Day 8 June 9, 2012
Toward the Sun
At our royal breakfast this morning, our hostess commented on the beautiful sunny (but cool) day she predicted for Lyon today. She then said, “But you are going toward the sun today.” Before we headed toward the sun, we decided to visit the famers market by the river again as we had yesterday. Well, it seems that on Saturday the market is twice the size of the Friday market. It was huge yesterday and today it just went on and on. Choosing our goat cheese du jour was a challenge. We also got some smoked ham, an apricot tart, and some Napoleon cherries (Rainier cherries to us). Have we mentioned that life is mighty good?
Here are some general observations and generalizations that have come to us so far.
- The handicapped in France don’t have it easy. Finding an elevator, ramp, or other adaptation is difficult. So travel in France when you’re healthy and fit – don’t wait!
- Coral seems to be the color for summer this year. We’ve seen it in most dress shop windows and shoe or purse shops. I hope all of you are stylish. Neither of us is.
- When people from France visit the USA and ride our trains they must think that they have stepped back in time. Our trains must seem just a slight step up from covered wagons. The TGV whisked us from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence in about an hour. Speeds must have been topping out at 200+ miles per hour. Whisper quiet and extremely smooth. And plush.
- The French eat what is seasonal. This isn’t the time of year for brie so don’t even ask. You can live in a big city such as Lyon and never need to go to the supermarket – there is a farmers market every day except Monday (Mondays must be for leftovers).
- The sound of church bells announcing the time makes a place seem more livable.
- It’s worth it to travel one place for bread, another for meat, and another for pastry if all of the products are top quality. We Americans often sacrifice quality for convenience.
- When people have to live in closer quarters – in flats in towns and cities – they interact more. Once you know your neighbor (and interact with them daily), it may tie communities together more closely than what we’re used to.
- If you’re a vegetarian, a visit to Lyon might be a bit difficult.
- French food is just better.
We met the Webers in Aix-en-Provence as planned and made our way to our new home. Here is the link that has pictures of the house.
It is tremendous and as outstanding as we have thought it to be for the past year since we reserved it. The kids have already been for a little swim. We ate out on the patio just as I have imagined us doing. Dreams do come true.