Lov­ing life in Lyon

France - - Have Your Say -

When I think of France I think of love and ro­mance. France seems to gen­er­ate a sense of pas­sion to which I am hum­ble. France to me is also the culi­nary cap­i­tal of the world. I first worked there at L’aigle Noir Ho­tel in Fon­tainebleau as an ap­pren­tice chef in 1972 when I was only 18 years old. Of course I even­tu­ally re­turned back home to my na­tive Eng­land, but I would re­turn to Paris and France many times dur­ing my life. As a

chef it was al­ways my dream to visit Lyon’s myth­i­cal in­door food mar­ket, with an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for of­fer­ing the very best of gourmet cui­sine - Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bo­cuse. It is known through­out the world and that is why its rep­u­ta­tion as France’s cap­i­tal of gas­tron­omy is so fa­mous. It was on Christ­mas Eve in 2016 that I was in Lyon, at the fa­mous Les Halles de Lyon. Be­ing Christ­mas Eve it was packed with shop­pers and the mar­ket was a hive of ac­tiv­ity. Then all of a sud­den I looked down and to my amaze­ment there on the floor was a €100 note. Some­one must have dropped it? So I picked up the note. It had been my dream to be in France again, at the mar­ket which I had al­ways wanted to visit and to find a €100 note too, well that was truly Christ­mas for me.

Charles Wright, Orange NSW, Aus­tralia

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