Lost In Limoges

From the sheep-dotted pastures of France's underpopulated Southwest, Limoges rises in all its grey glory. The city's claim to fame: fine porcelain. The half-timbered houses of the Medieval center are surrounded by strip malls and McDo. Land-hungry Brits descend with flailing pocketbooks (thanks, RyanAir). The weather is remarkably cool year-round. Sure, I live on rue de Nice, but this is NOT the Cote d'Azur. Welcome to Limoges, "the middle of nowhere"-- or as Pierre says "everywhere"-- France.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Destinations: Lyon, France

Smack in the middle of the Cotes du Rhone wine-growing region, at the crossroads to central Europe, the gastronomic capital of France (so much piggy at those traditional restaurants!), is an artistic and cultural center, and most importantly... oozes some serious ancient Roman history. What's not to love?!?!? (Especially since I'm a sucker for all things Roman/Latin-- despite our bad moods towards Materazzi and that lousy Italian football team-- and Lyon was the capital of the Roman territories of Gaul, after its founding as Lugdunum in 43 BC.) Of course I had to tag along with Pierre on a recent business trip.

[Photos: the Basilique Notre Dame lit up at night; graffiti; impressive wall murals-- part of the seven-storey Fresque des Lyonnais)


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