2011 Trip in France – a Quick Look

A quick look at some of the sights and events from our trip to France in 2011…

We visited Paris, the Lauragais near Toulouse, Lyon, the Jura, Provence, and Collioure near the border with Spain. In Provence, we rented a house right in the center of a small village, Cucuron, for two weeks… a wonderful spot with many great local people, but many problems with the house – more on this later…

Please see other posts for more info on our trip.

À bientôt…

Des Galets Bleus la Nuit Restaurant – Lyon (4th arr)

One of our favorite restaurants in Lyon, France, is owned and operated by a Paul Bocuse-trained chef, Brigitte Appaix. Here she explains how her resto came to be, and her commitment to fine, but not fancy, dining. Hosted by Courtney Spring, shot & edited by Don Connors; subtitles in French and English (when needed). I shot this video while staying in Lyon for two months in 2010 – one of many restos in this often tourist-overlooked city.

CAP Épices – Croix-Rousse (4th arr)

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

One of the best spice shops in Lyon, specializing in Tagine spices from Africa, as well as olives and tapenades from the south of France. If you are planning to do some cooking during your stay in Lyon, CAP Épices is a must-visit destination.

Courtney Spring takes us on another taste treat trip!

CAP Épices
10, Bis Rue de Cuire
69004 LYON
Tel: +336 14 80 03 47

La Vieille Réserve Wine Shop – Lyon (1st arr)

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

In this video, NotesOnFrance Field Producer Courtney Spring takes us to meet the manager of one of Lyon’s many fine wine shops. While including wine from many regions of France, its specialty is both the Rhone Valley wines and the wines of Beaujolais.

Whether you’re planning a last-minute picnic in one of Lyon’s many beautiful parks, or an elegant dinner party, the experts at La Vieille Réserve can help you choose an excellent wine.

La Vieille Réserve Wine Shop
1, Place Tobie Robatel
69001 LYON
Tel: +334.78.28.69.98

Les Chocolats Bernard Dufoux (Lyon 2nd arr)

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

A great chocolate shop and company in business for over 50 years. Here you will find every type of luscious, quality chocolate for any palette and any occasion – guilty pleasure at its finest.

Enjoy this treat with Courtney Spring.

Les Chocolats Bernard Dufoux
15, rue des Archers
69002 LYON
Tel: +334.72.77.57.95

Boulanger des Chartreux – (Lyon 1st arr) Interview with English Translation

Courtney Spring

Courtney Spring

When first arriving in Lyon, NotesOnFrance Field Producer Courtney Spring went on a quest to find the best baguette in town. She found one — and much more — at a boulangerie close to home on the Croix-Rousse hillside.

(Link to original interview in French here).

Boulanger des Chartreux
49 Rue des Chartreux
69001 LYON
Tel: 04.37.26.04.04

Getting Around Lyon: The Video

When arriving in Lyon, it is a pleasure to discover ways to get to around this beautiful city. Watch our Getting Around video for a quick overview:

Lyon is a crossroads in south eastern France. Since Roman times, Lyon has served as the crossroads of what is now France. Its two rivers have transported people and goods for centuries. Today, Lyon is a European hub with two major TGV stations, and its airport is international. It has a network of metros (subways) buses and trams that covers the entire city. There’s even a funicular that goes up and down the hill at Fourvière.