Friday, July 27, 2012
More on Lyon
That goes for the bureaucrats, too! Yesterday at the Mairie, the woman helping me was very apologetic about not being able to do what I needed her to do, and that was after the woman at the desk complimented my French pronunciation. (I have an obvious American accent when I speak. If someone compliments my pronunciation, she is likely being kind!)
Later in the day, I went with friends to the Resistance/Holocaust memorial of the prison of Montluc. It was overwhelming, and as I was standing, thinking about the victims deported to Drancy -- and then sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, I must have had a funny look on my face. One of the museum guides stopped and made sure that I was doing okay.
Yes, there have been documents to collect, calls to make, trips to the prefecture and the mairie and long waits in line, but throughout it all, I have been treated kindly.