La Vie à Lyon

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Continuing Christmas

Christmas II was celebrated at Chez Besacier, on December 24. It was cozier than Christmas I, with just Sim’s immediate family present. We were 9, well, 10 if you include the fleeting visit from Père Noël. In France, we put our slippers around the Christmas tree and Père Noël puts our presents around our slippers!


During…checking out the presents. No Mum, I haven’t changed!

After! Joyeux Noël!

We enjoyed a few glasses of champagne for our apéritif, accompanied by petit boudin blancs, smoked salmon and the assembling of Evan’s tractor.

The tractor mechanics.

Escargots, cervelas and salad for entree, plus star sign scratchies and French Christmas tunes.

Shells of snaily goodness!

I tried to sing along…Petit Papa Noël!

A fabulous Madeira ham for main course, with hashbrowns and mushrooms, washed down with a lovley glass or three of Bordeaux rouge.

Nom nom nom.

I made a pavlova for dessert. As my second Christmas away from home, I wanted a little more Australiana at the table! But French cream doesn’t whip! Not the three we tried, anyway. So after many adventures in chantilly, we gave up and, after serving, just poured the slightly thickened cream over the top! Voila!

A touch of Australia!

Then it was time for presents…

But that’s another blog post!



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2 thoughts on “Continuing Christmas

  1. Chelsee Loren Clements on said:

    Don’t tell your mum but I’m coming for Christmas one year!

  2. Silvana on said:

    Now those snails I don’t mind but I am glad to be rid of the snail mail ones!! I got your postcard and it was lovely.

    A belated Merry Christmas to you and Simon.

    Your pav looks great! I’m sure Simon and his family were very impressed!

    Really enjoying reading your blogs. Can’t wait to read about Christmas number trois. 🙂

    Looks and sounds like you are having a fabulous time.

    Love Silv xx

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