28 November 2011

The Salon du Chocolat Comes to Lyon

Imagine roaming freely through nearly one acre of exhibits, demonstrations, conferences, workshops and fashion shows dedicated to the consummate cocoa bean and all its derivatives.

For the first time ever, the Lyon Convention is hosting the renowned Salon du Chocolat from Friday December 9th to Sunday December 11th.

For those who don't know, the Salon du Chocolat is the quintessential meeting place of growers, artisans and consumers of cocoa, all who share a passion for this extraordinary product (you know who you are). For a city known the world over for its gastronomy, it's surprising this international trade fair hadn't come to Lyon sooner (Wikipedia says that this yearly chocolate show began in 1994).

Practical Details
Location: Lyon Convention Center - 50 quai Charles de Gaulle

Entrance Fees: 10€ for adults, 5€ for children 3 - 12, free for kids under 3

Date and Time: 10am to 9pm Friday 9 December
                        10am to 7pm Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December

Not to be missed: On Friday and Saturday at 7pm, haute couture and chocolate come together in a parade featuring chocolate dresses at the Convention Center's Raymond Barre Esplanade.

But the best way to appreciate this year's Salon du Chocolat in Lyon is through the tasting opportunities that will be offered throughout the weekend, of which there promises to be many.

24 November 2011

Best Thanksgiving Day Question

A few days ago I started drilling my kids on the origins of Thanksgiving, telling the story of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic, meeting the Indians, and how the first Thanksgiving Day feast was celebrated.

Because we live in France, and are vegetarian, my kids have never experienced a true American Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, including the turkey. 

Even so, this is their history too. And I wanted them to know what it's all about.

Then during dinner tonight, I noticed my 11 year-old concentrating hard on his plate. After pushing his mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to the side, he looks up and, with an air of suspicion in his voice, asks: "Do you think the pilgrims ate tofu too?"

21 November 2011

Price of Gas in France, Part 2

Seven months ago when I reported on the rising price of gas in France, customers at this station in Lyon were paying 1.56€ for one liter of S/Pb 95 (unleaded).

Today they're paying 1.50€ per liter, six cents less than at the beginning of the year.

What's the reason for this drop?

According to this on-line article from last Thursday, anxiety over Europe's debt crisis has caused oil prices to drop 4 percent.

Maybe. But my guess is that this is a temporary tumble and that prices will be back up again soon.

Next "Gas in France" report — December 2011.

18 November 2011

Did You Know...? Part 5

Celebrated French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel engraved the names of 72 engineers and mathematicians on the four sides of his famous Eiffel Tower.


To pay tribute to their scientific contributions to the world.

Aside from being scientists, these 72 people share one other trait — they're all men.

To find out whose names (including occupation) have been engraved on the tower, you can visit this page on the official Eiffel Tower website.

13 November 2011

Weekend Photos - Lyon

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Setting sun reflecting off the greenhouse glass.

The Saône River

Mid-morning on the Saône.


Looking up to the Fourvière Basilica from the Rosary Gardens.

01 November 2011

Copywriting Business Website

 *** UPDATE: 6 March 2017 ***

My website is currently being updated. The address is the same (www.alexquici.com) but the look is different.

The French version is gone but now there are several pages with samples of projects I've worked on for various clients. You can also buy my ESL training book (more to come in the future).


It's official — today the English and French versions of my business website went live. But chances are good I'll still be tinkering with it for many days to come.

The activity, as the logo to the left indicates, is for copywriting services, especially for companies in Lyon (or anywhere else for that matter) whose websites and brochures and annual reports could benefit from a native English plume.

Here's the address: www.alexquici.com

Have a look around and let me know what you think.