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Adventures in heels: Pérouges, France

It has been a great fun to have some American friends visit me last week. I’m sure you will forgive my silence, first, I was busy showing them around, eating all sorts of lyonnaise delicacies and drinking great regional wines; then I was busy trying to catch-up on all the left behind work…

As part of my tour guide duties, I took K. & C. to Pérouges, a little medieval town, about 30 minutes from Lyon. According to Wikipedia, “Pérouges was inhabited by craftsmen — mainly farmers and linen weavers. It was probably founded by a Gallic colony returning from Perugia in Italy. In 1167, the Seigneur d’Anthon famously shut the commune’s walls against the troops of the Archbishop of Lyon, and as early as 1236 the inhabitants earned communal freedom. In 1601 the town officially became French. Until the end of the 18th century, the textile industry in Pérouges boomed. In the 19th century, however, roads and railroads were re-routed and the population dropped from 1,500 to 90. But, starting in 1911, the town was restored and houses were saved. Today, Pérouges is a popular tourist attraction.”

As we visited the local church, K. noted the narrow windows and commented that it was probably a defensive mechanism… for canons! I suggested it might have been for people to throw burning oil… They didn’t have canons in the 12th century, did they? I might be wrong… It suddenly occurred to me that death by burning oil must be atrociously painful… what savages we are…

But, in 2012, we had a beautiful fall weather and the visit was delightful…

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