My first full day in Nice wasn’t actually spent in Nice. Truth be told, I actually didn’t spend a ton of time there, instead opting to use it as a base for day trips around the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera for those of you who are uncultured).
I took a 20 minute bus ride to Eze, a
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For the most part, the ride to Nice was uneventful. We finally got out of the clouds and fog about 2.5 hours into the journey, and it was then sunny for the rest of the way. I activated my Eurail pass for the ride, giving me unlimited train travel for the next 15 days of my trip. I had opted for first class, thinking there would be more room to stretch out, but the first class section on the TGV
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On my final day in Paris, I headed to Montmartre, home of many famous artists such as Dali, Monet, and Picasso, as well as Sacré-Cœur Basilica. I’m not sure if it was because it was off-season or if I just wandered through the wrong areas, but I was pretty unimpressed with the neighborhood. Sure, some of the old, winding streets were cool, but otherwise it was pretty dead. I get the feeling that the area’s days of being a prime
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Progress! Although I didn’t get out and about until around 11, I at least set an alarm for 9.
My first stop was the Pantheon, home of the decaying corpses of such French greats as Voltaire, Hugo, Rousseau, Dumas, Braille and the Curies.
The sign in Braille under Braille’s name was a nice touch, though how you’d manage
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Despite not getting up until around noon, my first full day in Paris ended up being my most ambitious of the trip so far. I ended up walking some 13 miles around the city, starting from Place Monge.
I started by heading to the Jardin des Plantes, which was half a block away. Since it was early January, there wasn’t much growing, but they did have a dinosaur statue.
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It was supposed to be easy. I left myself plenty of time to walk to Limehouse station, get on the DLR, switch to the Northern Line at Bank, and take it to St. Pancras International to meet my train to Paris.
In practice, it was much less so. I walked to the station and scanned my Oyster card, just to get to the platform in time to see a train for Bank depart. “No big deal,” I figured, there’s another
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When you think of Maine, you think of lobsters and boats. Capt. Brenda Thomas of the Isaac H. Evans, a Maine-based ship, wants you to think of bacon as well.
From September 23rd through September 27th, the schooner will sail the coast of Maine, while passengers gorge themselves on bacony goodness.
According to the Isaac H. Evans website:
“The Captain loves bacon and even though it’s on
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In-flight meals never seem quite as fresh as they should, but Qantas’ new offering should solve that problem.
On a recent flight from LAX to Melbourne, passenger Victoria Cleven opened up a package of trail mix only to find that rather than just the nuts she expected, it was also filled with live maggots.
She didn’t notice this until she had already eaten some of the contents and something had tasted a bit off. Cleven told the Melbourne Herald Sun:
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This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend The Creators Project, a conglomeration of art, music, design and technology presentations sponsored by Intel and Vice. Similar to sort of a mini, two-day SXSW, The Creators Project has been in existence for 3 years, but 2012 saw its first visit to San Francisco.
Tickets were available for free through a lottery announced just a couple of weeks ago. My friend Alex and I were lucky enough to snag some, so we
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