Day 424 Lyon
It was time for Ella to depart, she was heading for Germany and would spent some time in Austria with family she was reconnecting with; it's very common for first and second generation Australians to grow up without seeing their cousins or extended family whose parents stayed in their home country. It was a wonderful opportunity for her to know them.
Ella is a stellar individual who I look forward to seeing again. A bright shiny person with her head on her shoulders, I enjoyed every conversation and it was a privilege.
It was also time for me to move, but not too far, just a few metro stops. It was my last day and Rebecca's friends Carla and her sister Lucille had offered to host me for the night.
Traipsing across the city to their apartment I climbed the stairs; I always laugh at myself a little when going to someone's apartment as they almost always live at the top and the 20kg 65L backpack certainly exercises the glutes on the way up.
I met with Carla and Lucille who were of course absolutely lovely. Carla, who I am still thankful for to this day, introduced me to the group La Femme, a band from Biarritz. In each country I visit I always ask people what their favourite music is from their own country and Carla nailed it. Whilst you’re reading this or perhaps after search for La Femme Sur la Planche, it’s particularly groovy.
Lucille prepared Tartiflette by slicing a six inch wheel of cheese in half and placed each piece on top of bacon and potatoes ready for the oven. I love France.
The suggestion was made to grab a city-bike and cycle to a nearby beer-house; this sounded ideal. Being that it was winter, something mulled was on the cards but I did not expect to see mulled beer. Now this warm, sickly, malty beverage isn't the greatest thing I have ever imbibed but neither is it the worst. I'd try it again one day but I'm in no real hurry.
It’s a shame I only had the one evening with Carla and Lucille as we got on famously and had some hilarious conversations. It’s fantastic to instantly be comfortable with people you’ve just met and this was a prime example; plus they melt cheese on things.