Maurice and I were married in a small village near Annecy so I always love to revisit. Maurice’s aunt and uncle live there too so we always go and see them.

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Such a beautiful city.

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Doesn’t the place on the look like a great place to eat? We didn’t eat there but at a place just across the canal.

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I had this, tarteflette, made of potatoes, onions, bacon and cheese. It wasn’t very good as it was sort of premade with everything just dumped on the potatoes, not baked all together, plus, they forgot the onions. I ate it anyway.

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The canal in the evening light. There’s a well known photo-op in the canal where it splits around an old prison but there was scaffolding on it this time.

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Made made water fall but I still liked it.

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The tower of the chateau there in the evening light.

So we finally went to the wedding. It was in Lyon. Maurice’s cousin and his wife actually came to our wedding. I have to say that it seemed to be a bit strange to me and I thought it might be typical for a French wedding but I guess it isn’t. In France, if you are Catholic, you have a civil ceremony with the mayor and then a religious cereminy in a church. Since both Maurice and I were divorced we couldn’t be married in the Catholic church (plus, I’m not Catholic) so we just had a civil ceremony. This couple had already had the civil ceremony and we were there for the church ceremony. We arrived about in the afternoon and there were some other people there. We all stood in the parking lot in the blazing sun. I have no idea why we didn’t go into the church. Soon, the groom arrived and then the car with the bride arrived wearing her wedding gown. The groom went and helped her out of the car. I was shocked. You know how in America, the bride is hidden away and no one sees her until she walks down the aisle. Maybe it was because they had the civil ceremon before. We didn’t go into the church for almost 30 minutes. We were all huddled under a tree for relief from the sun. Finaaly, we went in for the ceremony. I was surprised to find that the music was a man with a guitar and a woman with an electric piano and their music sounded like something right out of a Baptist church. I expected just organ music I guess. The rest of the ceremony was as I expected. I asked a couple of French women if it was normal to stand outside until the actual ceremony and they said no.

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The bride and groom with paper hearts being thrown instead of rice.

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Where the after wedding party was held, a chateau.

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The grounds of he chateau.

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Doesn’t Maurice look handsome?

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The wedding cake is a mountain of custard filled cream puffs with melted sugar cascading down the sides. A sort of fire works were lit before serving.
The party was a sit down dinner. It started at 6pm with champagne and hors d’ouvres of which I ate too many because there was a six course meal afterwards. We finally left at 2am. When we got to bed it was almost three and that’s when I discovered we were next to a church that chimed the time twice every hour. Due to eating so late we didn’t sleep well at all.

We stayed in a small village not far from Lyon or from the after wedding party. Actually, we stayed in two places. The first place messed up our reservation so we had to find a second place. They were close together but, still, a pain to have to pack up and move.

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We were Beaujolais country, wine country, but it is considered an inferior wine by the French who know wine. I never had any and have only had Beaujolais Nouveau, a really young wine so I don’t know enough to have an opinion. I really liked the hills covered in vineyards.

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I liked the colors and character of this village building.

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This being June, roses were everywhere.

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These were nice too along the stairs.

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A balcony worthy of Juliette.

We spent the first night of our honeymoon almost seventeen years ago was spent at the Auberge Père Bise. We arrived very late that night after our wedding and had to drive on curving roads through very heavy rain. I was amazed when I saw it in the morning.

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It is situated on beautiful Lake Annecy. Annecy is way on the other side.

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Another view from the beautiful grounds.

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Look a rainbow cloud!

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A swan came up to say hello. We had two very expensive drinks in memory of times past.

I have been posting on Paris for about three weeks without actually being there. We came to our beach place before the bad flooding occured in Paris and we just returned from the wedding of the daughter of Maurice’s cousin. It was in Lyon and we drove there making a few stops along the way for a total of ten days. Our first stop was the city of Clermont-Ferrand which is the headquarters for Michlein tires and once all of the tires were made there too. It is a posperous university city.

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Our hotel was next to this huge open square.

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A beautiful shop.

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The city is near a huge ancient volcano area and many of the buildings here, including the church, are made of black lava stone.

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We climbed the 350 steps up the church tower to get a look at the view.

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It turns out that this city was also on the Camino for pilgrimage to Spain. This church had a black Madona, which is significant and rare in the Catholic church. I tried to get a closeup but it was too small and the crypt where it was was too dark. It’s at the top of that gold triangle less than a foot high.

There is a French company that makes the famous green chairs found in parks around Paris called Fermob and they have a store for the oublic where you can find more than just green chairs. I was interested to have a look at what was sold there.

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The exterior.

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Small models if you want one for your own garden or terrace.

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These little birdhouses were to hold keys with a specially made key ring. The birds were actually whistles.

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A selection of colors.

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Decorative items.

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And a pretty courtyard seen inside the store. I wish I had a terrace to put furniture on here in Paris so I could decorate it with some of what I saw in this store.

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