Why Lyon ?Lyon in France is packed with more than enough to compete with Paris for weekends away, but without having to exhaust yourself trekking from one arrondissement to the other. From May 2015, Eurostar started direct trains to Lyon meaning you can reach the city from London in less than five hours. It’s renowned for its food scene, but recently it’s the regenerated dock area on the banks of the Rhône and the Saône that’s got a buzz to it. That’s where you’ll find the recently opened Musée de Confluence – a futuristic-looking science and anthropology museum – as well as La Sucrière, a new arts and music venue in an old sugar warehouse, as well as a host of other chic restaurants and art spaces.Being 250 miles further south than Paris, Lyon gets lovely hot weather during the summer. But it’s got plenty to offer all year round. In May, it hosts Nuits Sonores, a five-day (and night) festival of electronic music and art, which sees hundreds of locations across the city transformed into creative stages.