We started off Day 2 of our time in Lyon with a very typical Lyonnais activity – visiting the food market in the morning! Shaking off whatever traces of jet lag we may still have, the team met with Lyon-based Singaporeans Rachel and Patrick at Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), and commenced our sensory gastronomical journey!
The market stalls were bursting with rich colours and distinctive tastes, and the cool air was filled with the chatter of stall owners trying to make a quick sale. Some interesting things on sale included massive blocks of cheese, saucisson (dry cured sausages made from a variety of meats – very full flavoured), paella (surprisingly, since it’s more of a Spanish dish), and what could possibly be the best roast chicken ever. Needless to say, the foodies of TLP had a most satisfying time at the markets! And what a view we were treated to as well, especially when the clouds cleared and the sun peaked out to bid us Bonjour.
Another ‘sun’ came our way today too – in the form of our principal artist, Mr Sun Yu-li! He arrived from Singapore via Paris in the late morning, but like the trooper that he is, proceeded straight to the workshop to get into the groove. Hats off to you, sir!
The rest of the afternoon was spent preparing materials for the windmills. We’ve got a good workflow going now – there are dedicated stations for each task, like cutting the ends of the bottles, refining the ends, and drilling holes into the bottlecaps. Each person in the team took to their respective task quickly, and this really helped our efficiency in getting our materials prepared.
No matter how small or how insignificant anyone may think their job was, it all culminated into the ONE thing that we were all working towards at that point – putting the windmills together. With each item in place, and as we refined each person’s process, we were able to quickly put together over 80 windmills in just over an hour! Certainly quite a feat indeed – and the team wants to do even better!
One interesting thing that happened as our promotional posters were being put up at the window was that a passing gentleman reading some other posters at the windows paused to look at what we were doing, and jovially helped us to make sure our posters were aligned straight! He was holding a Fête des Lumières brochure and seemed to be interested in what we’re doing, and so we invited him for a quick chat, and in turn, to possibly come to volunteer with us on Tuesday morning! He even got some ‘Message on a Leaf’ pamphlets and said he’ll pass them out to his friends. Merci! We hope to see you on Tuesday, Alex!
The day ended off with yet another adventure – an accidental tour of Lyon for part of the group, who ended up having the whole bus to themselves (and a free ride back to their original destination)…
…and for another group, the admirable task of preparing dinner for everyone else
And what a feast we had! Warm cabbage broth with ikan bilis (brought from Singapore with love), fresh cheese and salad made from vegetables from the market, mushroom pasta, and mussels in white wine – just to name a few. It was a hearty way to end off a productive Sunday!
Lots to look forward to this week, so stay tuned for our updates!
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