So I finally did find an English speaking dentist in Lyon with lots of googling - apparently American embassies keep publicly available lists of English speaking doctors in various countries (or at least in France they do). That list had 3 dentists for Lyon - first 2 on the list did not speak any English at all, at least the receptionists on the phone didn’t. The 3rd one finally did, and so I had an appointment with a dentist who speaks “a little bit of English” in the suburbs of Lyon. I hate going to dentist even in normal circumstances, so needless to say I was pretty freaked out about this situation: an acute toothache combined with possible language problems. Luckily the pains had subsided a bit already by themselves already.
The location turned out to be just a quick metro trip away from the center, neighbor to the Musee Lumiere even! I took that as a good omen and walked in with slightly less stress. ;) The doctor was a cute mademoiselle who talked English well enough. She played Hercule Poirot of dental care for an hour trying to locate the cause for the pains, but didn’t find anything mentionable. After couple of quick fixes to issues that probably had nothing to do with the pain, I was let go. Even if the pains hadn’t completely disappeared I was overwhelmingly relieved that there was no need to pull anything out out of my mouth or something else drastic that would’ve compromised my travel plans and/or caused more blood, sweat and tears. And to top it of, the hour at the dentist cost no more than 21€ - and that’s a privately operated dentist, not public healthcare. Would have cost at least 5 times more in Finland.
Given the A-OK on dental health I decided to switch my continuous dosage from Paracetamols to Pastis, beer and red wine with a hope that those would cure any remaining pains just as efficiently and at least much more pleasurably!
OK, enough about the teeth. Lyon is large city, 2nd in France right after Paris so it feels like a real metropolis - with a heart of a cute little town. Geographically resembling New York very much: the center situated in an island between two rivers, and spreading large areas of dense population to mainland. I think the photo set over-represents the cute side of the city, there was also a more urban and modern side to the city but that didn’t make it to the pictures. All and all it feels that I just scratched the surface of Lyon in two afternoons and one night, there would’ve been easily more to explore for couple of days at least. But I have a bad case of wanderlust going on, restless to stay in one place much longer than a night. So many places still to get to during the remaining two or so weeks of the trip!