Here I am to finally share some meaty goodness from my most recent vacation. Today's post is just ever so slightly boring just because it's got mostly logistics stirred in with a hotel review but hey, if you're looking to do a similar trip, you might learn a thing or two. By the way, if you were wondering or questioning yourself in the slightest, it's pronounced, "lee-ohn" with just the slightest hint that there's even an 'n' at the end of the word.
XL Airways which has a reputation for sucking a bit of ass, but in all honesty, it wasn't half bad. Yes, the seats were cramped, but both baby sister and I happen to be petite so we didn't have as hard a time as taller, wider people might. Due to the delay, we were given a little snack (chips, sodas, sammies), which was a nice gesture.
Since we hadn't checked any bags, we just headed straight to the trains. We took a TGV train (booked through Rail Europe) right from CDG Airport (the trains are located in the middle of Terminal 2). We booked our tickets online way ahead of time (back in February) and they were about $75 per person.
Look at the seat numbers to make sure you're plopping your tush in the right spot! We found our seats right away. I expected a train staff member to come and scan our tickets immediately after pulling out of the station (kind of like how it is on the NJ Transit trains) but actually, we didn't get scanned until about 10 minutes before our stop. Because of the late ticket scanning, you'd think you could hitch a ride for free but the train scanning is rather random (as we found out on our other train rides) and with the assigned seating, you'd be taking quite a gamble. Though, I guess you could just hang out in the dining car the entire ride.
Our hotel, Mercure Lyon La Part Dieu was literally 100 steps from the train station, which was nice and convenient.
We booked the hotel through Hotels.com for around $105 per night (which didn't include the city tax, which was something like €3 per night). The rooms were incredibly spacious by normal European standards. The beds were large and cushy and they were true queens/kings. I've been in hotels in Europe before where they promise a queen bed and it's just two twins that have been pushed next to each other.
Oh, and if you can, request a room on one of the higher floors. Though this part of the city isn't quite as beautiful as the rest (it's more industrial) we still had this lovely view which I 100% appreciated.