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La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie

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La Cite Internationale de la Gastronomie, Lyon, FranceRoad Trips Foodies contemplating France might want to put Lyon on their itineraries.

La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, 4 Grand Cloître du Grand Hôtel-Dieu (Entrance by de l’Hôpital square), Lyon, has opened.

Part museum, part sensory experience, part anthropological study, the Cité explores the most fundamental experience of humankind—preparing, cultivating, gathering around, and eating food. It is housed in the Grand Hotel Dieu, formerly a hospital. (Of course it includes a café.)

The permanent exhibition invites visitors to (re)discover how health and well-being come first from what we eat. From the market to sharing a meal, from medicinal plants to the future challenges of food, this historical exploration also places great emphasis on the gastronomy of Lyon, and exclusively presents a unique object: the cooking range of Paul Bocuse, on which the chef with three Michelin stars prepared his creations for more than 20 years.

The World Atlas of Gastronomy, a fully interactive and intuitive tool, presents the global history and culture of gastronomy. The first temporary exhibition is “Arcimboldo, deconstructed cooking in an allegory of light.” Tribute will be paid to Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian painter known for his innovative use of food in still lifes (such as his most famous one, below, representing Vertumnus, the Roman god of metamorphoses in nature and life).
Vertumnus by Arcimboldo

(Photo courtesy of La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie)

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