We have really enjoyed our time here in Lyon, and it’s a city we definitely want to visit again. It’s smaller and more relaxed than Paris, but there’s certainly no shortage of interesting things to see and do. And the food was everything it’s cracked up to be. 😋
The internet connection has been a bit comme ci comme ça, and I haven’t been able to upload all of my photos yet. So I’ll post some now, some later.
Morning Farmers’ Market
Mornings start off cool, but by early afternoon it’s warm enough to lose the jacket.
I’ve been wearing those Cole Haan sneakers almost daily, and they’re awesome! So far, I’ve seen lots of sneakers…mostly classic and sleek styles. What I haven’t seen are the big, clunky “Dad-style” trainers. I’ve also noticed several women of all ages wearing sneakers that close with velcro, similar in look to these.
In addition to classic styles, I’ve also spotted some printed, embellished and glitter finishes:
I keep forgetting to mention that I never travel without 2 or 3 of the Eileen Fisher silk jersey camisoles and tanks. I wear one of these almost every day (at home too) and aside from being perfect underneath a sheer top or one with a deep V-neck, I think they also help keep my tops cleaner longer. They can be hand washed in the sink when traveling, and they hang dry overnight. (The tunic length can also work as a nightgown during warmer seasons.)
Frances and Paul had recommended a visit to the Marché Saint-Antoine, so we made a point to visit. Had we been staying in an apartment, it would have been a great place to shop!
The produce looked gorgeous! The market is held daily, in case you’re planning to visit.
Lyon And Silk
For many centuries Lyon was a center of silk production in Europe. At the top of my list to see here was the Musée des Tissus (Textile Museum) which was fabulous! Unfortunately they do not allow any photography of the exhibits, so do check out their website linked above if you’re interested. (And we’ve heard that the museum is having funding challenges and may close next year or curtail hours. So if you’ve had this on your list to visit, perhaps sooner than later would be prudent.)
After seeing some of those stunning fabrics, I was in the mood to check out the silk shops. We’d walked past Brochier Soieries a couple of times, and had read that they were one of the last two producers of silk products in the Lyon area (the other being Hermès). Their small shop is packed with silk scarves of different sizes, weights and designs. This company supplies silk scarves to museum gift shops all over the world. We’re not talking Hermès quality here, but they are quite nice.
The company has been run by the same family for four generations, and they are very proud of what they do and the silk legacy of Lyon. One of the lovely mesdames was eager to show us some of their processes, and they have a small atelier and educational display set up in the back room.
Above, the atelier where the silk velvet burnout scarves are hand-painted.
Above, she demonstrates how the velvet burnout scarves are painted by hand. Each one is unique.
And she even let me feed the silkworms they have on display. Yes, I did leave with a couple of scarves! 😉
I’m excited to be heading to Paris, but hope to get back to Lyon again soon. If you have a chance, it’s well worth a visit! I’ll share more that we saw and did in a future post.