Europe: Milan and Nancy

June 2008

During 2008 one of the open source projects I work on was hosting a user get together in Europe and so I got a chance to fly over the pond and visit some beautiful towns. The conference itself was in Milan. Milan had some truly wonderful pizza, and a friend was hosting us and showed us around. The city is filled with beautiful churches including the beautiful Duomo with all its statues and marble facade, but also wonderful older churches and chapels as well. We got to visit a nice art museum with lots of great Renaissance paintings and also saw an enjoyable play by a theater company that had moved to the city. Milan really is a wonderful fashion city, and it seemed everyone was all dressed up compared to my collection of mostly swag t-shirts. It really is a wonderful city with lots to do and lots of history, and I hope to be able to get back again.

After Milan we went to France to visit another friend of ours near Nancy, in Lorraine. We took the autoroute from Paris to Nancy and drove through some gorgeous areas. I'd never been in the French countryside before. The rolling hills and fields are very peaceful. It's scary to think of the history of the areas through which we were driving and what took place there during World War I...if it weren't for the signs on the side of the road I wouldn't ever have guessed. Nancy itself is a beautiful town with all kinds of great buildings to look at. The Place Stanislaus was magnificent with all of its fountains and stunning iron gates leafed in gold. It's amazing to stand in the center of it and just look around, seeing such pretty work on all sides. Afterwards we went to visit our friend in the countryside and got to see beautiful, small villages. We also were treated to a very special dinner that I shall always remember and for which I will always be thankful.

The Photographs

The shots in Milan were on a roll of Kodachrome PKR 200 and the shots in Nancy were on a roll of Velvia 50.

The camera and lenses used were my old Minolta manual system was in use. Click on "Next" in the upper right to begin.