Dan recently had the opportunity to join a weeklong project in Lyon, France. Of course as it was a new city for us, I quickly wanted to join! So I arrived on Friday at the end of the week for a night in Lyon then the weekend in the Alps.
After Dan finished up work on Friday, I met him in the city centre where we walked around exploring. The city is really adorable – I couldn’t believe how many cafe’s, restaurants and bars there were! It’s a very small, but incredibly charming city built around the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. I wish we had more time there than just the one evening…
Lyon is known as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. It is FILLED with Michelin starred restaurants and is home to some of the most infamous culinary institutes. I’m a HUGE Anthony Bourdain fan (R.I.P.), and love to follow his recommendations as we travel around the world. One of my favourite episodes of Parts Unknown was his Lyon trip. He visited Paul Bocuse’s restaurant and was able to dine WITH Chef Paul himself! Watching Anthony Bourdain’s excitement and respect for such a chef made me want to experience those feelings as well. I had just been promoted at work, and Dan told me we were going to go out to dinner to celebrate that evening. Never did I think we’d be able to get into Paul Bocuse – but somehow Dan managed to secure a booking!!!
We indulged in the most memorable six course meal:
- Amuse-bouche de l’Auberge
- Duck foie gras terrine, ginger jelly, dried fruits chutney [Kirsten] & Traditional Lyon quenelles of pike with crayfish, Normande sauce [Dan]
- Filet of beef Rossini, Périgueux sauce [Kirsten] & Fricassee of Bresse chicken in cream sauce, morel mushrooms [Dan]
- Selection of fresh and matured cheeses from ‘La Mère Richard’
- Delicacies & Temptations
- Fantasies & Chocolates
Two things in particular stood out to me; first was the veal sweetbread that was on top of my beef filet – out of this world delicious! And secondly, was the dessert cart. I wish I was able to take better photos of them (because there were FOUR – not just ONE dessert cart!) I had a hard time containing myself and not asking for a sampling of each of the desserts offered! It was such a special evening and was by far the best meal of my life!
Part two of our trip kicked off early the next morning as we hired a car and drove off east towards the French Alps. Our plan was to arrive late morning and spend the afternoon hiking. However…the World Cup was on (and France was playing) and it was nearly 100 degrees out, so we decided to take it easy and just drive and stop in a few small villages along the way and then watch the match at a local pub.
It was such a beautiful drive climbing up and up through winding steep mountain roads, to where we stayed at a beautiful catered chalet. The house was built into the rocks. It was quite a striking mix between old/mountain rock and modern. The area even had a local friendly donkey that greeted us 🙂
The next day we set off for a full day’s hike in the alps. Dan chose a beautiful trail around one of the ski resorts with views of Mount Blanc. The weather was absolutely perfect! It was quite funny because it was about 70 degrees and sunny, but parts of our hike were still through the snow!
We love adventure trips, and this one in particular because it was such a contrasting trip – gourmet meals to trekking in the alps. It was also really cool to see this area in the summer as this was a similar area we were in the winter for our ski trip!