Travelling has always sought a top position in the list of my interests therefore when I got selected for my International sight-seeing photography assignment with a few others, I took no time to accept and avail the offer.

We settled upon exploring a small city in east-central France for our project, in the Rhone-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille, called Lyon. Frankly, we knew nothing much about the area except that it shared boundaries with great places known to possess heaven-on-earth.

The weather in Lyon does not reach extremes which made our trip all the more exciting without much hassle. We spotted high quality silk during our journey, and upon discovery found out that the city was historically known to be an important place for the production and weaving of silk. Off course, we did stuff our luggage with this lure.

Lyon is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We began our tour with the visit to ‘Parc de la Tete d’Or’, a park in central Lyon, which attracts a large number of tourists, both local and foreign, everyday. The place houses a zoo, lake and various types of sports facilities alongwith holding the most prominent green spaces; featuring plants, rose gardens, a large greenhouse and also a botanical garden. Interesting statues also captivated our focus at Tete d’Or.

The other day we visited ‘Notre Dame de Fourviere’, the name of which reminded me of a great novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ whose story was centered on this same great place. The building sits on a hill overlooking Lyon, surrounded by a region termed ‘Fourviere’, that offer stunning views of the city.

We got the privilege of tasting some exotic and pure Chinese food in Lyon since it possess the largest China Town in France outside of Paris, stretching over a considerable area housing many shops and restaurants.

Among a few other attractions we come by were the ‘Cathedrale St. Jean’, which is perhaps the only main church in Lyon along with the famous, pleasing and alluring River Rhone, all being a worthwhile sight-seeing spot for tourists.

Our stay was quite limited but we had unlimitedfun. It is an amazing city to visit on a budget since many of its sight-seeing spots can be visited for free. It is worth concluding that Paris does not remain the only worthwhile urban destinations in France anymore. Only if people would chose, they would be able to find a more adaptable, attractive, affordable and a heavenly place than Paris, that they call Lyon.

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