Last Day in Europe

Trip Start Feb 07, 2009
Trip End Feb 14, 2009

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Friday, February 13, 2009

After Bill's last presentation at the conference it was time to explore Nice. We had run out of steam and decided to save the idea of going to the Provence region for another adventure. The day was clear, blue skies and 50F ... knowing we wouldn't be seeing that kind of weather at home on a regular basis for a while, the seaside town was the call for the day.

Ambitious on foot, we covered a lot of ground. We stopped for a bit of lunch and took our prefunctory "Daily Facts" photo after salads and skillet tossed ravioli maison (the mushrooms are fabulous in the region) with a nice Provence wine. The Mardi Gras festivities were gearing up to crown the king that evening at the Place Massena. The waterfront was a real treat, nice smooth breezes. We made our way down the boardwalk and cut in a mile or so to the Russian Orthodox church, which was established by Czar Nicholas II in the early 20th century and where many Russian expatriates worshipped after the Soviet revolution. We walked back through the gardens and into Place Messena through wonderful neighborhoods (condo prices have dropped, entry-level properties are down to E150k now ...)

With a 430AM wake-up call (1130PM ET on Thursday night) we decided to keep it low-key in the night. We were very happy to enjoy our return to Nice and hope to be back again next year.
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