Lyon, France

Samantha Brown takes off for the culinary capitol of France - if you're thinking Paris.you're wrong! France's second largest city, Lyon has earned this weighty reputation by being the hub of surrounding regions famous for wine, meat, cheese, and all kinds of fresh produce. So when it comes to food, you would expect people here, like in all of France, to take their food seriously. But Samantha's mission is to find out what is it about Lyon that is unexpected. Sam's first stop takes her behind the facade of buildings in historic Old Town to explore the maze of hidden passageways, courtyards and spiraling staircases.She'll also discover that things aren't always as they seem when she stares up at the Silk Workers Wall - a multi-story mural painted in the tromp-l'oeil style - which means to fool the eye. She'll see why silk became a hot commodity in Lyon by stepping inside a 250 year old silk weaving factory. And she'll take a hand in telling the story of how a little puppet became one of Lyon's biggest celebrities. A two-wheeled tour around town, and sitting down with friends to sample Lyon's version of "diner food" are also on her itinerary. Samantha discovers that Lyon, France is a city at ease with itself, and that allows travelers to relax and savor the unexpected.

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