Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bonjour!


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.

11 comments:

Dalton Wyatt Gray said...

You mean to tell me that there will come a time when I can leave Dalton with David for more than a few hours? Hope you're enjoying yourself at least a little bit!

RGW said...

Think I may have stayed in that very same hotel! Is it EGU time? I totally know what you mean about Nice, I felt very much the same, but if you have time catch the train to Monaco for the afternoon and go visit the museum, it's pretty cool.

DDd said...

Leslie - at 4 months old, I left Dahlia with Dan for two days and a night. So David better get with it! I must say that this is definitely the longest away... and I already miss her (and Dan) tons! Is it bad that I watch the videos that I posted? :-)

anne said...

What fun! I miss Nice. Enjoy yourself. (mmm, i miss that good cheese, too)

Grandma Aileen said...

Thanks for the lighthouse picture!
I'm interpreting Dahlia's videos and I'm sure she said Yum! to her yogurt and was singing on Dan's lap. Parlez Francais lentement et a bientot!

Rebecca said...

I'm so jealous! I want to be in France right now.... Enjoy your "me" time and, no it's not bad that you're watching the videos you posted of Dahlia!

Carly said...

Ugh. WHY didn't I sign up for that conference? Please enjoy it for both of us! And good luck on the job hunt.

DrTrouble said...

Hey Di,
check with your Mom. Seem to recall that she spent a summer in Corsica and several days if not weeks in Nice.

DrTrouble said...

Hey Di:
check with your Mom. I seem to recall that she spent a summer in Corsica and several days if now weeks in Nice.

Grandma Aileen said...

Yes I spent the summer of 1973 in Bastia en Corse but only a night in Marseille! That was back when I had no money, so we lived off baguettes et fromage

Dad/Lynn said...

I agree with you -- the Med can be a bit "old hat" and out of place relative to what you grew up with in Southern California. But, if you have to get away for a few days, it is not a place to hang out -- better now than in August when the whole of Northern Europe wants to be there...