In April, we ventured from Dublin to Lyon with the Official Leinster Supporters Club to cheer the team on in the European League Semi-Finals match against Clermont at Matmut Stadium. It was a quick overnight jaunt, but we packed a ton in … and absolutely fell in love with Lyon. I had no idea what to expect, but the city was so vibrant and beautiful. After watching Munster lose to the Saracens back in Dublin from the hotel, we ventured out to dinner with our friends in the city’s Old Town. Then, we meandered back to the hotel to call it a night. The match wasn’t until 4 p.m., so the next morning we woke bright and early and set out for Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you know we love visiting a city’s food halls. We wandered the stalls before stopping in for oysters and a small carafe of white wine. Why? How do you breakfast? From there, we bought a loaf of bread, some stinky french cheese, and a canale and then walked over to the Parc de la Tête d’Or, where we picnicked under a tree before wandering back over to the hotel just in time to board the bus to the stadium. Clermont’s fans were … well, they were something else. I’ve never seen anything like it. Some of the nicest, most excited fans you’ll ever meet. Unfortunately, my boys in blue didn’t have enough time on the clock to bring the victory home, so we flew back to Dublin immediately from the stadium surrounded by some very sad players. It would have been great to be in the team’s presence if they’d won, but that’s the nature of professional sport. You can’t win them all. It was a really fun trip, and a great way to experience European rugby outside of The RDS and The Aviva. We had so much fun, in fact, that this December we’re doing it all over again when the team visits Treviso.