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- [Marko] I'm Marko. - [Alex] I'm Alex. - [Both] And we're the Vaga Brothers. - [Marko] We love traveling. And a little brotherly competition. - [Alex] So, we're crossing the globe and putting our local trivia skills to the test. - [Marko] To see who's spending 24 hours livin' like a baller. - [Alex] And who's pinching pennies. - [Both] This is basic versus baller. - Bonjour. Welcome to Lyon. This is the second biggest city in France but some say the capital of gastronomy. - Lyon has over 2,000 years of history. It was founded by the Romans, grew rich from the silk trade, and was central to the invention of modern cinema. - There's amazing food at any price point but for those with an unlimited budget the sky is the limit. - To find out who gets the baller budget, it's time for a competition. - Bonjour brother. - Bonjour, seva? - Seva. Welcome to Lyon, France. Beautiful city. And I'm hungry. - I bet you are, but guess what bro. - Huh? - I've been studying and I think I got a pretty good chance of winning this one. - Au contraire mon frere. I've got a bucket list restaurant I wanna eat at with a big price tag so I'm highly motivated. I think I'm gonna win. - Well, cross your fingers. - All right, bon chance. - What were Lyon's silk workers called? A, canucks? - B, canuts? - Or C, canets? - All right, I got my answer here. - Oh, I win! But apparently it's pronounced canoe, not ca-nut but I'm stoked, I'm gonna be eating so well on this trip. - Well, at least you don't have to really be a baller to eat well here. - True. - And since neither of us can check into, well, your hotel, my hostel, should we go grab a bite at the market? - I got some time to kill, let's go brother. - Think you can buy me something, maybe? - Don't push your luck. - We just arrived to Marche St. Antoine, it's a local farmers market and I'm pretty stoked because everything is really fresh, looks super delicious, and it's not that expensive. - Regardless of your budget, going to a local farmers market is always a good call. Well, I already know where I'm eatin' tonight and I have to save my appetite, but this is still a pretty good introduction to Lyon's cuisine. Let's take a look around. - When you're on a tight budget, walk around and sample everything. It's like at Costco, nobody actually goes there to shop, you just go to eat free stuff. Only two euro. If there is one thing that I'm a sucker for, it's good charcuterie, I pig out on the pig. Say that five times fast. C'est bon. This is my heaven. The guy is an artisan cheese maker and only makes goat cheese. I'm in the right place. - I've got plans to eat in some really pricey restaurants, but at the core, this is what makes French cuisine so good. All the ingredients are local, they're organic, and they're cooked in ways people have done for centuries. - Thank you. - [Man] Merci, oui, vous. - All right, well, it's check in time so I think we oughta part ways. - Well, have fun, enjoy your baller budget. - Enjoy your hostel. - Feel like bein' kind, I'll be cookin' dinner tonight. - You don't need to cook that, it's a baguette and some salami. Enjoy. - That's very true. All right. Even though I'm on a budget, I'm seriously excited to explore this city. Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of history perfect for site seeing. The Saone and Rhone Rivers run through the city, which make for unique public transportation. I'm gonna head over to my hostel, but to get there, I'm gonna take this little water taxi called a vaporetto, basically a scenic cruise on a budget. It's only four euros and in a city with two rivers, the best way to get around is by hopping on one of these. - I'm headed to a chateau fit for a king. In the heart of wine country, this spot has acres of vineyards and wine made on property. Pretty baller if you ask me. This place is epic. - [Tristan] Mr. Ayling. - Hey, Marko, enchante. - I'm Tristan and welcome to Chateau Bellevue. - [Marko] Perfect. - Welcome to your room. This will be your private salon, right? - Cool. - [Tristan] After the door you will have your bedroom. - [Marko] Sweet. - Just relax, enjoy yourself. I'll be at the office and we'll see to check if you want to have a wine tasting or whatever, all right? - That sounds great. Thank you very much. - I'll see you later. Bye. - Take it easy. This place is seriously nice. It's a chateau, which is French for an old rich dude's house from back in the day. Got the floral print on the walls, very in right now. This could definitely fit up to like a four person family for sure, but I got it all to myself, so, someone's walkin' around naked later tonight. Ah. Very, very nice. I don't care if it's a pea under that cushion, I'm gonna sleep like a baby tonight. Fireplace, chandelier, view of beautiful winery, and a very comfortable bed. I think I'm pretty happy with this situation. This is gorgeous. We are surrounded by vineyards from the Bojole region, one of the best wine regions in France. Gonna sip some of that vino later, but first I gotta get changed 'cause I got dinner plans. Time to turn from pauper to prince. - The vaporetto dropped me off close to my hostel but the rest of the journey is a steep climb. They're really makin' me work for all that cheese and salami. Seva. - Just for one night, right? - Yes. - So, you will be in room six. - Okay. - So, basically, that's , so you'll be sleeping with other people and a very beautiful view of Lyon. Okay, this is your room. - [Alex] Cool, thank you. - [Receptionist] I would like stay here. - Cheers. - Bye. - Bye. If you're on a budget, the hostel is obviously the best call, this one is a little bit of