For those of you looking to see what Dahlia is up to, you'll have to wait a week. Right now you only get an update on Diane's world travels - Dahlia and Dan didn't come on this trip. :-( After about 14 hours traveling, including a stop over in Frankfurt, Germany, I arrived yesterday to a rain soaked Nice, France. Luckily the rain was on and off, so I got a little bit of exploring and a call home in before it started raining again - then I got to settle down for a nice long nap.
Today the sun came out and it reached a balmy 12 degrees C - really that is balmy compared to the -2 degrees C in D.C. So I set out into the old town to get a small breakfast. There is a street market every day that Dan would LOVE to have near him. For those who know, picture Hay Market, but with the best top quality products at around the same price. Besides the produce, there were spices, tapenades, barrels of olives, fresh bread, cheese, honey... lots of yummy yummy things. I grabbed a baguette, some cheese and an orange for 2 euros and headed back to my hotel room.
After my trip to the market, I stayed in my hotel room for most of the day - working on papers and job applications. After all I am here for work. But don't feel too bad for me. The view from the verandah (or bed) makes it much easier to work peacefully. I can't see the town (which is fine by me) but I can see the beautiful turquoise and sapphire of the Med. (I can actually see more than shown in the picture... but this was a more interesting picture.)
I did promise Dan I would take part of the day off, so I walked down to the port and found a lighthouse for my Dad.
I must say I don't know what all the fuss is about. Nice is quite nice but it wouldn't be my top vacation spot. The beach is well... rocky, dark grey and small. Not my ideal seaside spot. But the people, the market, and the peaceful Med make it a really nice place. If there weren't so may tourists (and French... he hee), I wouldn't mind living here. We'll see what the rest of the week brings - besides lots of work. :-) The opening plenary talks and reception is this evening... gotta go get ready. Au voir.