Looking for Mediterranean warmth, genuine hospitality, gastronomic ingenuity, and accessible, fresh wines? Try Lyon, France – a mere 2 hour TGV train ride from the cool regard of Paris.
Once there, binNotes recommends lodging at reasonable, quaint Hotel Saint Paul in Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) irreverent, affordable and superbly prepared dinner at La Nef Des Fous (check out the gold-fish bathtub between floors), and expert, english-speaking tours from Kanpai Tours, led by owner Olivier Delalande. binNotes enjoyed a jaunt through golden-stones’ heritage sites Oingt and Perouges, as well as a memorable Beaujolais Villages and Cote de Brouilly Cru wine tasting at charming Chateau du Bluizard with owners Marie Picard and David Ratignier – more on these wines in a later posting.
Lyon – the culinary heart of France – and well worth a savor. Sante!