Sunday, May 29, 2011

Notre Dame

A perfect late spring day with Aunt Lorraine in Paris.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

French Open

We are at Roland Garros, but our tickets only allow us to watch the courts where noone is playing!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Warsaw's "eighth sister"

At the end of WWII, the retreating Germans bombed all the buildings in Warsaw, so everything here is new (by European standards). The older-style building shown here was built by the Russians as a gift to the Polish people, and is modeled after the "seven sisters" in Moscow. It was assembled using materials from destroyed monuments across Poland at the end of the war.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Warsaw luxury

My hotel room in Warsaw is both huge and has a nespresso machine! Sometimes you get lucky.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Loire Valley birthday weekend

Rick and Melane headed south of Paris to the Loire Valley to celebrate Mel's birthday. The weekend is starting off very well!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DMV update

We just met a couple from Canada who said this is their sixth visit to this office. It is only our second visit, so maybe we'll get to do this several more times!

French DMV

At the DMV in Paris trying to convert our US licenses into French ones. So far we have gone to the window three times, and are not really sure how many times they will call us back and ask us to wait again. I like to think of this as an adventure, except that I never thought I could die of boredom during an adventure!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day tripper

Today I went to London for a meeting. The Eurostar train is fast and I can work the whole way across. It is a shame that the US is so far behind in deploying a fast rail network.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

London west end theater

I was fortunate enough to finish work in time to take in a show. I figure "Les Miserables" will be important cultural background for living in Paris.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

London St Pancras station

This where the Eurostar train lands. They are already preparing for the Olympics.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Eurostar to London

Today I am taking a day trip to London. Here is the Eurostar train which will take me from Paris to London in 2h 15m. The trip includes a 20 minute ride through the "Chunnel", a tunnel that goes under the English Channel.

Parc Monceau

Enjoying lunch on a beautiful spring day in Paris.