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Did you know that you get more than food on food tours? Even though the yummy noshes are the star of the tour, food tours also include a bit of history about the city you’re eating in.
It’s like a two-for-one deal when you take a food tour, but in the case of the gourmet food tour in Lyon, there was an added bonus– electric bikes!
Gourmet Food Tour in Lyon with Electric Bikes
If you’re a bit nervous about riding a bike for a couple of hours or sticking with the group like I was, there’s nothing to worry about. The electric bikes are quite easy to ride, and you barely need to exert any effort on them even when going up a hill, which makes these bikes perfect for any age group.
As for sticking with the group, our bike tour guide, Mégane, is a professional with two rearview mirrors to keep an eye on everyone. You can go as fast as you feel comfortable going. There’s absolutely no pressure.
It’s all about enjoying the sights and the food!
As you enjoy the effortless electric bikes, the tour guide stops along the river to add some interesting historical facts.
For example, after the two revolts in Lyon by the silk workers in the 1830s, the King ordered the city to build long, straight roads, which would be easier to build up speed for horses to charge through any groups of people revolting. Luckily, there were no more revolts so the roads didn’t need to be used for this purpose and instead shaped the ebb and flow of the city to come.
Besides the facts about this gastronomic city that makes you more connected to Lyon, you get to try out the full speed of the electric bikes in this 1.1 mile (1.8 meters) long Tunnel de la Croix-Rousse.
The bikes get up to 15 miles (25km) per hour, which helps you zoom through the tunnel in no time.
I loved this bike so much that I plan on getting one for long distance trips around Europe to keep up with my husband. My poor health + an electric bike = a match for my husband’s great health on his fixed gear bike! #win
Eating Gourmet Food
at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
After conquering hills and learning of the three rivers that flow in Lyon, Saône, Rhône, and the Beaujolais (their local wine), you meet Eric for the second half of your tour at Lyon’s culinary scene, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.
Eric has a certain joie de vivre especially regarding Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, which he carries throughout the tour. In addition to the gourmet food you eat, you practically eat the joy and love he has for Les Halles de Lyon and Paul Bocuse.
On that note, you better know who Paul Bocuse is, or you’ll get a seriously shocked look from Eric! After all, Paul Bocuse is only the most popular chef in the history of gastronomy.
After Eric gives you the rundown of Les Halles, he brings you around this maze of a market to taste the best of the best, which includes chocolate, wine, pastries, meats, and cheese.
All the foods you eat are regional specialties made with the highest quality ingredients and care. You experience the true love that French people have for the food they grow and eat.
Here’s a few photos of what we had along with some things we learned!
Pro French tip: 99% of the time, you should drink white wine with cheese so that the wine does not empower the taste of the cheese. The exception is for red wine with lesser tannins.
The Jésus de Lyon cured ham and rosette pork sausage are regional Lyon specialties. My favorite was the rosette.
The green string means that the sausage has pistachios in it while a tan string shows that it’s nut-free. Good for anyone with allergies like me!
All in all, this food tour in Lyon was fantastic. I would do it again in a heartbeat especially for all that chocolate, wine, charcuterie, cheeses, local knowledge, and fun riding around on an electric bike!
Let me know if you go on the tour and what you think! xo.
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