Le Tire Bouchon: Believe it or not, this was the first new word I learned while studying in France this summer. Le tire bouchon means corkscrew; what one uses to remove the matter standing between you and wine. A friend later told me that this is indeed the most important word in the French language. Bien-sûr-
The Vieux Lyon is the largest Renaissance district of Lyon. In 1954 it became the first site in France to be protected under the Malraux law to protect France's cultural sites. Covering an area of 424 hectares at the foot of the Fourviere Hill, it is one of Europe's most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods.