After concluding my discussions with my colleagues at ISEOR yesterday, Cyd and I went to one of our other favorite restaurants in Vieux Lyon, Le Petit Gluton. This restaurant is a bouchon, which specializes in saucissons (sausages). An interesting fact in Lyon is only bouchons that make their own saucisson on-site are allowed to use red-checked tablecloths, as a sign of their specialty and accreditation status. We have been coming here to enjoy a good meal since 2009, as well. The Chef de Crepes, Monsieur Tony, makes them outside from a crepe cart under the awning. It is a pleasure to watch him make his crepes from scratch armed with nothing more than a long thin spatula and a very hot griddle. The crepes are served with a variety of fillings as the final course of the daily menu selection. Blood sugar be damned, I had to finish off my Saucisson Chaud meal with a delicious Crepe Chocolat. Fortunately, it was somewhat of a hike back to the hotel, so I worked some of the sugar off.
Along the way back to the hotel, we found another fine English establishment in France, the King Arthur Pub, where they served us up a couple of pints of London Stout, one of our favorite cask ales that we have enjoyed many times at the King’s Arms in Oxford. I guess we’ll be putting this English pub on our list of “must-stops” in Lyon for our next trip here. During my discussions with Monsieur Bonnet at ISEOR, he expressed interest in my current research on team dynamics. He encouraged me to submit a paper on that topic for the annual ISEOR-Academy of Management conference here in June 2016, so that is our target date to return. Lyon is one of our favorite European cities due to the relaxed pace, charming atmosphere, and exquisite cuisine and it is always a pleasure to spend some quality time here. However, our time in Lyon has come to an end for this trip. Research discussions are completed, so now both Cyd and I are looking forward to beginning the creative segments of our 2015 European Adventure.
This morning, I am composing today’s blog from the TGV enroute from Lyon Part Dieu to Aix-en-Provence TGV station. We are certainly looking forward to our stay in Aix at our VRBO apartment, La Méjanes. Our landlords, Jean-Philippe and Elisa, have been very diligent in staying in contact with us leading up to our rental, so we are looking forward to meeting them in person today. Fortunately, we will be able to catch a taxi from the TGV station to a corner near the apartment, so we won’t have to schlep our luggage very far. It will be nice to stay in one place for an extended period of time, so we don’t have to live out of our suitcases.
Our train ride down from Lyon was very pleasant as we toasted our arrival in Provence with some excellent Reserve La Baume Saint Paul. Even the house wine in French bistros is better than most good wines that we buy in the U.S. Our seats were on the upper deck and we had a great view of the Provençal countryside with its rolling hills and patchwork quilt farms. The painting muse is starting to strike hard now, but it is difficult to take a picture from the bullet train and impossible to sketch as the train hurtles down the track at almost 200 mph. Oh well, we will have time enough for the artwork after we settle into La Méjanes this afternoon.
Before I close out and publish today’s blog post, today is my older sister’s (Dr. Janet Baugh Croft) birthday. Happy Birthday and a very Happy April Fools Day to you from France, dear Janet. I hope all is going well with you and Steve.