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When to go
This unique event takes place in Lyon every December: the Fête des Lumières. At nightfall, the locals light Chinese lanterns at their windows, while artists from all over the world project their light-and-sound creations on the city's walls. This cultural event draws three to four million visitors. So, if you don't mind the crowds or the winter chill, it's a once-a-year opportunity to see the city in a different light.
Those made of less stern stuff can fall back on spring, when the days are often mild and sunny, ideal for strolling along the quayside, wandering about the traboules (secret passages) of the Old Town or climbing the steps up the Colline de Fourvière.
These activities will feel more strenuous in summer, when the temperatures reach record levels. You can always seek refuge in the shade of the trees in the Parc de la Tête-d'Or, an urban park that hosts Les Nuits de Fourvière, a festival of performing arts.
Formalities and useful addresses
Lyon Tourist Office and Convention Bureau – www.en.lyon-france.com
Only Lyon Pavilion (Tourist Office and Convention Bureau) – Pl. Bellecour – 69002 Lyon – [TEL] 04 72 77 69 69
Consulate of Canada – 18 ave du Maréchal de Saxe – 69006 Lyon – [TEL] 04 72 37 86 67
Lyon-St-Exupéry Airport – www.lyonaeroports.com
Most TGVs arrive at the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu.
Vélo'V – This self-service rent-a-bike system works via subscription (starting with a one-day subscription). 4 000 bicycles are distributed over 348 stations in Lyon, Villeurbanne and Caluire et Vaulx-en-Velin. www.velov.grandlyon.com