We are on a four day assignment to Bordeaux this week. Bordeaux is over on the west side of France and our home base in Lyon is on the east. So we drove across most of the country yesterday. To break up the trip, we made a couple of stops along the way, first in Clermont-Ferrand and then in Perrigueux.
We love going in the churches and cathedrals. In Clermont there are two wonderful churches. The main cathedral, Notre-Dame de l'Assomption is rather unique in that it is the only large gothic structure made out of dark, almost black volcanic stone. The other one we visited was the older, romanesque basilica of Notre-Dame du Port.
In contrast to Clermont, the Perigueux cathedral, Saint-Front, is very Byzantine in style. The eastern-cross floor plan covered with multiple domes gives it a feel somewhat similar to San Marco in Venice but without all the mosaics.
Today we met with members of the Bordeaux Stake self-reliance committee. Our meeting was in the "Auberge du Marais", a wonderful little French restaurant out in the country side. This was one time that I didn't mind having a four hour long meeting! And tomorrow we will go to our Sunday meetings with about 25 members in the Mont-de-Marsan branch. The branch is planning to have lunch together after the block of meetings and then we will have a self-reliance fireside with them in the afternoon.
On Monday we will have all day to make our way back to Lyon, but this time we will take a different route home through Toulouse, Nîmes and Orange.
Have I mentioned that we are really loving this mission?!
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption in Clermont-Ferrand
Notre-Dame du Port in Clermont-Ferrand
Saint-Front in Perigueux.
Us with our self reliance manager, Momo Djemai