Bristol to Brisbane

Seems a bit weird making a post now that I’m back in Brissie, but I figured I needed to finish the blog off at least. No photo’s just yet though, as haven’t had a chance to download from the camera card as yet.

Tuesday was spent working with Elspeth some more… refining how things would work, getting some infrastructure things setup and a bit more catch up training. For lunch we went up to Clifton up above Bristol, where the Brunel’s famous suspension bridge crosses over. The scenery was amazing, and the Ploughman’s Lunch wasn’t bad either !!!
Wednesday was the start of the journey back to Brissie… nothing too exciting, just a train ride back to Londong (Paddington), then the Express Tube out to Heathrow and then two long flights back to Brisbane via Singapore. Arrived back late Thursday night… about 28 hours in transit all up.
One day to get over the jet lag before hading off for a weekend of Drag Racing with Jezebel… basically back to life as usual for me !!!
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Working in Bristol

Monday morning I did the train thing to get myself up/out from London to Bristol to meet up with Elspeth. The train ride was OK – basically the same as catching an interstate train in Australia, and nothing at all spectacular like the TGV. Some interesting countryside going past though – Bath looks like a nice sort of place to spend some time…. maybe on a future trip.
 
Elspeth and her husband Jeremy are doing well and have a very nice and modern flat overlooking a park/square basically smack in the middle of Bristol. Their little 1 year old Sophia is pretty damn cute – blonde haired, blue eyed and very entertaining.
 
Once there soon got to work, planning how Elspeth was going to manage building and distributing demo’s, some basic catch-up training for what’s changed while she’s been away and so-on. Nothing really all that interesting to blog about, but then the work aspects are the real reason for me being here in the first place !!!

Leaving London

Sunday I spent most of the day riding around London on an open top bus, jumping on and off quite often to see different things. Surprisingly at one of my hop-offs I managed to score an old camera tripod that was being thrown out – the perfect tool for a second crack at some night time shots and address some of the critics !!!
One interesting thing that I’d never dreamt of seeing was a highspeed Police chase down a busy London street…. a fully laden London Bus being chased down and ordered to pull over by a horse mounted Police officer, who subsequently then gave the driver a massive telling off followed by a ticket !!!
 
The highlight of the day would be the British Museum… I could spend a week in there looking over everything and still barely scratch the surface… just amazing to see so many great artefacts in the one place.
 
Am now about to check out of the hotel and take the train to Bristol to spend a few days working with a colleague of mine Elspeth, so Bye Bye London !!!

London !!!

The food and wine in France was great, but I missed having a nice cold beer for lunch…. so first stop after checking into the hotel was down to my "local", the Stanhope Arms for a spot of lunch and a beer. And wouldn’t you know it – they have Hoegaaden on tap – brilliant !!!
 
It feels a bit odd actually being back in an English speaking country… seem to find myself thinking what I would say in French… didn’t realize how much I was enjoying the challenge actually.
 
Tomorrow planning on doing an open-top bus tour, so this arvo was just a wander around and see what I could see….
 

Last night in Paris

Well – after a fair bit of sight seeing last night, and over 14 hours doing the same again today, it’s time to crash out on my last night in Paris…. I’m totally wrecked.
 
Quick run down – walked down through the Musee de Louvre (didn’t go in though since short on time) and was there to get the sun clearing the main building and hitting the pyramid, then the Le Jardins de Tuilieres out to Place de Concorde, down the Ave de Champs Elysees, slight side detour past the Grande Palais and Let Petit Palais and then onto the Arc de Triomphe. Took the Metro over to Le Tour Eiffel…. went up it of course, and luckily the top floor (Sommet) was open even though the ticket booths on the ground said it wasn’t…. then took an open top bus tour around everything. Jumped out and spent half an hour or so at Le Cathedral de Notre Dame, then back on the bus to finish up back at Trocadore just over from Le Tour. Well and truly dark by this time, so decided to take the Metro back to Arc de Triomphe to get some night photos of it, then headed back to the hotel.
 
Highlights are definitely Le Tour Eiffel… amazing combination of architecture, technology and just sheer artistry…. and of course the pyramid at the Louvre, which I find I love the contrast of more and more.
 
Not surprisingly I took lots, and Lots, and LOTS of pictures throughout the day…. just shy of 450 I think. Had a great day, but honestly I think I’d need a month to do Paris properly… I haven’t even been inside a single Musee yet !!!
 
I’m sure I’ll sleep like a log, but unfortunately have an early start to the day for catching flights etc. Oh well – c’est la vie !!!

Woohoo – Paris !!!

Real quick post that I’ve just gotten to the hotel in Paris, which is right near Le Pont Neuf and the Louvre.
 
Interesting hotel… elevator only just big enough for me to stand in with my pack on…. so "tres petit" probably doesn’t do it justice.
 
Pretty tired after a long day at work, so although I should probably be jumping into bed I’m instead going to head out sight seeing for a bit… can’t waste a night in Paris !!!

Mercredi – la nuit dernière à Lyon

Back in the Lyon office on Wednesday, and after a bit of a debrief – yes, it was confirmed that things went well on Tuesday and that I would be finished up in Lyon by the end of Thursday.

So Julia went about arranging things to get me back up to Paris on Thursday evening, which meant that Wednesday night was my last in Lyon. Weather was perfect during the day, and nice and still and clear at night…. and although not the right time of year for the "Fete des Lumieres", I decided to test Lyon’s reputation with my camera regardless.
Not bad results I think, considering I didn’t have any of my night photography gear with me !!!