Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Avignon e Vaison la Romaine

We rode the train from Paris to Avignon today. Once checked into our hotel (Best Western, and substantially less than the Paris Marriott) we got back in the car and worked our way to Vaison La Romaine, where we watched a concert given by the University of Utah Singers. This general area, Provence, is very beautiful. It's wine country, and once you get out of the city the roads are lined with vineyards.

The interesting thing about southern France is that the road signs are really hard to see. That is not to say that there aren't signs, because there are. In fact, the signs will tell you just about anywhere you want to go. They won't however, tell you exactly where you presently are, which makes for interesting driving experiences. Maps are hardly helpful when you don't know where you are, and Google Maps either from the web or the Black Berry application aren't too helpful if you don't have some general clue of where you are and where you're going in the first place because of the small screen size. My thought is that the Black Berry needs to include GPS and use the info to place you on a Google map. I am sure others have thought of it, I just think it would be very nice.

In other news, though the Best Western here in Avignon doesn't have down comforters and pillows it does have free (as in BEER) wifi. Could someone please tell me how it is that Best Western gets it and Marriott doesn't? Seriously, down pillows but not free internet. Crappy cotton pillows free internet. And don't tell me that they are using the internet money to buy down pillows and comforters, I simply won't buy that.

I made the mistake this evening of checking my work email. I'm going to have to think for the next couple of days about how I really shouldn't have done that, as now my mind is processing the work issues a bit again. But maybe it's better to be somewhat informed than not.

Anyhow- things are good here. I am happy, relaxing, learning a lot and really enjoying the time I have to see this place. Nothing is on the agenda for tomorrow morning, so I think I'll take the opportunity to sleep in. Hopefully I'll also get around to working on posting a couple of pictures.

Until Then - Aurevior.

1 comment:

Rich said...

pssst Blackberry 8800 has GPS and with Google Map it does put you on the map to make directions easy as well as correct you if you get off track :P

Sounds like you are having a great trip.