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  • Some Assembly Required
    03 July 2015
    As we settle into our new apartment in Strasbourg we realize that it is very different from our flat in Lyon. It’s nice, but smaller, and with not as much of a view ... from the inside. As soon as…
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  • Nos Amis Lyonnaise – Deuxième Partie.
    29 June 2015
    We were invited to spend the night at the home of Michel and Francoise (Lucie’s parents) in the Beaujolais area. So, one morning, we took a short train ride and arrived at their beautiful home in the country. Around the…
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  • Nos Amis Lyonnaise
    28 June 2015
    Leaving friends and family last year, we hoped life would not be lonely. When you don’t speak the language where you are living, how do you make friends? We discovered it is not so difficult, if you are open to…
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  • Lavender in bloom
    23 June 2015
    This an audio blog post, there are play-back controls beneath the image. Be sure to turn up the volume!
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  • Wine – a Tale of Three Tours
    17 June 2015
    Wine is a state of mind here in France. To not have wine with lunch or dinner is almost tantamount to not breathing. It doesn’t hurt (help?) that Lyon is pretty much at the one of the centers of the…
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  • Montchat en Fête
    14 June 2015
    Although we were living in Montchat for only a short time, we came to love notre beau village de au coeur de Lyon. Every excursion down the shopping street or to the market was a delightful adventure. We were admiring…
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  • Notre Vie en Roses
    13 June 2015
    Three hundred thousand visitors were expected for the 17th World Convention of Rose Societies. There was floral art, paintings, gardening workshops, a fashion show about roses, information stands of French rose growers, and exhibitions all over the city. The fragrance…
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  • Medieval Festival Musings
    10 June 2015
    We don’t ever have to go far to find truly medieval things. The middle ages spanned the 5th through the 15th centuries, beginning with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, then later morphed into the Renaissance and the Age…
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  • Cascades Chambéry
    31 May 2015
    At the crossroads of ancient routes through the Dauphiné, Burgundy, Switzerland, and Italy, Chambéry lies in a wide valley between the Bauges and the Chartreuse Mountains on the Leysse River. We wanted to get out for a hike in the…
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  • A Ride in a Bubble – Grenoble
    23 May 2015
    With the mountains all around, Grenoble is known as "Capital of the Alps". Its history goes back 2000 years to when it was a small Gallic village. Later, in the 11th century, Grenoble became significant as capital of the Dauphiné,…
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  • It’s a Big Small World?
    20 May 2015
    Located in a 16th century, arcaded pink building, the Maison des Avocats (House of lawyers) is a beautiful Renaissance building in Vieux Lyon, and home of the Musée International de la Miniature et Décors de Cinéma. This museum contains an…
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  • Annecy – The Venice of Savoy
    17 May 2015
    Day trips out to new places are always multi-faceted adventures. Not only are we going to a place we have never been before, but simply the act of getting there is often an experience in itself. Such was our visit…
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  • Dijon
    15 May 2015
    Yes, the Dijon of mustard fame. We had spent the night in Beaune, and our plan was to take the train the short distance further for a brief visit to the capital of the Côte-d’Or département and of the Burgundy…
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  • Yay! A Holiday
    09 May 2015
    Our days are interesting here, nothing ever goes exactly as planned but that is part of the adventure. So we are flexible and enjoy the surprises along the way.
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  • Beaune, the “Capital” of Burgundy Wines
    07 May 2015
    Beaune is the center of the Burgundy wine region and the primary wine auction in France is held there. It is all about the wine, it is a town dedicated first to the wine industry (i.e. tractors, harvesting equipment, vats…
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  • Joan and Mel
    03 May 2015
    "If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." ~ John Irving
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  • Apartment Hunting … Choose Well!
    30 April 2015
    How do we decide on an apartment in another country ? What do we look for? It’s not easy when you need to balance comfort, location and budget. It can be pretty easy to find a place that meets two…
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  • Back to Venice?
    23 April 2015
    The Medieval village of Perouges had been on our list of must-see places near Lyon for a while. And as we began to do some more research, this weekend (19 April) popped up on the community calendar as the weekend…
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  • A Waltz Through Vienne
    22 April 2015
    We were in need of a day-trip. So we closed our eyes and stuck a pin in the map. Well not really. Our excursions are pretty much dictated by the train routes that are available, and we generally look for…
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  • A Couple of Days in Lyon … Wandering
    19 April 2015
    We had a couple of beautiful days wandering about Lyon, clear skies, great temperatures, and spring flowers everywhere. It is truly a grand city. Not much text in this post, just a visual smörgåsbord to delight the eyes ... enjoy.
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  • Lyon, Déjà Vu, and a Birthday Party Too!
    16 April 2015
    Back when we first began this adventure we went to St Malo where we happened to meet Nicolas, Lucie, and their 2-year old daughter Noémie. Later we went to live in Lyon for three months, we were invited a birthday…
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  • My Terrace Afternoon
    09 April 2015
    Sitting outside on the terrace of our apartment, I am in awe that we are living in Lyon France. For all the traveling we have done, even the 6-8 week stays in other French cities last year, this time it…
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  • Home Sweet Monchat
    08 April 2015
    In the 3rd arrondisemont of Lyon is a small neighborhood known as Montchat. It is here we found an apartment where we feel at home. Primarily a residential area, our flat is less than two blocks from the small, tree-lined…
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  • Rain, Rain, Go Away …
    17 December 2014
    Overcast, rainy and cold. It has been cold again, and it has been raining all day. However, we HAD to get out. So off we went to the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse … again. An indoor, high-end, high-quality market,…
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  • Fête des Lumières – Night 4
    09 December 2014
    The finale of the Fête des Lumières will begin with a Celestial Parade where “The planets and stars of the solar system meet in Lyon on December 8 at Place Kléber and parade along Cours Franklin Roosevelt all the way…
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  • Fête des Lumières – Night 3
    08 December 2014
    Coming here evolved out of several factors. We had originally planned to search out some warmer climes for the winter, but it’s not warm here. Whatever reasons we may have had for being here have been eclipsed by the serendipitous…
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  • Fête des Lumières – Night 2
    07 December 2014
    Together with our new French friends Nicolas and Lucie, we returned to the Fête des Lumières. The images that are projected on the buildings are filled with motion and constantly change during each performance. Some use the architecture as part…
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  • Fête des Lumières – Night 1
    06 December 2014
    Last night was the first of four nights when the city is brightened up by 70 installations that create a truly magical atmosphere, and that is in addition to all of the lights in stores and on the streets. The…
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  • Lyon … Serendipity Strikes Again
    27 November 2014
    We were only in Lyon three weeks, and didn’t know how much we’d like the place. However, how we came to be in Lyon is a delightful story that begins, "... My brother and his wife were sitting with us…
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  • Leaving Montpellier
    26 November 2014
    We have always said that our travels do not stem from a desire to leave someplace, but rather to go somewhere else. To us it is a significant difference. I think it is a corollary to the “glass half-empty or…
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