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Lyon-a choice destination for 4days family vacation

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Lyon-a choice destination for 4days family vacation

We are a family pf 3 adults n 2 children (aged 7&9) who are looking to spend 4 nights in a nice n beautiful small town, prior to our 5 night stay in Paris; during latter half of June '17. Would you recommend Lyon (which seems like a good choice to us), n if yes, what is best for us- to rent a car (in Paris) and drive or TVG is a better option? If you have a better suggestion than Lyon, we would appreciate your inputs in this regard.

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1. Re: Lyon-a choice destination for 4days family vacation

Lyon is not a "small town." It is the second largest city in France, after Paris. It's a great place to visit, but I m not sure that it is what you have in mind, especially with 2 children. Lyon is especially known for it's gastronomy. If you do decide to go there, you should just take the train, unless you want to visit other places in between. You will not want a car in Lyon, as it's expensive to park there and there is excellent public transportation.

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In addition to the previous reply, we are staying in a small village outside Lyon in august and have just applied for the certificat de qualité de l'air which you now need to drive in Lyon. Just another thing to bear in mind.

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4. Re: Lyon-a choice destination for 4days family vacation

Lyon may be a "city", but the core of it feels like a charming town. It depends on your perspective and what city you're from.

As visitors you would focus on the presqu'il and old town with only 4 days. A very small geographical area that is compact and walkable and beautiful.

You can take the train from Paris and don't need a car in Lyon.

Of course if you're looking for a true small town there are hundreds to choose from. Seaside, hilltops, wine region..what interests you?

PS Marseille is the 2nd largest city in France and double the population of Lyon.

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Yes, thank you poster No. 4. You are correct, Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France -- behind Paris and Marseiles -- with a population of about 500,000. And, I do agree that the central area is beautiful, charming and walkable. I am not sure, however, that Lyon would hold that much appeal to children aged 7 and 9. There is the Confluence Museum, as well as the funicular ride to the top of Fourviere Hill, and possibly the Roman ruins, that they might find of interest. Beyond that, the attractions of Lyon seem to me to have more appeal to adults. And, I say this from the perspective of someone who traveled multiple times with our son to European cities when he was between the ages of 6-10 (and older).

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Thanks a lot for your helpful responses, from which it is clear that Lyon is not an ideal choice for us. Appreciate your inputs and assistance.

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