Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 122
The Virtuoso Life
Clockwise from left: Lyon
at dusk; Randy and Lea Ney
(second and third from right)
with their group, and local
institution Paul Bocuse.
des Tissus) has a special focus on Lyon's silk
industry. "It's a ten out of ten - it might not
sound terribly exciting, but it's very special,"
Randy says. Lea recommends picking up
beautiful mementos, such as colorful scarves,
at the museum gift shop.
For a deep culinary dive, book a cooking
lesson and lunch with chef Anthony Bonnet
at the Cour des Loges hotel. "We had the
best mashed potatoes we'd ever eaten - so
smooth and light, with tons of butter, of
course! In Lyon, the food is simple but taken
to a new level," Lea says.
Bocuse, one of the most famous chefs in
France, is based in Lyon. "His Michelin threestar restaurant, Paul Bocuse, was electric -
the decor, food, and service," Randy says. "We
visited Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, a
food market named in his honor, and didn't
want to leave. If you live in Lyon and want the
best fruits, vegetables, and seafood, as well
as great restaurants, you go here."
DISPATCHES FROM VIRTUOSO INSIDERS
Beyond Paris: A culinary delight.
The third-largest city in France, Lyon has
long delighted gastronomes. Now, the city is
piquing travelers' interest with Rhône River
cruises that begin and end in Lyon. Houstonbased travel advisor Randy Ney and his wife,
Lea, explored the city after a week in Paris.
Here, their favorite discoveries.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
WHY GO: "For a sophisticated, well-traveled
diner who is passionate about cooking and
food, Lyon is a wonderful place to be," says
Lea, "and it's a perfect addition before or
DON'T MISS: The Museum of Textiles (Musée
LUNCH BREAK: "A bouchon is to Lyon as a bistro is
to Paris," Randy says. "It's a food-driven small
restaurant, often family- or chef-owned." He
recommends Daniel et Denise Saint-Jean
TIP: "Pace yourself to have a break between
meals," says Lea. Her suggestion: Wander the
charming old town and city center, with its
2,000 years of history.
(LYON) VWALAKTE/GETTY IMAGES, (GROUP) RANDY AND LEA NEY,
(PAUL BOCUSE) RICOCHET64/GETTY IMAGES
LYON'S CULINARY KING: Ninety-one-year-old Paul