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... did not get to Lyon until 6.30 when it was incredibly dark but it did start snowing. We had a quick freshen up at the restaurant before we made our way into town to get dinner and try some fine French cuisine! We kind of had our own freedom to go wherever we wanted for dinner and we found a nice restaurant with an English menu and were quite happy to settle there. The food was some of the best I have had. I had pork pate for entree, beef with red wine ...
... river. I got lots of good produce and since I got there toward the end of the market, I got a rotisserie chicken for 5 euros (instead of 8).
Tonight Nicole cooked mussels and potatoes and they weren't bad. The mussels were an odd texture but took the flavor of the veggies they were with.
Today was my first day of French classes, nothing too exciting happened.
Classes didn't start until ...
... And after all, we were in Switzerland.
We begin the first leg ... I'll say this of all three stages: every train ran on time to the minute ... each train was smaller, the tracks down to one way, the valleys narrower, higher ... lakes, mountains, fir trees, lots of cows in lush green pastures. All the connections were easy.
Finally, two hours later, at about 5 o'clock, we arrive and there is Daniel with his ...
... quarter mile around. At one end of the park was a statue of King Louis XIV, who apparently was important enough to the French citizens that they didn't destroy his statue. He was perched on top of a horse with a statue of a woman riding a lion on one side, and a man fighting a lion on the other. It was a bit bizarre, but still really beautiful and it reminded me again of how much I love French history and art.
From there, we took a trip to one of the cathedrals in ...
... bullet, but an artillery shell.
We came to, and rode up the hill into, the village of St. Romain, which Manu had raved about. We had our first delightful interaction at a little traditional café with all the family present. In addition to the requisite thimbleful of espresso, we shared a little fondant chocolat which brought tears to our eyes. Fait en maison, the patronesse was happy to tell us. Phyllis quickly turned them into ...