Like the title? Simple and succinct. Much like me...well, actually not like me at all but that's neither here nor there.
It's a cold Vancouver afternoon and I'm pleased to say that I've gotten a lot of work done this morning. No, I haven't touched my correspondance just yet but I'll get to that. My goal of today and tomorrow is to finish William Faulkner's "Light in August." Sounds like a daunting task considering I'm only on the first chapter, but hey, I read "The Bell Jar" in a few hours so I can do anything.
Another goal I had for today was to continue writing about my recent travels (here and on my other blog, where you can read all about Scottish Food). I realize I'm still stuck on Lyon and though I keep getting sidetracked about boots and things and I'm currently wanting to brag about how I went to the market this early morn (tried blood oranges...so good) and didn't slip and fall on my ass like so many Vancouverites who decided to brave the ice today, I know that I have to write the damn travel posts or it'll never get done. And thou shall never know the misadventures Ross and I bestowed upon ourselves...even though the posts pretty much add up to watching a boring vacation video at Aunt Selma's (there will be no pictures of my hairy legs, rest assured).
Anyways, I've wasted enough time. So, on with it!
To recap (as if you need it) click here.
I'll start by talking about the cute french flat we had the privilage of staying in over a few days.
Ross's sister Cat and her husband Chris purchased a 300 year old flat in Vieux (Old) Lyon last year and Ross and I were very excited about staying there. Or at least I was. Even though I spent a month in France last year I never got to see a typical French abode, only hotels (which were also typically French in their own way).
The flat's location was excellent, on a corner so it's bright and airy and situated directly across from the River Soane.
Unfortunately it is also above a noisy bar. This may seem like a good thing to some people, but believe me, it's not.
Cat and Chris frequent their friend's Scottish bar The Wallace, which is one block away so they don't even use the convenience of actually living above a bar. Plus the bar is extremely noisy. The old, high ceilings of the flat provide no sound insulation whatsoever, so when the bar has their concerts you can hear it all throughout the flat.
They had one on our last night and even though we were two floors up we could hear it clear and loud as day. Even through my earplugs, I could samba to the bass. Cat had a screaming match with the bar's owner and phoned the police that night, the second time she'd called them since we arrived and probably the hundredth time that year. As expected, the music died down...only to start salsa-ing up an hour or two later.
Aside from that one drawback, the flat is absolutely adorable. I love anything historical, so it was a real treat to stay someoplace as old as that flat (in Vancouver, if it's over 100 years old it's like a national treasure).
I especially liked the candy-colored kitchen that was sprinkled with French cookbooks, bunches of lavender, old cooking pots and a fridge stocked with wine and beer. The booze was the selling point.
Best of all, the walls and doorframes....
...were all old stone. It gave it a desirable rustic look that I would love to be able to duplicate in my new-ish studio (hmmm, perhaps if I took a bat to my walls and ripped out some of the mortar).
Even the stairwells of the complex were quaint...as in not painted, not swept and with unpaned windows.
A perfect place to have my morning cup of coffee and watch the streets of Lyon below.
The most "French" thing of all, happened on the last day. Outside our window, a Sunday market suddenly sprang up. It gave new meaning to "Window Shopping!"
So now you know a bit about where we stayed...what we got up to while we were there is next.