About Maddie S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep. 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Zoos, Golf Courses, Equestrian Trails, Parks
Food Tours, Lessons & Workshops, Cooking Classes
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gift & Speciality Shops
Parks, Gardens, Playgrounds
Theme Parks, Other Outdoor Activities, Other Fun & Games
Parc de la Tete d'Or, located on the outskirts of Lyon, is an expansive park and a favorite destination for local families. The tree-lined walks wind around rose gardens and a massive lake, and the grounds boast a small zoo and even a botanic garden along the far side. Great for boating, biking, picnicking, or simply taking a stroll, this green space is a prime destination for families of all ages.
The outdoor zoo at Parc de la Tete D'Or is absolutely free to enter. It features giraffes, monkeys, lemurs, zebras, big cats, and more. Its scenic location and modern layout make it wonderful for a stroll, and families can pass a pleasant couple of hours in the charming company of the zoo's local and exotic wildlife melange.
The Aquarium de Lyon is small, but lovely. Tanks here include both freshwater and saltwater sea life, from clown fish and turtles, to piranhas and a tiger shark. Its size makes it easy to fit into a packed day, or to visit when the weather is poor. Children can enjoy the petting pool, where they can touch sea cucumbers and starfish, or the fish-feeding demos that take place daily. You can also pick up a souvenir or a snack while you're here.
Giugnol puppets are a staple of Lyon's culture, and at this little museum, the tradition is brought to life. Spread across only two rooms, the first features animated puppets in dioramas that light up and move as you pass through, while the basement level features themed puppets that teach visitors about the cultural history of the dolls. Families can enjoy learning about the Guignol, and admire both the artistry and the old world charm of the dolls and their artisan world.
The Musee des Automates is a small and enchanting museum, great for young children. The 250 animatronic dolls, in dioramas that tell stories from literature and Lyon's history, fit into two adjoining rooms, making it an easy stop on the feet, and for children who cannot cope with grueling multi-floor, multi-hour museum trips. The staff help to make the experience bright by providing a child-friendly introduction, and the automated dolls have bright backdrops and don funny expressions and fun costumes.
At Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen, experience the best of Lyon's famous cuisine culture by making it yourself! The head chef, a master of Lyonnaise cooking, hosts two types of classes: Market classes and Pastry classes. While the Market classes are all-day affairs visiting local Croix Rousse markets and buying fresh ingredients for a multi-course meal (with wine,) the Pastry classes may be more suitable for families, where children can learn to make macarons and profiteroles alongside their parents! While there are no parent-child exclusive classes, the chef gives clear instructions and speaks perfect English, making it easy to follow for children old enough to reach the table top (and yummy enough for anyone to want to eat afterwards!)
A sweets shop unlike any other, any member of the family with a sweet tooth will find themselves at home here. With a fantastical interior design filled out by retro candies, the shelves at Violette & Berlingot house chocolates, creams, marshmallows, caramels, candied flowers, and more, in neon wrapping and baubles. So much more exciting than the average candy aisle, it's fun to simply wander the vintage-style store and decide on what you'd like to try first!
At Comics Zone, one of the only comic book shops in Lyon, the owners' passion for fiction has brought a tremendous selection of books, action figures, posters, and more all together in one place. With a solid collection of both new and used comics and memorabilia, and sections for both English and French editions, this is the spot to pick up a cool collector's item, start a new comic book series, or explore old favorite heroes.
Parc Blandan is one of Lyon's most modern parks. This former military fort has been transformed into a massive play zone, with climbing walls and ropes, slides, hidden passages, and more. The park grounds, which cover 17 hectares, also boast a large meadow and garden, a wonderful place to relax, picnic, stroll, or even nap.
After visiting the Guignol Museum, it might be interesting to see the puppets used for their historic purpose, in a live stage show. This theater is a cultural relic in the district, and even without seeing a show, visitors are welcome to come here to take a peek at the puppets that have performed in its plays since the 1800s, and learn a bit more about their important history. While many theaters across Lyon put on Guignol shows, the Theatre du Guignol provides shows that are interactive and not too difficult to follow.
At France Adventures Lyon, embrace the wild and take on the landscape. Set up in 'courses' that correspond to skill levels, adults and children are welcome to climb trees, zip line, swing on ropes into nets, skate board, and more. The high-intensity adrenaline rush makes for a memorable afternoon out!