Festival of St Juan, Corsica

We arrived in Bastia today to a warm welcome from Liz and Jo aboard Nimrod. We’re set for spending a day here to sit out strong winds.

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After dinner on board we walked into the old town to discover there were fireworks for StJuan. Watched the fireworks from the harbour wall followed by cocktails.

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Michael and Jo having cocktails in the old harbour. Sadly I didn’t get s picture of the three pompiers wandering up and down in their Jean-Paul Gautier uniforms.

One night in Paris

We’re staying at a hotel Michael used before when he cycled to Paris, Me Magellan close to the Arc de Triumph. We had a late lunch at 3 around the corner at Café Ba-Yen. The salads turned out to be 70% meat and cheese, with the salad hiding underneath. It was an impressive feat. I wasn’t so keen on the duck gizzard, which was a bit like heart.

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We got to the Musée d’Orsay about 5 and there was still a sizeable queue. So we walked along the Seine along a two mile section recently reopened to pedestrians. It was good fun and lively, we almost missed some French beer. We headed north of the river and headed back to the Arc de Triumph to check out buses to Orly airport and had our beer at l’Arc close by: my Panache turned out to be a shandy 🙁

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We went to l’Hortensia for dinner, on the Place de Marechal Juin. We had some good chilled red wine and good starters. My complaint about my main ended up in an unexpected argument with the manager: we settled on 50% off my main.

Had a relaxing Armagnac back at the hotel. 🙂

CERN

A few photos from an evening reception at CERN. We had a BYO drinks reception in the Globe, after a buffet dinner.

Tours of the LHC control room (serves 8 people controlling four separate accelerators, one of which was built in 1956. Also a look into the AMS control room, NASA mission control for one of the experiments on the International Space Station.

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