London and LSE Graduation Ceremony 2017

Yes, the time had come for us to see our son graduate from London School of Economics (LSE) with a MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications.

This was taken on our first walk since arriving in London. We had two mostly sunny days ahead of us.

London Eye

We passed a little demo, rooting for baby Charlie, near this place.

 

LSE Old Building

The moment we had been waiting for. My husband and I did a High Five.

LSE Graduation Ceremony

We joined a very nice reception on the roof top.

The Media and Communications group posting for a photo.

Relaxed atmosphere.

The LSE is a good school, and will continue to serve its students very well.

Our next graduation ceremony will take us to Exeter University.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Beer Balcony Season has started again. My first visitor this summer was Martina, who used to live in our neighborhood. We had met at a camp fire on Halloween night 10 years ago.

And yes, it can be a glass of wine too.

Homes For Sale in Burgundy, France

In this quaint village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one out of five homes seems to be up for sale. There were quite a few of ‘A Vendre’ signs, some of the signs also looking rather old already.

This photo happens to show two for sale, side by side.

A Vendre

An old-fashioned mailbox near the Office of Tourism.

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is also the home of the famous anis candy. Stop at 4 Rue de l’Abbaye to visit their shop and museum. It will be easy to locate – just follow the smell.

Burgundy Food Specialties

In an earlier post, I had mentioned the La Grange eatery in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. They serve homemade cooking. Here we had roasted lamb with black lentils and sauteed zucchini. This place has many customers.

Lunch at La Grange

On morning, when the croissants were sold out, I ended up trying a local specialty. This is called a gougère and has a creamy cheese filling. Gougères are made of  savory choux pastry mixed with cheese.

This was my favorite place every afternoon.

This area was full of butterflies! Most of them were attracted to purple and burgundy colored blossoms.

What to See near Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

While in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, most of my time was spent resting in the garden. If I wasn’t reading, then I was dozing in my lounge chair underneath a canopy of leaves.

Some mornings, we drove around the vicinity and stopped in other villages for lunch. The best place to have lunch is right there in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain though. Visit the La Grange (open from noon – 6pm) for its daily specials.

One of those morning trips took us back to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, where we had vacationed in 2003.

Châteauneuf en Auxois

There are busloads of visitors coming to Châteauneuf en Auxois, including students on field trips.

We also visited the Abbay of Fontenay one morning (entrance fee: euro 10 p.p.) In 2004, the gardens of Fontenay were awarded the National Label ‘Remarkable Garden’ by the Ministry of Culture.

I love trees, so was in awe when I saw the gardens’ gigantic bicentennial plane tree, which was planted in 1780 and measures approximately 40m in height.