Lyon, France

My first hours in Lyon may have been inauspicious in a gastronomic sense, but they were just as satisfying as a dish of raviolis d'escargots: a hot snack, a decent wine and the honor of meeting a high official of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002272" title="Jim Morrison" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jim-morrison-PEHST002272.topic">Jim Morrison</a> Fan Club. Lyon couldn't have said bienvenue and bon appetit any better.<br>
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As French cities go, Lyon seems slightly quirky, a bit less formal than, say, Paris or Nice -- except when certain high-end restaurants require it.<br>
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And, of course, the bouchons here won't let you go hungry. A bouchon is a casual cafe with menus (or slate boards) heavy on local specialties, literally heavy: fried stomach, pork sausage, veal sausage, pig-intestine sausage, sheep trotters, calf brain ...<br>
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-- Robert Cross<br>
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Read more: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw-lyonfrance-sns-12apr07,1,1167210.story">A taste of Lyon</a><br>
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<i>Pictured: The Lyon Opera House</i>

( Philippe Ruault / Pritzker Prize )

My first hours in Lyon may have been inauspicious in a gastronomic sense, but they were just as satisfying as a dish of raviolis d'escargots: a hot snack, a decent wine and the honor of meeting a high official of the Jim Morrison Fan Club. Lyon couldn't have said bienvenue and bon appetit any better.

As French cities go, Lyon seems slightly quirky, a bit less formal than, say, Paris or Nice -- except when certain high-end restaurants require it.

And, of course, the bouchons here won't let you go hungry. A bouchon is a casual cafe with menus (or slate boards) heavy on local specialties, literally heavy: fried stomach, pork sausage, veal sausage, pig-intestine sausage, sheep trotters, calf brain ...

-- Robert Cross

Read more: A taste of Lyon

Pictured: The Lyon Opera House

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