One of the joys of being a writer is the process of researching our chosen time, place or occupation - whatever is needed to give our characters the depth to make their lives believable.
I live in Saltaire, near Bradford in West Yorkshire. At first sight, you might think my northern town has little in common with the Renaissance city of Lyon in France. Lyon has two mighty rivers, a hot climate, and a culture of street cafés with a vibrant night-life. By contrast, Saltaire is a small Victorian mill town by a canal, on the edge of the moors, with a typically northern English climate of cold winds and bleak grey skies.