Archives: October 2007

Inax Clessence

We made it to Barcelona, stayed with some couchsurfers, hiked, went to the Dali museum, the beach, blah blah blah. OK, now let me tell you about this toilet. It’s in our hotel room here in the tiny resort town of Cadaques in Costa Brava, on the Mediterranean coast of...

Museum Frolic

Michelle and I frolicked in the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice today. We so prefer museums where they let you take photos (no flash, bien sur), and this one was perfect for it, because they had a huge exhibit by Michelangelo Pistoletto, who worked with mirrors. Mirros...

Geek Break

Brief break from our travelogue for a bit of geekery. Two new technologies that I’m psyched to try out: My peeps back at Microsoft have released some of the features that I was working on when I was there, so I’m psyched to try it out for reals! I’ve been...

Paradise Lost

We spent a tactical night in Grenoble (laundry, boiling eggs for the road, early to bed) and rose early for a quick sprint through the foothills of the Alps to the Southern coast of France, la Cote D’Azur. Our first day and night was spent slightly bewildered in a grimy,...

Missed Connections, Connections, Chartreuse and Cheese

"Gourmets, eat your heart out, Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France with a lavish table of piggy-driven dishes and delicacies to savour, and a fabulous bounty of eating spaces on which to do it." So says The Lonely Planet. We wouldn’t know. Here’s the thing: the French (or at...

C’est beaucoup du miel

Just posted a bit about honey in France to the bee blog: C’est Beaucoup Du Miel. In it, I mention we met some horses (and a braying donkey, by the way). They had a very unusual (to me) build. Anyone know what kind of horse it is?

Wicked Medieval

Every night as we go to sleep and remember the day, it amazes us that where we woke up this morning was really the same day. Each day feels like a week. Orleans ended up being a cute little town bordering on a city. It was clean and full of...

Versailles, Prunelle, Orleans

Monday night we moved in with our second couchsurf host, Prunelle (aka Celine). She was also sweet, though her French was not as good as Justine’s, so making conversation was a bit more difficult. She made us a dinner of lasagne (good) served with wine (awesome). She took care to...

La Cemeterie

Monday, Justine, Michelle and I took a nice, long walk starting off at Le Marais and on up to La Cemeterie de Pere Lachaise, the largest (only? oldest?) cemetery in Paris. The cemetery was amazingly dense, grave stuffed in with grave on top of grave replacing grave, and all of...

Le Mur Vert

We saw the coolest green wall in Paris on Sunday. Check this out: the whole side of the Musee de Quai Branly is a garden. I’ve wanted to make one of these forever, and even got as far as having Buphalo create the infrastructure (my design will integrate a sundial,...