European Summer Tour 2004, parts 2 and 3 and 4
By Peter Korn on Jul 13, 2004
If it's Wednesday, then we have a lot of catching up to do...
Two weeks ago was the excellent GUADEC conference in Kristiansand Norway (as seen from the air). Wonderful long days (and nights - thanks to a latitude of 58.17 N at the height of summer), and not enough sleep.
This was followed by a quick trip to Stockholm Sweden - both to hook up with my wife Anneli and also to drop by the good folks at Sun Sweden to talk up accessibility. Stockholm is a beautiful city, and I had some time for sightseeing. There is a great statue of St. George slaying the Dragon which I enjoyed. And of course I had to visit the Vasa Museum. I took lots of photos of the Vasa, with its amazing carved prow, the many gunports - see the gunport detail - the experimental restoration work, and the amazing carved rear of the ship. We also found time to visit one of the nearby small castles.
After Stockholm, it was off to Bordeaux for the Libre Software Meeting, and some more sightseeting. The fountain in downtown Bordeaux. One side of the fountain has two men at the base representing sin. The other side has a trio of babies representing industry, a a baby riding a porpous with a couple swiming, while a woman looks on. On both sides of the fountain there are fantastical horses spewing water out of their nostrils. We of course visited the main cathedral with a stunning interior. We also checked out the Beaux Arts museum. At first glance there appeared to be a child lying on the floor, but it quickly became apparent that this was an exhibit-inside-an-exhibit. We also took a brief side-trip to St. Emilion and sampled some of their fine wines, and purchased some lovely congac.
Now I'm in Coventry, UK for visits with Sun UK, and also a bit of sightseeing here as well. I'm looking forward to heading home soon...