Here are a few gems that I’ve found either by pre planning, or just by stumbling upon them whilst exploring… enjoy!
My first recommendation is probably one from all the guide books and “to do’s” in Lyon but I wanted to point it out as it’s well worth a visit.
THE MUSEUM OF CIMEMA AND MINIATURES
Loads of genuine film memorabilia from the classics right up to modern day, with everything from small props like wands from “Harry Potter”, to full scale robotics from “Alien”. There was a delivery of a Jurassic park dinosaur being unpacked when I visited, and a display case of the fabulous costumes from “The Hunger Games”
The second half of the museum is dedicated to fantastic miniatures by artist Dan Olhmann, beautifully reproduced at a fraction of the scale of real life. They often have displays of miniatures that have been used as prototypes in film pitches, or used in animation. “Fantastic Mr Fox” was coming soon when I visited.
Whist in the old town, grab an ice cream from Terre adélice, and if you’re feeling brave their list of savoury flavours is pretty impressive! I tried both their pumpkin & roasted chestnut.
Lyon is jam packed with creative restaurants, cafes and bars all with intriguing interiors crammed with retro memorabilia. Look up l’epicerie for a cute lunch spot, or my favourite LA LIMONADE DE MARINETTE, a retro packaging lover’s dream (or over-excited nostalgia if you’re visiting with your mum!)
If you’re hungry for more, check out my Pinterest board.
*I personally love using Pinterest / Spotted by Locals.com (great app) / reading Lonely Planet travel guides & magazines but there are plenty more websites and publishers to chose from, these are not the opinions of Hallmark.