Genas is my home until the end of January, and I’m finally feeling at home here.
Geographically it’s not far from Lyon at all, about 30 minutes en voiture, and a very pretty 30 minutes at that. But Genas is a world away. It’s a village of 12 000 (and I thought Darwin was small at 150 000) and, from what I’ve seen in my short time here, it is very small-town. Everyone seems to know each other, there are a lot of people walking or riding around, and even more driving around. The town square has its fair share of people hanging around gas-bagging and it’s patisseries, boulangeries and other boutique-y shops. It has its Sunday market, and its farms where we go to buy our veggies every Saturday morning. It has its fields for horses, its crops fields, and its empty fields. It has its occasional decrepit old farmhouse. It has its fairytale houses, and the clean streets, the very popular green parks. And it is surrounded by other small towns, whose borders are difficult to define (or would be if it weren’t for the signage).
The photos can tell the story far better than words, but Genas is the archetypal French town (maybe a bit too big but other than that). The houses are fairytale brick and wood, each very similar to the next but also quite unique. Each extremely beautiful.
My backyard is a strip of soft, vibrant green grass then a paddock that sometimes houses two horses. I love so sit out the back and take in the gorgeous view, to de-stress and just relax. The wide blue sky, the paddock of dandelions, daisies and other lovely “weeds”, the greenery. Nature. It helps so much.
Every evening we eat dinner on the porch, which looks out onto the front yard. There is a pool, then a row of neat hedges lining the fence. The grass is, of course, vibrant green, well kempt and very soft. The pool is pristine and has its very own motorised cover (in winter it sometimes freezes over :O). There are a few pretty, token trees; roses; lavender (je l’adore) and other flowers. The view extends to the front neighbour’s beautiful house and garden, and, best of all, includes the immense, beautiful, ever-changing sky.