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Bologna quesitons... Would you live there? Where to stay?

Bologna quesitons... Would you live there? Where to stay?

Jan 5th, 2012, 07:04 AM
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Wow, I just read the Bill Buford article about living in Lyon.

Very interesting, particularly since we are at this moment spending a month in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is over-run by foreigners.

Lyon sounds like a totally different food universe. Or a different universe entirely.

There's a lot to say about the existing expat community and what drew them to a place to start with (e.g., Hong Kong is filled with bankers and executives on 2-year contracts, Thailand with backpackers and seedy drop-outs and other folks of course, Provence with romantic retirees?).

So who are the expats in Lyon?

Worth thinking about whether or not we would like being one of a handful of foreigners or part of separate expat culture. Having tried the latter, I'm wondering about the former.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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The centre of Bologna is mediaeval and lovely, not industrial at all - the industry is on the outskirts. I like it a lot and would happily live there. As Zeppole said, the centre is not really sunny due to the narrow ancient streets and porticoes - but that's equally true of any historic city centre in Italy. There are squares, of course, where you get more chance to sit in the sun.

We really liked the Hotel Paradise and it has apartments across the street, I believe.

As for the 'ultimate walking city', surely that would be Venice ? Many people seem to think the food isn't good in Venice and it's true that it's not a great foodie capital like Bologna, but good food is there if you make any effort at all - we've never had a bad meal in a total of 8 weeks there so far - and it has a wonderful range of seafood available.

I didn't much care for Lyons which is a big busy city with not much charm IME - but Bocuse has to be done once for the sheer campness of it
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