Monday, October 5, 2015

Trip to Lyon, France

It’s about a month I came back from Lyon. Kena curi2 masa untuk menulis ni. sebelum lupa dan reference di masa hadapan. Sejak balik dok mencari2 idea untuk writing. Can I say writing is the hardest part in research?. Ok last semester I said it was the experiment. 
Tujuan saya ke Lyon ialah untuk attend 42nd Leeds Lyon Symposium on Tribology. Banyak nama besar dalam bidang ni yang datang. Salah satu sebab saya interested sangat nak join. I am the only participant from Malaysia. 

saya kat mana?

My session - 1st session in da morning. lepas tu boleh horayy

From thrilling to exciting journey

I made decision to attend the conference in Lyon just 2 weeks before we leave. The funding approved 3 weeks before the conference date. On that time MYR rate is falling, flight ticket and hotel price is rising. The hotel provided by conference organizer is already full so I need to find on my own.  I’m quite worried if I don’t have enough time to prepare for conference and some research about travelling there. Another thing I tak pernah tinggal anak selama seminggu. I really want to bring them but feel not confident enough to bring them since I need to change transport few times. Lagipun hotel yang kami stay 1.1 km dari conference venue. Husband kena teman saya tiap2 hari. How nak carry anak2 jalan sejauh itu dan nak lepak mana nanti? Every day I prayed that Allah may ease our journey and alhamdulillah memang sentiasa dipermudahkan urusan kami .

Travel to Lyon

From KLIA to Paris

Connecting flight KL-Dubai (7.5 hrs) Dubai-Paris (6.5 hrs)

Tips- Flight ke Paris dari KLIA yang paling murah biasanya Emirates, Qatar, Etihad Airways. Tapi diorang ni among top ranking in the world. Overall we were comfortable and enjoyed our journey with Emirates.

From Paris to Lyon

Can take flight or TGV from Paris. At that time, the flight is cheaper! But I choose TGV because of the experience :D

TGV Paris-Lyon (2 hrs)

Tips- Can buy through TGV websites or on the spot. But the tickets might be sold out. The price in the website may fluctuates

To reach Holiday Inn Vaise hotel, from TGV Part Dieu station, we took
2 Metro
1 Bus
can buy ticket in the counter or machine. we use machine. just change to english language.

Total journey duration including connecting flight and tgv is 29 hours. Sampai2 ja kami tidur pengsan. Dah lama tak jumpa katil. Esok pagi dah nak kena present. First day first session.

Holiday Inn Lyon Vaise Hotel
There are few Holiday Inn in Lyon. Vaise is 8 km from main train station. Nearest metro station is Valmy. How to reach Holiday Inn Vaise from Part Dieu station? You need to ride metro B from Part-Dieu to Saxe-Gambetta. Change to metro D, stop in Gorge de Loup. Then take a bus no 3 or 19. Stop at pont d’ ecully. Exactly in front of the hotel. Overall I m very satisfied with hotel. Comfortableand clean room, bed and toilet. They also provide kettle, iron and board, hair dryer, study table and lcd tv

Public transport in Lyon
They have a convenient public transport system here. We need just half an hour to understand the system. 

Ticket information
Single ticket 1.8 euro. Can be used repeatably in 1 hour. 1 way. including metro, bus, funicular and tram 

Lyon 1 day pass 
5.5 euro for the whole day. morning until midnight. including metro, bus, funicular and tram 

Can be bought through machines using credit card or coins

Few tips:
If you want to travel by metro, tram etc, just refer to the map.

Metro, tram map

By bus,
From Valmy to Part Dieu- bus no 6
From Hotel de Ville to Parc Tete d’Or-bus no 5
We ride metro D from Valmy to Vieux Lyon (historical building). Walk until Bellecour (unpurposely tak sedar dah jalan sampai next stesen sebab stesen ni terletak di antara 2 sungai. Rhone and Saone. Beautiful scenery along the walks. Then take metro A until hotel de Ville (another tourist attraction place). 

If you want to travel to another place by bus, just looking for the bus stop nearby and read the map and bus route. It’s very effective that they have the maps in every bus stop.

Bus route map

Halal food in Lyon
Halal food nearest to the Holiday Inn Vaise is 1.2 km away. There are 2 restaurants, La Mer Egee (Turkish restaurant)and another 1 is just few steps before. The food is nice. Kebab is €5.5 and for a set with rice is € 9.50. The workers are also very nice. They tried their best to help us when we asked about route to city.
 I saw few other restaurants with halal logo near Vieux Lyon metro station but most of them are indian. ( bergantung kepada keyakinan anda).
I think there are still a lot (from google) because many muslims here. Some of them are so friendly and greet us.

Kebab dan steak set

Malaysian in Lyon
Yes, there are Malaysian in Lyon and most of them are students. Now there are about 20 students here. Thanks to adik Hafiz yang menunggu kami di TGV station masa kami sampai dan guide kami sampai ke hotel.

The scenery of Lyon city

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