May 23rd, 2008

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Photos from a rainy day in Caen

It's been a while since I've processed a batch of photos from last spring's France trip! The trip is now exactly a year ago; one year ago today, we spent the day at the Louvre and the Tuileries, etc., around Paris.

A week later, in Normandy, we spent a fantastic day in Caen, the ancient capital of Lower Normandy and site of a spectacular castle whose walls now enclose a fine art museum and a museum of Norman history. I really loved the sculpture in the courtyard of the art museum, and while killing a little time, I walked the moat around the castle walls during a rainless stretch. This was one of the few days I had to wear shoes instead of sandals. We had lunch in the surprisingly good museum cafe.

We also spent a little time in the cathedral across the street, shown at right; they were in the middle of doing an outstanding job restoring the surface of the stone, which had become nearly black from industrial grime accumulating over the last couple of centuries. Also in this batch, l'Abbaye des Dames.

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Another small batch, Calvados and Auberge de la Truite

The next batch is only thirty photos, so I got this one done this afternoon, too. On the way back from Caen, we found the Christian Drouin distillery, where they make Calvados, Pommeau, and cider, all beverages derived from apples. It's in the Calvados department of Normandy.

Leaving there, we stopped for dinner at a crossroads with two restaurants; the TomTom had identified one, but they weren't open yet and seemed huffy about it. The place on the opposite corner was happy to serve us even though it was on the early side, and l'Auberge de la Truite (Trout Inn) turned out to be one of the best meals of the whole trip.

What a pain...

I was in the same room as the Cornell senior whose brother was stranded in Binghamton by last night's midnight strike deadline, on the way here from NYC for his sister's graduation, as mentioned in this article. (Also in 14850today.)

It was a little after 11, and the strike hadn't yet begun or even been voted on, but I guess with a midnight deadline, the bus driver couldn't set out from Binghamton for the hour-plus drive to Ithaca. If they'd been on the road at midnight would he have had to pull over and just stop?

Andrea didn't say, but I doubt her brother was warned when he got on the bus in New York that they might not take him the whole way to his destination, and instead might strand him late at night in an unfamiliar city, and make his sister come get him.

Tweets for Today

  • 00:52 Should go to sleep, but can't stop watching "Grey's Anatomy." #
  • 12:24 Listening to Cornell band (or is it orchestra?) and chorus practicing for Sunday's graduation. They're distractingly playing just segments. #
  • 12:28 Are you supposed to stand up in your office if you can hear the national anthem or alma mater being played nearby? #
  • 14:22 Brilliant metatube, thanks to @jennjenn. #
  • 15:14 Fresh batch of photos from Caen last spring added to Flickr. #
  • 16:15 Went to satisfy France-photo-induced espresso craving. Inadvertently also consumed chocolate mousse cake. Tragic, I tell you. #
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