Why We Love Lyon


It’s got two rivers, the Rhône, and the Saône.  How do they love each other?  Take a close look at this sculpture.


They’ve got a special brilliant red praline that they melt on pastry, that makes it look like Christmas every day.  I’ve brought some home, and will be doing my own impossibly vivid Christmas baking with it.


It’s a whirligig slice of life.  We go up there, we come back down.  In between, almost anything can happen.  And it usually does.


It’s also a city that takes itself seriously, and we take it seriously too, because serious things always happen to us there.


Even the chocolates are very, very serious.  We eat one piece per day and count our blessings.


When you find yourself in need of comfort, and chocolate, and the comforts of chocolate, Lyon knows what to do about it.


When you find yourself in need of a walk in the wintry air, beautiful old doors are everywhere you look.  Today a beautiful door opened, just for us, just in time for the holidays.

Remember when I told you about Sylvie?  Well, Shel’s been seeing her ever since.  Don’t ask me to explain.  Don’t ask Shel to explain.  Probably, don’t even ask Sylvie to explain, because it’s impossible.  But for a couple of months now she’s been doing whatever it is she does, and now, three scans in a row, the tumor in Shel’s throat has gotten smaller.  Each time.  Smaller and smaller. 

Enough smaller that today in Lyon the surgeon told us that he can remove it, and Shel won’t lose his voice.


It’s Christmas and chocolate, all rolled into one.  And then some.

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24 Comments on “Why We Love Lyon”

  1. Michel Says:

    C’est fantastique! I am so happy to hear that, it really is an early Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and Shel and of course best health for the New Year!

  2. Lola Says:

    Your words have brought tears of joy… I’m so happy for Shel and you. Good luck with the surgery and have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

  3. Eden Says:

    blessings on Sylvie! It doesn’t matter if it’s magic or science that does the trick, as long as Shel is doing better!
    I am SO happy to hear good news on this front! Have a wonderful Christmas & we’ll look forward to hearing more positive news in the new year.

  4. Lauren Says:

    Abra and Shel – I am so happy! Merry Christmas indeed. And Happy New Year.

  5. Margo Says:

    The gift of healing hands. Hugs to you both and to Sylvie!

  6. Nina Says:

    How wonderful! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very special New Year.

  7. Shaya Says:

    There are some wonderful healers in the world, I know, I have met one or two myself. I am so happy to hear that you have met one, Shel. I hope you eat lots of chocolate and sing many happy tunes this holiday time. Thinking of you both with good thoughts.

  8. Jeanne Says:

    What great news! What a gift! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

  9. That is fantastic news Abra! It is Christmas, New Years and Birthdays all rolled into one.

    Happy Holidays,


  10. Kathy and John Says:

    Joyous News! Joyeux Noel!

  11. Rebecca Says:

    So happy for you both… wonderful news that something is in your control. I hope for you much more time together.

  12. Jim Says:

    Wonderful news, Abra! Our best to you and Shel for the holidays and a bright 2009.
    Jim & Joanna

  13. From another Sylvie. Beni soit Dieu.
    Best wishes

    (I did not know that sculpture of Le Rhone et La Saone)

  14. Arne Says:

    There’s a few centimeters of snow on the ground in Vancouver, with much more expected tonight. Janine and I are shedding tears of joy upon reading this. Truly wondrous news during a most wondrous season!

    We’ll raise another glass to you tonight!

  15. Sandra Says:

    What good news!!! I hope that 2009 will be a great year for you two.

  16. islandlass Says:

    Abra, that’s just wonderful news! Our best to you and Shel for a most healthy, happy and merry Xmas and New Year. It’s snowing as I write this, and a blizzard is expected. Can you believe that!

  17. Jan Lang Says:

    Such wonderful news!! The best Christmas present possible! We raise a glass of cheer to you both this Christmas with hope for a joyous New Year!

  18. Carolyn and Bob Says:

    Words fail. Hallelujah!

  19. Lucy Says:

    Great news, I look forward to seeing you in Lyon!

  20. Nan Says:

    This was so wonderful to read. I enjoy following along with your lovely pictures and time in France. I do believe there are individuals with healing power. So glad you found one.

  21. Marigene Says:

    What wonderful news for Shel and you.

  22. EHS Says:

    Its always darkest before the light… and so it was with the day and now Shel. Congratulations on Shel’s news. May each day be better and brighter than the last, this Holiday and New Year.

  23. KarenK Says:

    Good news, indeed. I hope we continue to hear such cheering words in the coming new year. Best wishes to all!

  24. Rona Y Says:

    It’s Christmas Eve in Phnom Penh, and for the first time during my trip I’ve lugged my laptop down to the poolside to find out what’s going on in the rest of the world. How happy I am that I did! What wonderful news for Shel, you, and all your loved ones (relatives and friends alike)! It will be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

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