a hike to get up to, but the views are incredible. I'm gonna go grab my little dinner essentials, head out on to the terrace and enjoy the view. I invited one of my roommates and Capochene from the front desk to share my farmers market finds. Who needs fancy food when you've got a great view? Hope Marko's not too lonely at the top. - Well, I have put on my baller clothes and I'm feelin' like Cinderella, so call up my pumpkin wagon, 'cause it's time to hit the town. I'm standing in front of L'auberge Du Pont De Collonges. And it's hard to overstate how legendary this restaurant is. Not only does it hold three Michelin stars, the highest possible honor a restaurant can have, but it's held that since 1965. It's founder, Paul Bocuse, is a God amongst chefs. Put it this way, Anthony Bourdain ate here three years ago and said it was one of the best meals of his life. And it's safe to say it'll probably be mine as well. Bon appetit. - Welcome, sir. - Merci. - S'il vous plait. - Well, this is a treat. We are on some hallowed ground here. As you can see around us there is a huge pedigree of chefs that kind of led up to what this institution is, and they're all around us on the wall in pictures. - [Waiter] Bon appetit. - Merci. Okay, so we are starting off with the black truffle soup. This is the most famous dish from the restaurant. I don't even know how to go about doing this. There's a puff pastry on the outside and then there is the soup within the bowl. Oh wow. Oh my God. Divine. It's my first bite and I can already tell I'm gonna run out of superlatives describing this meal. Despite my tacky, nouveau riche style, they did continue to let me eat at the restaurant, which is worth at least four or five Michelin stars. Pretty fancy food. I hope my brother is enjoy his dirt sandwich or whatever else he scrounged up. Plebeian. Ooh, what do we have here? - We are pleased to propose you the sea bass cooked in a puff pastry. - Oh my God, one second. - Please - I need to make my brother jealous. Oh, dude, he's gonna love this. Okay, looks good. - Oh, Text message. Brother. He's eating at Bocuse's. - [Woman] Really? - Yeah, he's spoiled. - Oh, no. - Meanwhile, Alex is probably watching a kabob be prepared table side. I'm sure he's enjoying that. I can't help gloating just a little bit. - He's all by himself, so I think we're winning. Million dollar view, good company. - True. - That's true. - Yeah. - Much better. - Man, I don't know what Alex is eating right now, but it's nothin' like this. So, if you've ever been intimidated by going on a date for sushi, not knowing how to eat that dish, try this one. This is a pig's bladder and inside is a chicken that's been stuffed with truffles and poached. - Chicken from breast cooked in a bladder. Bon appetit. - Merci. I don't even know where to begin. Do I have to say something? I don't know if there's words in my vocabulary for what I'm eating right now. Oh. Oh my God. I'm just very cautious of wearing so much white in this situation. There's so many delicious things that would spill on my clothes. If they did, I wouldn't be angry. I probably wouldn't even wash it, I would just lick it off. Don't judge me. It's hard to describe this meal without losing any accuracy in a sea of superlatives. Everything is the best. It's the most tasty, the most well presented, the most flavorful, the most innovative I've ever eaten in my life. It is truly a unique experience. I just wish I wasn't dressed like such a douche. Marko Ayling, taking douchery to whole new levels in 2018. - I think we should send him a selfie to make him jealous. - Let's do it. - Definitely. - Let's do it. - Hey, Mark, look at our million dollar view. Fromage! - Hey! - Huh, nice meal brother. Let him eat cake. - Even though the baller lifestyle has clearly gone to my brother's head, I'm using a few of my pennies on some local wine for us to share while we take in some music on the banks of the Rhone River. One of the best things about France, you can get great wines for cheap. Gonna grab a bottle of wine, head over to meet up with my bro. While I'm running out of money, Lyon is rich in 2,000 years of history. Churches, monuments, and ruins reflect the chapters of the city's history. And thankfully, it's all free. Just made it up here above the city of Lyon at Notre Dame de Fourviere. When you survive the bubonic plague, a cholera outbreak, and war, you might have someone special lookin' after you. For Lyon, it's the Virgin Mary and in 1870, when the Franco Oppression War was waging, they promised to build her a grand cathedral if the city was spared. The rest is history. Lyon was founded by Romans in 43 B.C. They fortified this area because it was a crossroads of the two rivers. It eventually grew extremely wealthy from the Roman wine trade. And it might be why France has some of the best wines in the world now. - Well, after yesterday's decadent meal, I think there's a pretty high probability of me getting gout, so I'm walkin' off some of the calories by checking out this beautiful town. It's pronounce uh and it's absolutely gorgeous. To counter my day of feasting, today I shall drink. Back to the chateau. So, my chateau is also a winery. It's located in the Bojole region, which apart from being a really fun word to say, is a really well known wine. Let's go try some. Okay, so we are underneath the chateau, in the wine cellar. It's cool, it's dank, and there's plenty of barrels around here because this is the perfect place to age wine. Hey, how's it going? - Hey, Marko. - I'm ready to try this wine. - Yeah. - What do you have for me? - Well, actually, I prepare for you two different wines with two different vintages