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WHAT TO DO IN LYON IN MAY (DURING LOCKDOWN)

 

  And drink French Cocktails 🙂

Soon we will be able to travel again, but in the meantime (and because it’s very important to stay at home), the Lyon UA team will keep sharing suggestions to make your life sweeter and to embellish your everyday life. Stay healthy and don’t forget to dream of your next trips!!

 

a lion walking in the grass

A safari in South Africa to see the “Big Five” from your sofa

 

Have you always dreamt of having a safari? The site &BEYOND’S offers unbelievable live shows in the Ngala Private Game Reserve and the Djuma Private Game Reserve. The expert guides that keep an eye on the parks’ fauna will drive us around during 3 hours and we will observe with them the incredible animals living in the reserves.

You will just have to do one thing: sit down, open your eyes wide and watch in live the wild animals.

The visits take place twice a day (from 6h to 9h and from 15:30 to 18:30) and the participants can ask questions on-line.

Did you miss too many sessions? You can find all previous shows on their Youtube channel.

https://www.andbeyond.com/bringing-africa-home/wildwatch-live/

 

 

 

a glass of red wine

The recipes to travel to France by drinking a cocktail

There’s no better moment than now to enhance your barman skills and discover these cocktails that will make you travel to France.

The Kir and The Kir Royal:

 Without a shadow of a doubt, these are the two most popular cocktails in France. If you are invited to a French lunch, your hosts will break the ice with a drink. More than likely, it will be this simple 115-years-old-aperitif that comes from Burgundy. Felix Kir, the mayor of Dijon, further universalised the drink (previously called blanc-cassis) by serving it to foreign visitors to promote his region’s top-notch products.

1.In a wine glass, pour 1/4 ounce of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liquor).

2. Slowly add the dry white wine.

If you are offered to drink a kir royal (which uses Champagne instead of white wine and it’s served in a Champagne flute), that means that it’s a special occasion and there is something to celebrate!

Death in the afternoon:

Another simple cocktail made with just two ingredients. Thanks to his creator – champion drinker Ernest Hemingway, it is also called the Hemingway Champagne or just the Hemingway. The Parisian and decadent drink comes from way back (the 1930s) when the American journalist and novelist spent time in the Left Bank putting pen to paper and taking pleasure in absinthe.

1. Pour 11/2 oz of Absinthe into a coupe glass.

2.Top with the 4 1/2 oz Champagne.

The French Martini:

 Would you like a classier and lordlier cocktail? The elegant purple colour of the French Martini comes from the well-known Chambord liquor. It honours its history – Louis XIV, during one of his visits to the Chateau de Chambord, was the first one to sip this raspberry spirit produced in the Loire Valley. The flamboyant potion was cooked up in the 80s (during the 1980s -1990s cocktail renaissance), and here you have its formula!

Shake 40ml of vodka, 20ml of Chambord liquor and 60ml of fresh pineapple juice with ice really hard until the pineapple juice froths up a bi1

2.Strain into the glass

3. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

 

a stone building that has a bridge in the background

Visit the Catacombs of Paris from your sofa

This month we propose visiting one of the most macabre and evocative places, the famous Catacombes de Paris! And you will be able to avoid 243 steps to get there!

The 11000 m2 site was established “public ossuary of Paris” in 1786. As they wanted to put right the hygiene problems of the city’s oversaturated cemeteries, they opt to exhume the bones and store them in disused quarry tunnels. Since then, it took its legendary name in reference to the Roman catacombs (that were accidentally rediscovered not a long time before and had fascinated everyone).They are located 20 metres underground (the equivalent of a five-storey building) and has 1.5km of underground passages in total.They were opened to the public in 1809 (just by appointment). Today they are accessible to everyone without authorisation and they receive about 555.000 visitors per year!

http://catacombes.paris.fr/visite-virtuelle/