14 August 2009

Off we went to our new address for me (Rolf) to see the apartment for the first time. Birgit had of course been here in June to choose it. First impression: it will take a while for me to get used to it.

The apartment is located in a part of Lyon that is fairly industrial. To the west, there is a freight station (La Guillotière), and to the east a cemetery by the same name. Our road is a narrow one-way with a few other residential properties, but mainly businesses. On the ground floor of our house, for example, there is a workshop that specializes in reconditioning and selling domestic appliances.

The house is probably as old as Beechen.  From the outside, it looks just as run-down as well, but it is very solidly built. You enter through a large, heavy wooden front door to find a masonry staircase with cast-iron railings. Daylight hardly finds its way inside, and the gloom is compounded by a layer of dust. But once you open our door on the first floor, the picture changes completely: our apartment is bright and airy with high ceilings (over 3 metres) and windows. The rooms are large and have “placards” (built-in cupboards). It is newly renovated, but retains what estate agents call “period features”, including art nouveau tiles in the kitchen that Birgit loves.

We spent Monday afternoon cleaning the place. Later we went to see Iris and Alexander at their new place in Sainte Foy. They treated us to champagne and a lovely dinner on the balcony with a breathtaking view of Lyon. Alexander claims you can see Montblanc in clear weather, but we’ll believe that when we see it ourselves 🙂


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