Welcoming Our First Guests

Rooftops of Moulins

We enjoyed having our first visitors to stay. It was an opportunity to see if the house design worked with guests, it did, and to take numerous photos, I did.

Our house is not luxurious but it is warm and designed to make use of every square metre. We do not have a dedicated guest room. When guests come to stay, we transform what has become Megan’s office into the guest room. The transformation gives our guests their own bathroom, privacy, and a little space to themselves at night.

We experienced how well this arrangement worked when we visited friends in London. This was something more than a simple en-suite. Having your own bathroom and space as a guest is wonderful. We later saw this approach reappear in house plans suggested by various builders. In those plans, the separated area was marketed as being for the parents or master bedroom.

We took that experience on board. In our design we adapted the idea and instead ensured guests would benefit, rather than the master bedroom. At this stage of our lives, we like the idea of a family section of the house and a shared family bathroom.

Our house design confused the builders. They assumed uses of the spaces that were never intended. At times that caused quizzical exchanges.

What we have built is particularly attuned to our needs. This then was our chance to see if the design worked for guests. I think it did.

Photo Opportunity

With guests in tow, I have been out and about taking more photos than usual. Below are a few photos that particularly stand out.

Saint-Germain-des-Fossés train station
Saint-Germain-des-Fossés train station
House in Charroux
House in Charroux
Rooftops of Moulins
Rooftops of Moulins
Vichy Opera House
Vichy Opera House
Inside Vichy Cathedral
Inside Vichy Cathedral

Rain Drops

We have enjoyed having visitors this last week.

The unseasonably wet weather made some of our plans impossible but thankfully Lyon has plenty to show visitors even in the rain. We made the most of the situation and have indulged our guests as best we can.

Rain droplets on a leaf.
Rain droplets on a leaf.

While our guests were pointing their camera lens at the horizon, I had some fun photographing the tiny. The photo above is clichéd but it still looks great.

First Guests

Selections of sweets and treats delight visitors

For the first time, there are more than just the two of us in our small apartment. We are also in the middle of electrical problems and suffering from an almost fixed water leak.

It has been a while since we visited Les Halles de Lyon. This notable food hall is a wonderful example of why Lyon has its reputation for food. We took our guests for a visit to the halls on Saturday morning. Our visit coincided with numerous other small tour groups. I appreciated not being the only person holding a camera.

A new office tower is being built next to Les Halles de Lyon. It detracts from the initial impression of the site but does nothing to take away from the vendors inside.

Les Halles de Lyon, looking from Cours Lafayette
Les Halles de Lyon, looking from Cours Lafayette
Infamous French snails with garlic butter filling
Infamous French snails with garlic butter filling
A vendor has beautiful tables with spices enclosed behind a glass surface
A vendor has beautiful tables with spices enclosed behind a glass surface
Cured meat hanging waiting for its buyer to come along
Cured meat hanging waiting for its buyer to come along
Bresse chicken complete with heads
Bresse chicken complete with heads
A still growing block of cheese
A still growing block of cheese
Selections of savoury items tempt visitors
Selections of savoury items tempt visitors
Selections of sweets and treats delight visitors
Selections of sweets and treats delight visitors