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To Lyon, With An Appetite

Hungry for culinary adventure in the gastronomie capital of France

So, my friend Sordello and I have decided to spend our post-Palio weekend in France in Lyon. Given that we arrive in France on a Friday afternoon (July 3) and leave for the US on the following Monday, it didn’t make sense to spend a lot of time trying to get somewhere. Both of us love to eat, so going to France’s second-biggest city, and its gastronomic capital, makes sense.

Really, though, Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show episode on Lyon, with Daniel Boulud, put things over the top. I’ve watched it three times on Netflix streaming. I want to go eat at a bouchon or two (or three), and I want to make a pilgrimage to Reynon the traiteur, and taste his saucisson à cuire. I think this must be the first time I’ve ever chosen a travel destination solely for the purpose of eating.

Been to Lyon? Where should we stay? Where should we eat? Talk to me.