and Brasseries Georges
21.08.2010 - 21.08.2010 31 °C
I fell asleep twice while on the train from Marseille to Lyon. I obviously needed the rest. We had so much luggage to get off the train and then it was a matter of getting ourselves to our new hotel. We took the tram which got us there very quickly. And did I mention that it was hot, really really hot. 35 degrees at least. No breeze. As I had a look at our surroundings I saw a fairly modern looking city. Clean and it felt very different than Marseille. It was quite noticeable when walking on the streets. Lyon feels more like Vancouver or Seattle at least on my initial impression.
The Hotel Axotel Perrache is a really nice hotel and it is located just a few blocks from the tram station. Our room is very nice and the colours are orange and red and yellow. Small room but all the amenities including a tv that works well. Air conditioning, wifi, shower and a desk and nice twin beds. Most up to date lodging for us as I wanted something a little higher end for the last leg of our trip. Very cool exterior which has to be checked out on the website. www.hotel-axotel-perrache-lyon.federal-hotel.com.
After we arrived in Lyon we were hit by such an intense heat it was hard to fathom how hot it could possibly be. We each had a shower and got settled in our room and then headed out shortly after 7 pm to go to the Brasserie Georges for dinner. I had wanted to go to this restaurant when we got to Lyon and had no idea it was only a few blocks from the hotel I booked. How fortunate is that.
The Brasserie Georges was established in 1836. That’s no typo as the restaurant has been around for almost 200 years. www.brasseriegeorges.com. They have a poster listing all the famous people that have eaten there in the past. Some were Ernest Hemingway (he sure gets around), Edith Piaf, Auguste Rodin, and Jean Paul Sartre. Just think that all these people once walked on the same floor that we did tonight.
We each had a beer to start. We had olives with our beer and I have really come to like the olives as I have had several different varieties in my travels in France. I ordered the onion soup as this is one of their specialties. It was very good, flavourful and not salty. Too much cheese though and the portion was big. Didn’t finish it as I wanted to make sure I could eat my entree.
Margy ordered the Suprême de pintade farci au jambon cru et emmenthal, risotto aux cèpes and I ordered the Volaille de Bresse farcie au foie gras, poché aux légumes de saison, sauce fleurette au porto. With our meal we had half a carafe of red wine (37.5 cl rather than the usual 50 cl).
We finished dinner around 9 pm and then slowly walked our way back to the hotel. Off to bed and we have a busy day tomorrow, just as soon as we figure out exactly what we are going to do.