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Friday, September 16, 2005

Day 5: Paris - Fountainebleau - Beaujolais - Lyon

This morning we set off for Lyon. We woke up early at around 7, half an hour to pack our bags, another half an hour for breakfast, and off we go. This would be the routine for the rest of the trip. On the way to Lyon we stopped at Fountainebleau and Beaujolais for wine tasting.

It is the second grandest palace after Versailles. Here we just stopped for half an hour to get some snacks, drinks, and toilet break. But it was still enough time for us to take photos from the entrance of the palace.

Our wine tasting was held at Contiki chateau in this area.

A whole lot of grapevines

Wine tasting session

Contiki chateau

Lyon is a gastronomical city. So once we checked-in to our hotel and freshen up, we walked to the old town of Lyon to have dinner. None of us knew that the journey would take us more than half an hour but it was a good way to see the city. We passed some shops, sculpture of Ampere (the physicist) and took a good picture of a church at the top of the hill.

City of Lyon

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

Finally we arrived at the old town. There are many restaurants along the cobble stone street. We looked at the menus outside the restaurants, and after seeing a few, it was getting harder to decide as they all offered similar items. So after seeing a few more, we gave up and just randomly chose one of them. I couldn't remember the name, but the restaurant was quite crowded, so it should be alright.

We ordered two set meals, mine started with Lyonnaise salad and bacon bits sprinkled on top. It was the best salad I've ever had. I think it was the special dressing that made it so delicious and the bacon bits were so crunchy. For main course I had the steak which was equally good and the dessert was raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream. For him, he ordered the sausage and some salad, chicken with tomato sauce and ice cream. The portion was quite big, but I finished everything :P This set meal cost around Euro 12.5 each (SGD 25) which was cheaper than the recent meals I had.

(Top to bottom) Sausage with salad and Lyonnaise salad

(Top to bottom) Chicken with tomato sauce and steak with baked potatoes

Raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream

After dinner, I was so happy to have a long walk back to the hotel. ;)

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