Monday, 14 September 2015

A Sunday with the locals (13th Sept)

Not too much of a sleep in today, we have to be out and get ourselves to a suburban train station by 9:30am. Anthony is there to meet us and take us to his house in a village just south west of Lyon. There the rest of the family await us, along with a fabulous French brunch beautifully prepared by Mouna (Anthony's wife)...croissants, baguette, French toast (best ever), apply tart, juices, tea & coffee. 

It is a relaxed morning, chatting about our trip, our plans and all kinds of other things. The kids do some homework and we do a bit of internet research about various places to go next. We eventually get going and drop the kids off at Anthony's parents house, before Anthony and Mouna drive us to Perouges. This is a spectacular medieval village west of Lyon. I think much of if has been reconstructed from ruins over the years, it is now a picture postcard village of stone buildings dating from 12th -14th century. It looks like some people still live in the village, but it does essentially seem a tourist place these days (and occasionally a perfect setting for a movie).

We have afternoon tea and check out the local 'sugar pie'..a bit too sweat for my liking, before heading back to Lyon to pick up the kids and head back to Anthony & Mouna's. While Mouna prepares dinner, Anthony helps us with organising the second half of the trip. Local knowledge is wondering, and as a result we are now heading to areas we had not previously planned (Alsace and then back to southern France!), he even helps by making phone calls which helps with the language barrier.

Then dinner is ready and Mouna has prepared a spectacular Moroccan dinner (she is part Moroccan and part Senegalese). First course is various salads and vegetable dishes, main is a chicken tagging (which is exceptional) and dessert is the leftover apple tart from the morning and some caramel cake that we purchased earlier. A wonderful dinner.

Then to top it all off Anthony kindly drove us back to our apartment in the city, which was excellent as it had been pouring with rain!

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