because it's quite interesting to understand that the wine we not each year making the same product. So, let's start with the 14. All right? - All right. You are living the dream. You've started a vineyard. I think this is like, every American, their dream is to move to France and start a vineyard, so you're livin' it. - Well, you're more than welcome if you want to come back and shift your life. - Yeah, I dunno. Ah, it's very delicate. - Yeah, and especially in this vintage that I really like because it reveals all the subtility of what gamic can gives and especially in the granite area of Bojole, which is here in the crude of Bojole. - That's very good. - Try to remember what it tastes now. One year later, the son year, I give you different aroma. It's of spices. Totally different pattern. You see, the perfume are a bit different. So, on the sherry, a dark sherry and plum. - So, what made you wanna get into wine making? - With wine I'm very curious. Thanks to the wine I can travel into history, into geography, into biology. When you talking about wine, it's always with good people. You never open a bottle with your enemy, right? So, it's always good moments. We connect people. When you start to think like this it's very difficult to do something else. - Thank you very much, merci beaucoup. - Merci, merci beaucoup. - Right now I'm in what is called a traboules. Traditionally, in like the 17th Century, Lyon became very influential and rich from the silk trade. So, these would've been filled with silk workers, they would use these little passageways to get from A to Be. Pretty cool little hidden history here. And guess what. It's totally free. It's lunch time and I heard that Paul Bocuse has a fast food chain in Lyon. It's not white table cloths and truffles but I'd never turn down a burger made by a world class chef. Bon appetit on a budget. Ah, that's a burger. Here we go. The cheese and mushroom combo really lived up to the name of Paul Bocuse. - [Marko] It's almost time to pack up and leave Lyon, but there's one place I couldn't leave without seeing. Obviously I had to invite Alex. With some money left over and a small amount of guilt from my high end high jinks, I thought I'd check out Lyon's shopping district to get Alex a little somethin'. Oh, mon frere. - Fancy seeing you here. - I did send you a pin. Anyways. - You did, yeah. - You know where we are? - I don't. - Okay, this is a cool spot, fitting place to end, it's the house of the Lumiere brothers. - The guys who invented the cinematograph, the first modern film camera? - [Marko] Exactly. You wanna go inside? - [Alex] I do. - [Marko] Okay. - [Alex] Allons-y. Mon frere. Hey, um, how much does it cost to get in? - [Marko] Don't worry, I got you. - You know, I heard that the two brothers actually built two identical villas, like right across the street from each other. I don't think it's a model for us, I don't think it would work in modern day. - No. I know. You get your own. - I feel like a few blocks at least. - Definitely. - Yeah. - I'm pretty sure that's just a sewing machine. What's that doing here? - [Alex] This must be it. - Yeah, this is it right here. - Wow. - So, apparently the cool thing about it was that it could record film, copy the film, and then also project it. Their competition was Edison's camera which was powered by electricity, but this one was a hand cranked one so it was actually more portable and it allowed them to take it all around the world. - [Alex] Dude, this is like the original, travel vlog. - Totally. It's super cool. Like, that's what trips me out about this time period, 1895, the world's coming closer together, technology's allowing people to see different cultures for the first time. Trains are happening, you know, ships are gettin' faster, and this camera really brings home foreign cultures to people here in Europe and around the world for the first time ever. So, basically the Lumiere brothers were doing what the Vaga brothers are doing just 100 and something years beforehand. - Awesome. - [Marko] Yeah. - [Alex] So, here we are on the banks of the river Saone. - Sin. - Sin? - Sun. - Sun. - Sun. Yeah. - Anyways, I brought you a little gift here. I got you a bottle of Bojole wine. - Bojole? - Bojole. - It's Bojole. - Oh yeah, just outside of town. As well as some, smoke a cigar from Cuba Cuba. Little Cuban cigar. For us to celebrate as well. - You're gonna go far. Have a cigar. - What was your favorite thing about Lyon? - I really loved just playing tourist, walking around, feeling the ambiance of the city, tons of awesome free things to do, great history, the Roman amphitheater. I loved it. I think that we timed it perfectly, the weather was great, tons of friendly people. Couldn't have asked for more. - Not bad. - How about you? - I really loved the location. I mean, just the fact this city is placed on the banks of this beautiful river and the Rhone, it gives the whole city a very chilled pace because the river's going by so slowly. I have to thank you for losing the contest to allow me to be the baller because I would not have been able to go to Bucose's without you, so merci Bucose. - Wow. - Would you like some wine with that cheese? - Oh my God. And I think that's where we need to take this. We're gonna say goodbye. We will see you in the next destination. Lyon, you've been great. - Okay. - [Alex] Wine and cheese. You're ridiculous. - Hey, had to. - Speaking of cheese. I got a French fromage connection that I think you'd be interested in. - I'm down but now I only do stuff with truffle oil. If it doesn't have truffle, I'm not touching it. - Spoiled.

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