Senior Citizen Travel to Lyon, France

Jul 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

I recall well one of my 31 trips to France over a three-week period compliments of the three major French book publishers.  We had visited a very noisy nuclear power plant, a car manufacturing plant, a butter factory, publishing houses and much more.  Then we headed for Lyon, the third largest city in France.  Lyon is renown for its super cuisine.  Even more so than Paris, Lyon has the “best food” in all of France. 

We (three of us) were taken on a short walk from our hotel to a very small restaurant.  It was crowded. I knew that their intent was to impress us with a super meal here in Lyon.  I was not all that impressed with the location nor the interior ambience.  When the food came however, I then knew that were in for an unforgettable experience for our palates.  It was magnificent.  I can not recall in all my visits to restaurants in France a more appealing taste nor “présentation” as they call it in French.  Of course the best know chef in all of France is located in Lyon.  His name is Paul Bocuse.
Frommers writes this of Bocuse… “Paul Bocuse is one of the world’s most famous chefs. He specializes in regional cuisine, though long ago he was the leading exponent of nouvelle cuisine (which he later called “a joke”). Because Bocuse, who is now in his 70s, is gone at least part of the time, other chefs carry on with the mass production (for up to 180 diners) of the signature dishes that the master created. There isn’t a lot of room for variation. Tired of the conventional facades of most French restaurants, Bocuse commissioned a local artist to paint the history of French cuisine. The tale begins in the 1700s and proceeds through the years to its “defining moment” — a depiction of Bocuse himself.  You can begin your meal with the famous black-truffle soup, and then try one of the most enduring dishes in the Bocuse repertoire: Bresse chicken cooked in a pig’s bladder (don’t even think about the bladder…just the finest chicken in France from Bresse). Other options include roast pigeon in puff pastry with baby cabbage leaves and foie gras, and red snapper served in a potato casing. A boutique sells Bocuse’s preferred wine, cognac, jams and jellies, coffees and teas, and cookbooks.
For your information:
Paul Bocuse
40 rue de la Plage, Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or
Pont de Collonges
Main courses 34€-160€ ($49-$232); fixed-price menu 125€-200€ ($181-$290) so bring a “packed wallet.”
I had the pleasure several years ago of planning a “gastronomic treat” for a surgeon friend and his wife in France.  They wanted to “dine properly” for two weeks in France going from one fine cuisine to another.  I had to do some research for that trip as I was not accustomed to finding this type of cuisine.  It was memorable and tons of fun.  I was sure that their livers would be challenged daily and they were. Do try one or two of these as you select a region in France.  Here is one option in Paris, or another here.  If it is your first trip to France, here are some hints on what to expect and it is good to know these prior to your arrival.  jeb

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