Loving life in Lyon
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