rented a car to drive to Avignon , where we stayed three nights. We explored Avignon, took a day trip to Arles and returned to Lyon via the back roads and Orange. We stayed one night in Lyon and then back to the U.S.



Each section of the commercial district in Lyon was festooned with bright lights that went for blacks and blocks.










The Ferris wheel




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