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September 12, 2008

Two Weeks in Provence

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Note: This weblog covers a trip to Provence and Paris in September of 2007 and is recorded with the first entry at the top.

The Way Out

Don't touch my beer!

Don't touch my beer!

The trip started ominously with an hour-long departure delay to fix an electrical problem on the plane in San Francisco. Things changed quickly, as the uneventful flight left us with more than enough time to sample fresh German beer (vom fass, of course) in the Frankfurt airport using the euros left over from our Germany trip. The beer was still good. Furthermore, there was more good, free beer on the flight down from Frankfurt to Nice.

We arrived in Nice and picked up our luggage and rental car. Our hotel, the Park Inn, is a short 500 m from the terminal. We set the odometer to zero when we picked up the car and it somehow took us 11.6 km before we managed to reach the parking lot of the motel. Perhaps if we had set the GPS for such a short trip would not have been such a waste of time. Of course, it would help if the GPS weren’t in German. Hopefully we will figure that out. Ironically, the biggest part of the problem was finding the parking lot at “Park Inn”. The garage entrance was seemingly inspired by the opening sequence of “Get Smart” with multiple intercoms, gates, and doors to go through not to mention being less than obvious from the street. We made it, eventually, in time for pomme frites, Salade Nicoise (we are in Nice, after all!), and a more than adequate vin rose before the restaurant closed.

Tomorrow we are on to Villefranche-sur-mer. Hopefully, egress from the parking will go better than the entry.

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