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Lyon

Lyon Travel Guide


Lyon is the second most popular city in France as well as one of the best spot for vacations. However, Lyon is an important city in France and it has valuable and esteemed history.

Historically, Lyon used to be famous of its economy especially on silk. Because of the silk, there are many beautiful Renaissance buildings around the town. In the present time, Lyon became more industrial than before and shows a good example of a usual working city in French. Other than that, Lyon is also a base for lots of European and French companies, a transport hub and the Headquarters of Interpol.

Moreover, the old town of Lyon is compressed under the hill of Fourviere. It is a maze of small passages (traboule) and streets which is starts at the centre of pedestrian zone of Rue St-Jean and ends at the Cathedral St. Jean, a 12th century built cathedral church. Not far away from the cathedral, in front of Pont Bonaparte and avenue Adolphe-Max, tourists can go the furnicular station and the Viux Lyon metro to discover the Roman remains in Lyon. This includes two remarkable excavated theatres. In addition, the Musée Gallo-Romain et Parc Archéologique de Fourvière is situated here. The 16th century built, Hotel Paterin is one of the most stunning buildings in Lyon. The Basilique de Fourviere also offers excellent sceneries Lyon’s surrounding area from the top.

There are many places of interest in Lyon such as Theatre de Guignol, a place of puppet performances; Musee de la Marionnette, Musee Historique de Lyon, and the Musee d’Art Contemporain.


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Marseille

Marseille Travel Guide


Marseille is described as the most important Mediterranean port of France. However, Marseille is more like a partisan city. The city has many ethnic populations especially from North America. Historically, its characteristics of low profile and multi ethnicity since 2500 years have turned Marseille into a famous trading centre.

From a 154 meters high hill, Notre Dame de la Garde dominates the city and the famous old port, known as the Vieux Port. The 1853 Roman Byzantine style basilica with its bell tower and the dome is really amazing. The bell tower is capped with a lovely golden statue of Virgin Mary.
The past Vieux Port presently has become the place where tourists and visitors rent boats for fishing and cruising. The entrance of Vieux Port is safeguarded by the Bas Fort St Nicholas, which was built by the Knights Templar in 13th century.
Through Vieux Port, tourists can discover the La Canabiere, a district of tourist shops, cheap hotels, seedy bars and lots of restaurants. The more people go to the port, the livelier the environment becomes.

Due to its strong cultural elements, Marseille has many museums scattered around the city such as Musee d’Histoire de Marseille, Musee de la Faience (for porcelains), Musee De Beaux Arts (which is housed in the unbelievable Palais Lonchamps), Musee Grobet Labadie (Objects and royal furniture d’art), and Musee Cantini (mainly focused on modern arts).
The reputation of Marseille as a disgraceful violent place arises mostly from its nightlife and liberal attitude. However, Marseille is a lively and fascinating place where the French locals are friendly.


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Glasgow

Glasgow travel guide


Glasgow is the third most recognized city for tourists in United Kingdom and obtained an award of European City of Culture during 1990’s. Glasgow is similar to Scottish towns due to its similar characteristics. Glasgow has a significant industrial heritage since the 6th Century. Other than that, Glasgow became a perfect initiation point for stunning and amazing highlands of Scotland.However, it is recommended for tourists to leisurely walks in Clydeside city to experience the distinctive atmosphere live up Glasgow. There are quite a few of places of interest in Glasgow. The luxury confidentially cumulative collections in Europe can be found in the Burrell Collection. The most visited entertainment area, which is well equipped and restored back, is located at St. Andrew Square. Glasgow Cathedral is a clean example of the architecture of Reformation Gothic ages. George Square became the main base of sculptures and statues of well-known people who have been related with Glasgow. The museum of bagpipes, which mostly represents the culture of Scottish. Celtic Football Centre became the place where tourists can observe its success in its glorious years. The Tenement House is a district of houses that came from the middle class city mainly in the early 19th to early 20th century. While, in luxurious Victorian cathedral and Kelvingrove museum and art gallery fascinated and amazed many visitors. There are many pubs and restaurants to be found anywhere in Glasgow for those who prefers a fine whisky or cuisines for their day.


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