Friday, June 10, 2011

Hello From France

I thought I'd share a few pictures I took yesterday and today in our visit to France. We are staying with friends for a few days in Annecy, near Mont Blanc and Geneva, and will be taking a train to Paris in a few days to get down to business.

Here is a view from our friends' back yard on a hilltop outside Annecy. Besides being a leading swarm intelligence researcher, he keeps bees and grows cherries, potatoes, tomatoes, and many kinds of flowers and vegetables:

Yesterday we went to the town of Annecy to shop and hang out. They're having an animation film festival and the town is a little crowded with stylish young people, but mainly they are at the theaters. It is very pleasant to sit in the sun and have a coffee and watch the people walking by.

Today we drove up to the mountains. People were hang-gliding and the view was amazing. These are your stereotypical Swiss cows, though we are a few miles from Switzerland. Each one wears a bell. Well, you can hear this little herd of cattle a mile away! They are just grazing, but every time they move their bells ring, and it raises a real clatter, like a field of wind chimes.

Finally, the view. This is across the street from the cows, looking down at Lac d'Annecy. We drove all the way around the lake today, and had lunch at the spot where this picture was taken. There is a castle on the little peninsula you see sticking out into the lake. The water is incredibly blue, people are out in boats and walking along the beach.

So far we are having a beautiful time, eating delicious and healthy food, seeing beautiful landscapes and beautiful people. In a few days I will have to give my talks and I need to prepare for them, so it won't all be fun, but so far I am totally enjoying my vacation.


Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Ooo, c'est jolie!

Bon voyage!

June 10, 2011 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the town is a little crowded with stylish young people,"

you must feel out of place

"It is very pleasant to sit in the sun and have a coffee and watch the people walking by"

isn't that stalking?

"So far we are having a beautiful time, eating healthy food"

hopefully, you're not planning to do that in Paris, you fool

it's nice that you're putting the best face on the situation that you can

Paris should be fun though

more bad news for the Bama:

"WASHINGTON -- A batch of new national polls released this week share a similar theme: All show a fade of the modest "bounce" in President Barack Obama's approval ratings that occurred just after the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden in early May.

Over the last week, seven new national surveys -- from Fox News, CBS News, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, Reuters/Ipsos, Quinnipiac University, ABC News/Washington Post and DailyKos/PPP -- have all shown remarkably similar patterns in Obama's job approval rating. The slight increases evident in surveys conducted in mid-May were gone by June."

2012: the end of an error

June 10, 2011 5:47 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...


Looks lovely. Enjoy!


June 10, 2011 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

How wonderful. Enjoy your vacation!


June 10, 2011 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has been under fire after admitting to sending graphic photos to women online, has acknowledged he had online contact with a 17-year-old girl. reported that New Castle County police officers went to a high school junior's home Friday afternoon to speak with the girl's mother about the teen's contact with the New York Democrat. A reporter was at the home when police arrived.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told, "I'm doing OK."
The police left the home after about 30 minutes, followed by the daughter and mother, who left in a separate car. It was not clear if the mother and daughter were going to continue the conversation with police at another location.

Weiner, a seven-term Democrat, has admitted sending sexually explicit messages over the Internet to a half-dozen women over the past three years."

June 10, 2011 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, where's that judgmental TTFer?

do you want to judge whether Weiner's behavior is puerile yet?

June 10, 2011 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q: If sending pictures of your erect male parts to woman is puerile, what is paying a prostitute to bring pleasure to your male parts?

A: Illegal

Latest info on the 17 year old FOX news is trying to spin into tar to smear Weiner with:

"A Fox News reporter on the scene when officers arrived reported the teenager said she was "ok."

There is no apparent evidence their communications were inappropriate.

The girl, whose identity has been confirmed by ABC News but is being withheld due to her age, has commented publicly on Twitter that she had been in direct contact with the congressman.

Through a spokesperson, Weiner admitted he exchanged messages with the girl but added "his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent."

The contact between Weiner and the teen started in April after her class took a trip to Washington D.C. and saw him speak.

She posted a public message to him on Twitter saying she enjoyed the speech.

Two days later, Weiner began following her on twitter according to the New York Times .

Her profile said she wanted to be president, so he wrote to her: "How hip am I talking to a future president.""

And this:

"Wilmington, Del. -- Police in Delaware said Friday they interviewed a 17-year-old girl about online contact she'd had with embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner but that she didn't disclose any information about illegal activity.

Weiner, the 46-year-old congressman who has been under fire after admitting that he sent graphic photos to women online, acknowledged Friday that he had online contact with the girl but said the communications were "neither explicit nor indecent."

The New York Democrat issued his statement after reported Friday that officers had interviewed the high school junior at her family's home north of Wilmington.

"The teen has been interviewed and disclosed no information regarding any criminal activity," said police Officer Tracey Duffy."

Have the police yet interviewed and determined the ages of the hookers Vitter bought services from?

June 11, 2011 11:35 AM  

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