Catherine is a qualified historian, a 'Lyonnaise' who has lived locally since birth. She will be delighted to advise you on which routes to take and places to visit, to enable you to discover the multi-faceted aspects of Lyon and the surrounding region.
Here are a few suggestions for activities in Lyon and the Vernaison area.
For Nature Lovers
The House of Bon Aloi is a good start point for walks that will enable you to discover the natural beauty of the banks of the Rhone by following 'Le Sentier de l'Homme et du Fleuve' ( 'The Path of Man and the River'), http://www.rhonetourisme.com/rando-balades/sentiers-thematiqueset-rando-ludique/le-sentier-de-l-homme-et-du-fleuve-115521/, or a stage on the ViaRhôna back trip http://www.viarhona.com/
The Festival of Lights occurs every year in December and has become the main event in the social and cultural life of the city: http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/
Please note that public transport is available between the Maison de Bon Aloi and Lyon.
The Maison de Bon Aloi is only 15 minutes away from the Musée des Confluences, newly opened in 2014. As well as its geographic location at the river junction which gives it its title, the museum reflects a philosophy of coming together, of meeting, exchange and eye contact. It asks penetrating questions of the earth since its origins, and of humanity through its history and geography.
The Maison of Bon Aloi is also adjacent to the vineyards growing the wine variety 'Coteaux du Lyonnais' which enjoys the status of ‘controlled name of origin’ (A.O.C). You will be able to visit the cellars of Regis Descotes, a wine grower of the variety Lyonnais-Coteaux du Lyonnais, to taste his wines and to treat yourself to the fruits of his labours.