Yesterday, we took a bus to Lyon, which is the third-largest city (second-largest urban center) in France. It is located about an hour from Grenoble, where the Saône and Rhône rivers meet.
Lyon is beautiful and is known for its gastronomy. It is one of the top food destinations in the world, both for aspiring chefs and for restauranters. It was the home to Paul Bocuse, who was the le chef de tous les chefs. He was taught by Mme. Eugenie Brazier, who was a force in her own right–she was the first, and to this date, the only person to be awarded three Michelin stars twice. Bocuse held three Michelin stars since 1965. He died earlier this year. We went to a food hall that was built in his honor. It did not disappoint! It was full of florists, fishmongers, cheese shops, bakeries and more. The attention to detail and displays were spectacular!
Above: M. Paul immortalized in a mural and in his food hall in Lyon.
Left: A little description of Bocuse and his accomplishments. (If you have not seen the Parts Unknown Lyon episode, you can view Anthony Bourdain’s experience with Bocuse and Daniel Boulud here.
Above: Mme. Eugenie Brazier, who struck fear into the heart of Bocuse. What a boss!
Above: A few of the delights at La Halle
We had some nice treats throughout the day. We had the best pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant) of our trip thus far at Boulangerie de Saint Marc, a crêpe lunch, and some really good, American-style coffee at Mokxa (see below).
Our language learning is starting to progress. We have been in France for less than a week, but we are starting to pick up on conversational French. It is challenging to have someone say something very quickly, understand what is being said, and respond appropriately. However, part of it is just listening carefully and not getting too flustered. We have had small (but meaningful) conversations with our “cheese man” at the market and some other people. Everyone has been very kind to us.
We are going to join a couple of English-French speaking groups here in Grenoble to help us learn French and to make some friends. They meet in cafes throughout the city. We are also planning some trips within France and neighboring countries. We were able to go to Lyon on a bus and return safely (all in French) so far, so that’s a good start!
Have a good weekend, everyone!
Nous allons rejoindre quelques groupes francophones-anglophones ici à Grenoble pour nous aider à apprendre le français et se faire des amis. Ils se rencontrent dans les cafés de la ville. Nous prévoyons également des voyages en France et dans les pays voisins. Nous avons pu aller à Lyon en bus et revenir en toute sécurité jusqu’a présent (en français), donc c’est un bon début!