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1. Posted by richards6 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi everyone, just wanting to know a little bit about Lyon on France as im moving there in a few weeks for my bf to play football and freaking out

Would appreciate any feedback!!! Thankyou

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Lyon

I was there, around 13 year ago.
It is a pretty little city.
It has a lovely little square, in the centre where u can sit and have coffee.
And u can go up to the citadel, and look down on Lyon. Beautiful view

That is as much as i remember.

Mel

3. Posted by richards6 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Can you tell me anything else. So i hear there is a square? how large are we talking? could i possibly do a handstand in it? i feel a triangle would be more appropriate

4. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Lyon football fans are absolute nutters (think throwing glass at opposing fans) !!!!!!!! OL is the best team in France and arguably mainland europe (except Spain and Portugal)so if your BF has a foot in there, i take my hat off.

Other than that hugggggeeeee student population (2nd in France), and it looks pretty nice. Got a friend that lives there and she says that people there are not very friendly. But says its more a 'French thing' than 'Lyon thing' to be reserved. Also has a TGV connection to Paris, getting you there in something like 2hrs.

Sure a frenchie could help you out more.

Cheers Anth

5. Posted by richards6 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Thanks for your reply!! yeah he has been offered a spot in their side we are sill deciding as he is waiting on an offer to play nrl for balmain tigers here in oz but im keen on the change and going to france. Im a little concerned with finding work though , i only speak english , i have my certificate in child care so was thiking of looking for nannying work or something. I also have experience working in pubs over her enad have my rsa, What do you suggest? Is english well spoken over there? Sorry to drill you with questions.

6. Posted by sarah1985 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Lyon is a beautiful city, I lived in France for a year and absoloutely loved Lyon when I went there. There are a couple of squares which are at opposite ends of the city. The whole place is connected with buses, trams and an underground so transport is really easy and efficient. There is an airport nearby which is served by a budget airline so you can get cheap flights all over Europe.

As for people not being friendly I understand that French people are much more reserved than Australians (who I love - all my aussie friends are fab!) Don't let this intimidate you, if you approach people they'll generally be really nice to you - particularly if you try with the language. When you're there it's easier to pick up. There's an aussie bar in the city centre called Ayres Rock, great fun, usually packed! Don't fall into the trap of hanging around with other aussies, try to mix with locals because you'll pick up the language in no time and learn a lot too. Have a great time and good luck! (ps don't wish people good luck in french - bonne chance - because if you're superstitous that then means bad luck. Say 'merde' meaning sh*t - obviously only to friends, and then you can't say thank you for this 'merde' because that's bad luck too! All things you'll pick up and learn to love!)

The food is awesome in Lyon, possibly the best in the world and the wine from the cotes de rhone area is fantastic!

7. Posted by menton1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Lyon is a wonderful city, and it is quite large. It is beautifully situated straddling 2 rivers, the Saone is a little more placid than the Rhone. Great local food at the "Bouchons" , although get ready for a lot of offal on the menus.

Take the funicular to the top of the Old City, with newer ornate church up there, and great views. Lovely architecture on the new pedestrian bridge over the Saone. The big square on the center island is Place Bellecour, a nice expanse, a good place to chill out and have a coffee at one of the cafes lining the square.

The best secret in Lyon is the Traboules little "secret" passageways through the old buildings. What looks like a residential entrance is actually a Traboule, and it is peaceful and interesting. Get the locations from the Office de Tourisme.

And please report back here after you have settled in, and give us some tales and facts about Lyon.

Bon voyage!

8. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting richards6

Thanks for your reply!! yeah he has been offered a spot in their side we are sill deciding as he is waiting on an offer to play nrl for balmain tigers here in oz but im keen on the change and going to france. Im a little concerned with finding work though , i only speak english , i have my certificate in child care so was thiking of looking for nannying work or something. I also have experience working in pubs over her enad have my rsa, What do you suggest? Is english well spoken over there? Sorry to drill you with questions.

Ahhhhh rugby, all that i previously said refers to football(soccer). So can be disregarded.

Nanny work hmmmmm google "au pair" + lyon. but everyone i know that is an "au pair" lives with the family, no on their own, so its more for girls on their own.

And from what i've heard English is not spoken much over there, only by a few business men which want to show off on the metro. Ive been trying to convince my friend to say "lollies" in a shop eg 'je voudrais des lollies s.v.p' but she still hasn't and she says she doesnt really speak english in her daily routine, but a lot of young people learn it and im sure would be more than happy to speak with you.

Cheers Anth

9. Posted by menton1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

And from what i've heard English is not spoken much over there

Yes, it is France, and they speak French there, it's their native language. Do they speak any French in Australia?

10. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting menton1

And from what i've heard English is not spoken much over there

Yes, it is France, and they speak French there, it's their native language. Do they speak any French in Australia?

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