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And I thought Lyon was cold…

Then I went to St Sym for the weekend. It’s in les Monts du Lyonnaise and therefore at a higher altitude to Lyon.

Winter white.

Lyon is between 162 and 305 metres above sea level and St Sym is between 480 and 629 (thanks Wikipedia)! Which means, of course, it’s at least 2° colder in St Sym. It’s -9° as I type, and we’re heading towards a low of -14° tonight (Saturday).

Me at chez Besacier…not really, it’s the local château!

The real chez Besacier, plus the salty road.

I know I’ve been banging on about the cold and the snow this week, but let’s not forget I’m from a small beachside town, altitude of sea level! Plus Australia isn’t really known for its snow.

I miss the beach!



There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere…

Because brrr, it’s cold! This week, we’ve had a lovely maximum of 1° and minimum of -13°. I know, I know, it’s nothing compared to some places (like Romania, -32°)! But I’m Australian, and as my Australian friend experienced, we get Vitamin D deficiencies from weather like this! But it’s so purdy…

Yes, I know, 2cm…

Lyon under the white blanket.

Fourvière, beautiful in any season.

The flower tree is a welcome burst of colour!

A slippin’ an’ a slidin’ on la Pont de l’Université!

And the highlights of this weeks snow? I managed to drive in it without hurting anyone, and I didn’t fall over once! Maybe I can do this northern winter thing, after all!



Winter in France sees the rich, heavy meals come out of the woodwork. One of my favourites is the gastronomic delight that is raclette.

Raclette is a type of cheese, but the meal of raclette is said cheese, melted and poured over charcuterie and potatoes, with gherkins and pickled onions on the side. It’s traditional mountain fare from the Alps. And it’s awesome!

I bought Sim a mini raclette grill for Christmas (because it’s one of his favourite meals too…really!). It’s an at-home affair – a traditional restaurant grill holds half a wheel of cheese! Home grills seem to be available for up to 8 people, and they have a hot plate on top – keep your potatoes warm or cook up some saucisson!

Traditional ‘appareil de raclette’ – scrape the melted goodness onto your plate.

Modern day mini – grill, for the small apartment!

Bon appétit!


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