Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Côte d'Azur

Just returned from 4 great days in the South of France. The weather was fantastic, not too hot to walk around all day, but just warm enough that the mist from this waterfall was pretty nice.
Jess was my fearless travel partner. We spent Saturday in Nice, taking in the views from the Colline du Chateau here. We also saw the modern art museum, took a swim, and of course, enjoyed some of the best bread I've ever seen. Nice seemed to be just short of "in full swing though," as our hostel rate demonstrated the official start of high tourist season is next week.
Sunday we made it to Monaco. I've passed through twice before but this was the most time I got to spend in Monaco, and we made the most of it. We saw the famous Jardins Exotiques, an amazing collection of cactuses and other bizarre plants in the cliffs, took a tour of the royal palace, and visited the world-class aquarium. We also had time to walk largely from one side of the country to the other and take in the mega-yachts and expensive cars outside the casino.Finally, Monday and Tuesday I attended an EU-sponsored workshop on computer security in St. Jean-Cap Ferrat, a resort town between Monaco and Nice. I gave a talk about why security for social networks is hard, slides are available over on my research page. It was a nice workshop, as seen above the location was a major attraction and it had a pretty relaxed feel to it, though people generally took the event seriously.

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