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My colleague Alexandra (of the baby bottle) kindly invited me to spend the weekend with her husband and in-laws at their house in a village about half an hour from Lyon. It was just lovely - I can see why people fall in love with rural France!

Saturday's project was to build a shelter for a pair of sheep who are coming to keep the grass neatly cut. Christophe's parents came to help out.

The finished product.
finished cabane


The back of the house.
alex's house

The view from my room on the second floor.

While the boys were working, we went to a craft fair in the nearby village of Hières-sur-Amby. The local praline tarts were a little too sweet for me.
Hières-sur-Ambypraline tarts

But the hats were cool.
Hières-sur-Amby hat display

I liked this one in particular - a linen sun hat. Too small though.
Hières-sur-Amby the hat I want

The village church tower.
Hières-sur-Amby church tower

Then on to Larina, where we walked up a hill.
Larina field

To see the Roman ruins.
Larina archeological site

And a surprising view of the village below.
Hières-sur-Amby nuclear power plant

Dinner Saturday night at a local restaurant serving regional specialties, including the cheese plate.
l'alouette cheese plate

And chocolate cake with cream sauce for dessert.
l'alouette chocolate dessert

Sunday lunch on the sun porch.
christophe sunday lunch

Then a stroll around the village.
a walk after lunch

A typical house.
a typical house in the neighborhood

On to the picturesque village of Pérouges which is famous for its galettes.
perrouges galette boulangerie

And its medieval charm.
perrouges house

Back to Lyon and work.
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On April 21st, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC), nausica2 commented:
Très joli!

The picture with the cheeses? Delicious!
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On April 21st, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Strange to think we are in the same time zone!
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On April 21st, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC), nausica2 replied:
Oh, you are right. I have you associated with the posts I read in the morning. *g*
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On April 21st, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Nice pics! So very green. I don't want to have to travel, but I wouldn't mind actually being there.

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On April 21st, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
Thanks! I really enjoy looking at your picts.
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On April 22nd, 2008 06:00 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It was fun! As much as I hate traveling, it does have some benefits.
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On April 21st, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC), damiandoyle commented:
Oh no! Vasco will go off when she sees these photos.
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On April 22nd, 2008 06:00 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
That's certainly one advantage of living in Africa - Europe isn't so far away. Though I did have some Aussie colleagues who preferred to return to Australia via the US because the baggage allowance is more generous.
On April 22nd, 2008 06:03 am (UTC), damiandoyle replied:
Yep, Vasco's already mentioned just how close we will be to fresh baguettes and cute English pubs. After seeing these photos I'll be voting for the French countryside.
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On April 22nd, 2008 06:05 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Though there already are fresh baguettes and cute English pubs in Nbi....
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On April 23rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Alas, no. Sorry to miss you guys!
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On April 21st, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
mmmmmmm cheese!
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On April 22nd, 2008 06:00 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I know!
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On April 22nd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC), seegrim commented:
What incredible pictures!

And wow! The cheese
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On April 22nd, 2008 06:01 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I wasn't wild about the rest of the meal so I only posted the prettiest photos, if you can imagine that.
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On April 22nd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Oh my, sublime! Thanks for taking us along with you.

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On April 22nd, 2008 05:29 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Yummy gorgeous! Wish I could be there--LOVE France in the off-season.

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On April 22nd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC), curieuse commented:
Added you back -- great pics! :)

(Now you'll see about 500% more content on my LJ, if you feel like browsing.)
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On April 22nd, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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On April 24th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Yum! You have me drooling on the other side of the world.
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On April 27th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And yet, I still couldn't stomach most of the meal - the chef actually asked my friend if I were feeling ill!
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