Early August in Lyon: sunny, scenic and… somewhat deserted! Between mid-July and the start of the September, thanks to the bank holidays, summer heat and school break, many French employees leave the city on grandes vacances. Whilst it might have left me with a slightly skewed view of the city, you’ll find no complaints here about quieter roads, space on the metro, quick(er) seating and service at restaurants.
In my new role in marketing, I spent a week in Lyon for training at Esker’s head office in
Villeurbanne: a slick, modern building overlooking Parc de la Tete d’Or, usually home to over 300 employees.
The training itself had us working with and meeting colleagues from across Esker’s teams and office locations throughout the week, as well as exploring and understanding our solutions and technology.
And at the end of a long day in the office – time to enjoy the so-called ‘capital of gastronomy’ and explore the historic sights. My recommendation? Take the funicular up to Fourvière for spectacular views across the city; make time to go inside the basilica to see the dazzlingly ornate mosaics and gilt work. Then head back into the old town for a menu du jour, washed down with plentiful French wine.