Paris is now allowing outside dining. Galleries and Museums are also open again. We had some free time before a meeting and wondered around the Gare de Lyon area. This train station is one of Paris [and Europe’s] busiest. The building is located in the heart of the 12th arrondissement, it welcomes 110 million visitors a year. Built in 1855, the station is famous for its impressive architectural features, such as the Clock Tower by Charles Garnier. Classified as a historical monument, it offers a panoramic view of the capital from its height of 67 metres .

Here are some of the addresses we usually visit on foot around the area: Place de la Bastille, Merci, Église Saint-Ambroise, Confiture Parisienne, Musée Picasso Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, [M.E.P], PNY Burger, A La Mère de Famille -23 rue Rambuteau, Topographie de L’Art, Galerie Laure Roynette, Café Charlot, Poilâne -38 rue Debelleyme, Muji, Broken Biscuits.

If you don’t have much time, I would suggest Merci for shopping, M.E.P. for a photographic exhibition and PNY for a burger or Café Charlot for people watching and lunch. For a moment of calm – the church of Saint Ambroise, commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III. The architect, Théodaore Ballu, used elements from 3 styles- the Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine, creating this eclectic architectural gem with two bell towers and a rayonnant-style rose window in the centre. The central nave is 87 meters long and it has 9 chapels within the building. For quick gift buying – Confiture Parisienne or a La Mère de Famille.

À la terrasse – to the terrace !