I'm back! It's been a while, I admit. This morning was my first oral presentation in French, the dreaded 'exposé', which was in my French class for foreign students. My teacher seemed impressed enough, so I was thrilled that the first articles that I found on Islam and the Suburbs online, doing a simple google search seemed like the right ones!
After a quick lunch with a friend, Laura (also from Melbourne) in Vieux Lyon at a quirky pub/café, I strolled along the cobble stone streets in my new Italian leather boots with numb hands shoved deep in my pockets and was happy that there was a little bit of sun in spite of the cold. I walked along past the cathedral, past all of the lynonnais 'bouchons' (which are small brasseries) and then over the bridge to the centre of town. I then had one of those 'I LIVE IN FRANCE!!! THAT IS SO COOL!!!!' moments, did a lap around the town square and took the metro home.
Last week I went to Le Parc de La Tête d'Or for the second time since I came here. You may remember it featured in a post published in August. The last time I went there I didn't really walk around though, as Chloé was eager for us to get some sun and read... so when I went back last week I was blown away by how beautiful it is and how much there is as well! Unfortunately last week I forgot my camera, so today when I went on my walk (yes, I am trying to walk some of the excess bread fat off), I tried to capture how alive and magnificent the park is...
And if you're tired of seeing photographs of autumn leaves... I suggest you don't scroll down.
I crunched through crunchy leaves...
|I saw great animals...|
|Thought about buying some fairy floss...but kept walking|
|I saw children playing in the leaves and the autumn sun peeking through|
|Soaked up the atmosphere...|
|There were hungry ducks and setting suns at 4pm...|
|I thought about waltzing lonelily through the rose garden..|
|This lake is a 10 minute walk from my house...what have I been doing at home all this time?|
|I wasn't the only one marvelling at our beautiful autumn...|
|In Lyon we recycle our leaves and our doggies have their own 'doggie business' space at the park...only in France.|
Miss you guys.... it's cold here (don't let the sun make you think otherwise)
PS. The photos wouldn't sit straight. I tried to fix it... sorry.