I really wanted to keep up with my blog while I was in Lyon, but the hotel had the worst internet ever - in some ways it was more frustrating than not having any at all! The little circle would spin and spin and once in a great while would connect with a website but not too often. I posted some pictures to Facebook from my phone but now I'm in Paris for three days and have great internet here at this hotel.
My trip began last Tuesday with an overnight flight from Philadelphia to Frankfurt, Germany, and then on to Lyon, France, on Lufthansa. I thought the snack they served was kind of funny and quite different from what we get in the US (which is nothing!) Even the lounge in Frankfurt had very different food for breakfast - liver spread, tomatoes, pickles, and some kind of herbed white goopy stuff. I had just a cappucino instead. :)
It was nice to get to Lyon and full day early (just in case winter caused a delay in one of my flights) and have some time to do some sight-seeing before the event began.
It wasn't too far of a walk to go into the historic part of the city... the sun and the snow chased each other all day!
The first day of classes was great! It was so nice to see so many familiar faces and friends!
That night we had a good Italian dinner at the new Confluence mall - there is even a Hollister in the mall - that just feels wrong! :)
Day 2 of classes went well too... Emilie, my translator, makes it so much easier for me! I couldn't do it without her!
That night Marie Dominque and her husband Claude invited me into their home for dinner again this year. What a treat! I even tried fois gras and had seconds and thirds! It was that good! There is nothing better than friendship and laughter - even when you don't speak the same language! I am so blessed to have sweet friends around the world. Seriously - I went to sleep that night just overwhelmed with gratefulness!
(Marie Dominique had been sick and then had been up all night with their son who had been in the hospital on a school trip - Claude made a fabulous veal roast - yum!)
Day 3 was good too... I hope I get to return next year... I have friends I need to see! :)
After three days of classes - teaching nine classes in that time - I am ready for some R&R! I'm looking forward to some down time in Paris this week. The weather forecast is great and I'm going to do some wandering! Stay tuned!