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Anyone who's got the chance to spend some time in the city will tell you that the quality of life in Lyon is wonderful. Large enough to generate and attract all kinds of cultural events (operas, concerts, theaters, festivals, shows, exhibitions...), the city remains on a scale where one can quietly raise kids and commute to work.

Its location makes it a highly connected European hub between northern countries and the Mediterranean. It is now at two hours only from downtown Paris and 1.5 hour from the sea front by TGV (high speed train) and only 1 hour drive from the Alps mountains, allowing regular skiing and hiking in the most famous resorts in Europe.




The old city has an amazing network of pedestrianized streets interconnected by small alleys, called "traboules", where stones are full of history. Its impressive number of restaurants, pubs and show places together with the over 127,000 students of Lyon keep the streets alive even late at night.




       Every year, the 'Fete de la Lumiere' (Light Festival) of 8th December offers a magical night show all over the city.




The Gerland Park, located next to the laboratory, offers a huge area to practice sport, with a summer swimming pool and several play grounds. It houses the stadium where the famous football club 'Olympique Lyonnais' used to train and play, before a bigger stadium was built on the East side of the city. The 'Parc de la tête d'or', in the East part of the city, offers large historical gardens with a lake, a zoo, and a beautiful rose garden.



This theater, built by the romans, is still in action and welcomes the Nuits de Fourvière festival every summer, with music and night shows.





Lyon is surely one of most famous nest of French gastronomy, ranging from traditionnal meals served in the typical 'bouchons' restaurants, to the most sophisticated cuisine as the one presented in the yearly Bocuse contest.