Friday, August 29, 2014

Luncheon In Paradise

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Jimmy Buffet sang of cheeseburgers in paradise. Quelle horreur! On Thursday we had a two and a half hour, three course lunch with a bottle of Provençal rose, a few coffees, a visit from the house cat and many, many photographs. The photo on top is my starter

The venue was Restaurant Beausejour in the mountain hamlet of Gorbio, looking over the town of Menton, The Mediterranean and, unfortunately, the A8 motorway.  We stayed in Menton when we were last in the area two years ago. Our companion was our friend and colleague Jilly Bennett of Menton Daily Photo. One could not imagine such a pleasant afternoon in the U.S. No experience at home can compare. Nous aimons la France.

Many more pictures of Gorbio to edit.                                  

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

In The Market

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Quick post from the outdoor market in the old city of Nice. Just about everything seemed to be local. The old city is a warren of narrow, twisting streets.

We're on our way over to the tiny village of Gorbio this morning to meet our colleague, Jilly, for lunch at the incomparable Restaurant Beausejour. Jilly is the de facto town photographer.          

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sur la Côte d'Azur

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It's been a full if jet-lagged day of walking around the old city in Nice, eating French food (there must be a McDonald's here but I haven't seen it) and trying hard to communicate with the locals. With the additional practice, I think that French has edged out Spanish as my best language that I'm bad at.

Note that the beach here is made of small, smooth rocks, not sand. Everyone brings a roll-up wood slat mat rather than just a towel.

As you can see at the bottom, Mrs. C and I are thinking of you, gentle reader, the whole time we're here.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Nice

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Yep, Nice, France, the end of our trail. You know, famous for salade niçoise, being on the Cote d'Azur and brilliant summer sun, which is nowhere to be found today (as illustrated below).

Tiring trip from St. Louis to Chicago to Paris to Nice. All flights were late, although we didn't miss any connections. Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle Airport is a terrible place to get around and stunningly ugly from the outside. (Part of the cavernous Terminal 2F, where we left for Nice, is below. A very nice information lady in 2A, where we came in, said it was five minutes walk away. Try 25, sweetie.) Got hopelessly lost trying to find our hotel from the Nice airport despite having two GPS systems, a Garmin and my iPhone with Google Maps. No energy to go to the city center for dinner tonight so we went to the supermarket around the corner and got sandwiches, fruit and wine.

I spoke to several actual French people today in their native language and some of them understood me. I'm thrilled. Bed in a moment. Tourism tomorrow.                                          

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Monday, August 25, 2014


Wild Child

Today's the big travel day. We won't get to our destination until tomorrow. The town is known for its salad.

So if I have absolutely nothing else to post there are always pictures of Madeleine. These are from last week's parties. Top, flipping up and down with dad and a friend (she thought it was quite amusing). Bottom, with Uncle Andy, who, to my great regret, is wearing a Chicago Cubs hat. Otherwise a good young man.

If I get a post up Tuesday it may not be until the afternoon my time.                                      

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Half Happy Baby

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A couple of yoga enthusiasts told me that's the name of the pose in the top picture. Madeleine's birthday party, part 1, was held the day after her birthday, due to family comings and goings. There's another today, when her other grandparents come up from Houston. I wish I had joints that moved like that.

Below, Ms. M has had enough yogic activity and decided to become the guest  conductor.              
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Air Salvage

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I've had airplanes on my mind this week (Bardarbunga, too). Didn't have anything to post today but I saw this while driving home from work - two scrapped light aircraft, strapped to a trailer and towed by a pickup truck. New to me! Hoping American Airlines has better equipment.

Shot with my iPhone from the driver's seat. Kids, don't try this at home. Remind your father not to do it, too.