In 2006 we went to Lyon, the second-largest city in France, to visit the International School of Lyon. I fell in love with the city instantly; the rivers, the architecture and of course the food and wine. Thanks to our wonderful host Mandy, who showed us the sites, we gained a unique local insight into the city. One of my favourite features of the old town was the door knockers. They continued to fulfil their day to day function and yet embodied the passing of time. I found beauty in the peeling paint, the worn wood and repeated restorations of these witnesses to the city’s life.