Lyon, reclining across two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, is France’s oldest and second-largest city. This leading European silk producer was also once famed for its printing presses and mercantilism, and today the city of Lyon is still an important business and financial hub. It is home to international organizations such as Interpol, Euronews, WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
France’s capital of gastronomy boasts over 1000 restaurants with a healthy sprinkling of Michelin stars, leaving food lovers (along with those who can’t be bothered, or don’t know how to cook) with no shortage of choice. Even so, it is advisable to book in advance; the highly sociable Lyonnaise themselves are gourmands, and the city’s tables are always filled.
Lyon is an inspiring and beautiful city to live in. A rewarding hike up to La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière reveals a visual cornucopia; the Basilique’s unique octagonal towers gaze out across the ancient city’s fusion of Roman, medieval and utopian architecture to the Croix-Rousse in the Rhone-Alpes region.
Its clear striking distance of southern Alp ski resorts and the French Riviera makes Lyon an enviable relocation destination. With the Lyon-Saint Exupéry international airport and three TGV high-speed train stations, Lyon is connected to all major European cities and rest of the world, making it an easy city from which to conduct business, or to return home to.