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Trip Report Lyon: La Confluence and other stories

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My usual trips to Lyon aren't worthy of trip reports (I know I'm being presumptuous by thinking that this one may be) however I've just come back from a visit that may have some vague use for people who may be heading to Lyon at some point in the future.

My usual trips to Lyon consist of catching up with family and friends, eating and drinking far too much, a little light shopping and visiting whatever old haunts remain from my student days. Due to an ever-expanding family (and as we still want to be welcome during our visits) rather than stay with family or friends, we now rent flats during the summer months (low season for Lyon) and decided to stay in a hotel during this latest visit over Christmas and the new year.

As it would be the first time for us as a family staying in a hotel in Lyon for an extended period, we of course did the sensible thing and left everything to the last minute. Once my wife and I came to terms with the fact that the four of us would be sharing a room for a week (the sorrow-drowning properties of Cotes du Rhone come highly recommended) we started our search in earnest.

Following an evening's search, we settled on the Novotel Lyon Confluence ( which, for reasons that would become clear, had a room rate of €55 a night. Six nights for €330? We didn't debate it either and booked it immediately. We were also keen to see how the Confluence area of Lyon was developing, following a few visits on previous trips over the course of its massive re-development (overseen by Herzog and de Meuron), which is apparently the first of its kind.

Following a couple of days with family in Haute Saone, we loaded the car up with the presents that Papa Noel had been kind enough to leave under the tree on the first stop of our "Create a Toys R Us competitor in one easy step" tour and headed down to Lyon.

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