Welcome to St-Étienne
Down-to-business St-Étienne, 62km southwest of Lyon, is drawing on its Industrial Revolution origins and its history of arms, bicycle, textile and ribbon production to reinvent itself as a 'design city'. And the change is noticeable. After almost 30 years of decline, the city is now looking optimistically towards the future, though it still preserves fascinating vestiges from its past, including an old coal mine you can visit not far from the town centre. There are plenty of other surprises as well, including several fascinating museums and a decent eating scene.