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Lyon (CitySpots) Paperback – 12 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing (12 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184848058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848480582
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.7 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the savvy city breakers' pocket guide to seeing and doing more in Lyon - France's gastronomic centre - with a fun-seeking and cost-conscious slant. It features practical accommodation, restaurant and nightlife listings to suit varied budgets and tastes; imaginative suggestions that reveal the city's hidden gems; and a compact format that quickly locates the top must-see and do attractions.


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I bought this little book for a 3 night break in Lyon via the Eurostar and found it invaluable. It is small enough to fit into a pocket, but is packed full of information.

The book is divided into a number of sections
- Introducing Lyon (when to go, Festival of Lights, history, lifestyle, culture
- Making the Most of Lyon (shopping, eating and drinking, entertainment and nightlife, sport and relaxation, accomodation, the best of Lyon, suggested itineraries, something for nothing, when it rains, on arrival)
- The City of Lyon (Vieux Lyon, Presqu'ile, Croix-Rousse)
- Out of Town (Perouges, Vienne)
- Practical Information (Directory, Emergencies)
- Maps (Lyon, Lyon transport map, Vieux Lyon, Presqu'ile, Croix-Rousse, Lyon Region)

The book is very helpful on what to expect when you arrive by plane, train or road, and how to get around Lyon.

After the opening summaries about various aspects of life in Lyon and the history of the town the book tackles Lyon in three parts - Vieux Lyon (the old town), Presqu'ile (the peninsula between the two rivers) and Croix-Rousse. Each section is accompanied by a map which is more than adequate for getting around (but order the excellent Michelin map of Lyon if you want more detail). A short summary about each area is provided, followed by "Sights and Attractions", "Culture", "Retail Therapy", "Taking a Break" (cafes etc), and "After Dark" (Restaurants and bars and clubs).

The restaurant section was particularly useful. We arrived at 4pm on a Thursday night and went to have a beer with this book to consider our options.
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This book was very helpful when we visited the city at the end of last month. It's a good size, fits nicely in a pocket. It gives a little information on the (rich) history of the city, and the maps are handy, not quite detailed enough for my taste, but all the main streets are there. It is quite a general guide, but supplements information that I found on the web. The restaurant section was very good - we visited several that are recommended in the guide - but perhaps there should have been a few 'cheap eats' included - we found everything expensive generally.

I do recommend Lyon (City Spots) though, and I've decided I prefer Lyon to Paris (it's more laid-back) and so hopefully will be going again soon, and taking the book with me.
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I loved this book. When I was looking for a book on Lyon there was precious little to choose from written in English so thought I was just settling - I was wrong. The book is TINY but is fabulous - it has so much in it (just like the city itself). The book has so much useful information for its size and it feels like the person who wrote this really loves the city.

I cannot comment on the accuracy of information on accomodation or most of the restaurants that were listed as I did not use the book for that purpose. But in terms of city information and permanent attractions it's great. The first part - intro, history, and tips on Lyon - really whets your appetite for the place.

Area guides are great, and the little street maps are good. Very well laid out pages given its size. Fits in the pocket and you can refer to it easily. Great to read on the plane as it doesn't overwhelm.Has a metro map and also little language tips dotted around too.

Supplemented with local tourist information (i.e. bus routes and current attractions) and any online searches specific for your particular tastes you don't need anything else. I'll be taking this same little book on a return trip if I'm lucky enough to go again, no doubt about it.
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