I was out surfing, desperately looking for compatriots who also update their blogs; I'd love to see some funny stories or real life examples of what I experience here in Lyon. In Lyon. Ironically most Americans don't even know where Lyon is; there's no eiffel tower and no fashion capital. Why did I even choose to live in Lyon? Why not Paris.. the dream of every American girl?
In the hearts of every Francophile lies the need to explore this country.. sadly when talking about France the first thing that pops into mind is Paris. La jolie ville de Paris (the beautiful city of Paris). I personally don't really like Paris.. I went in the summer of 2009 with Bri. It was a beautiful time, sunny and warm.. I loved the museums, I loved the gastronomy.. but I truly was not a fan of the hundreds of thousands of tourists swarming around. Every place I went there were groups of tourists.. along with those tourists were groups of people selling 'des souvenirs'. Mini glowing eiffel towers (tacky!), necklaces, fake purses, more mini glowing eiffel towers. Crêpes were costly, food was expensive.. It was just too much.
Then there was Lyon..
Bri is from Lyon, his family raised him in a little area just East of Lyon and he did his Masters in the city. Lyon , to me, is like what Paris was like in the 1950's.. non pretentious, no swarms of photo clicking foreigners and the gastronomy is to cry over. The best part for me is when I take a stroll down streets and not one menu is translated into English.. here the whole 'translating everything' fad has not caught on. Better yet, the laziness of the city. No rush to work or get through the day in a Westernized way.. in Lyon we have 'la vie tranquille' and we enjoy every minute of it.
I sort of am hesitant to glorify the city so much, the last thing I want is tourists catching the train and high tailing to me city.. but for living in France Lyon is so much better..
Sigh. I am going to stroll to a bouchon, hike to Fourvière and enjoy.