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John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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English Aug 9, 2007

What: Roadshow powwow, vintage convertibles
Where: mountains around Nice
When: all day Sunday, November 4
Why: take a break from translating and admire the scenery, enjoy a nice meal in good company, discover the French Riviera!
Who: you, me, colleagues and our friends and family.

Any special requests for the itinerary?


 

Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
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Driving Aug 10, 2007

Hi John,

I'd love to participate but I am from India and don't have a French Driving licence. Is it still ok?

I guess it is a good opportunity to see this region.

Thanks a lot for organizing it.

Ritu


 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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drivers license... Aug 10, 2007

Hi Ritu, that's a good question... you'll have to check to see if your Indian drivers license is valid in France. Otherwise, there are two people for each car so you don't have to drive, you can ride shotgun.

 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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Getting to Nice Aug 10, 2007

Hi Ritu,
Since you're going to be at the conference, it would be a good idea to bring this up now...
I'm going to be driving back to Nice from Aix on Saturday night after the conference. I have room for three people to head back to Nice with me. You won't have enough time to leave Aix on Sunday morning (2-hour drive, 3 to 4 by train). So you should plan on staying in Nice on Saturday night. I have a special room rate negotiated at a 3-star and 4-star hotel in the city center, right next to the soon to be completed tram, and may negotiate another rate with a 2 star.
So let me know if you want to come back with me to Nice or if anyone else is planning to make the drive on Saturday night from Aix, if they have room to spare in their vehicle. Save the planet--carpool!


 

Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
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Thanks John Aug 10, 2007

Hi John,
Thanks for the offer. I hope it wouldn't be too much of a problem if I accompany you till Nice.

Regarding the Drivers' licence, I know that it's not valid in France. I've already stayed in France for some time... and last time it was not valid.

Also, you drive on the "wrong" side.icon_wink.gif

I hope you don't mind. Sorry to be such a bother.

Thanks again,

Ritu


 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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no problem Ritu Aug 12, 2007

Looking forward to the company!

 

Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
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To John Aug 13, 2007

Thanks John.

 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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Any thoughts about an itinerary? Aug 14, 2007

Great, so far it looks like there will be at least five of us. Now, is there anything in particular you'd like to see? We could do the circuit we've done before which is rather breathtaking (between Nice and Menton, sea and mountains) or head across the Var, up into the mountains, stop by a local candy-making factory in Pont du Loup, art galleries in St Paul de Vence, la fondation Maeght, Gordon (http://envibus.fr/ballade.asp?id=2), ceramics museum in Valbonne, glass factory/museum in Biot (http://www.verreriebiot.com)...

What do you think?


 

MoiraB  Identity Verified
France
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Itinerary Aug 29, 2007

No special requests. I don't know the area very well, having only passed through on the motorway a few times! No idea of the distances or driving time involved in doing everything you suggest, so we'll leave it to you to conjure up a heady mixture of breathtaking scenery and the odd visit or two to some unspoilt places! Gordon does sound appealing as one of the "plus beaux villages de France".

 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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leaning towards the West... Aug 31, 2007

thanks for your input Moira, I'll get to work on the itinerary...

 

Marie Scarano  Identity Verified
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Hi again. Oct 24, 2007

Ok. I guess we're in. Please send details on meeting place and payments. This way we can make a weekend of it!

 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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Member (2006)
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Headcount Oct 24, 2007

Please let me know how many you will be. I'm pretty sure Marie and Moira are both bringing someone else. That makes 8 with me, Anna, Claire, and Colin. Am I forgetting anyone? It'd be a tight squeeze in the trunk/boot...

 

MoiraB  Identity Verified
France
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Plus one Oct 25, 2007

Yes, I confirm I'll have a "plus one". Not long now!

 

Marie Scarano  Identity Verified
Italy
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You're right. Oct 25, 2007

There will be me and a friend/colleague along to enjoy the ride. Any chance of getting dibs on the Mercedes 280 sl, the- MG B 1500, or the
- Alfa Romeo Spider 2000??? Thanks again. Let's hope we get all the rain over with this week!


 

John Di Rico  Identity Verified
France
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Merco automatico Oct 25, 2007

The mercedes is an automatic but handles really nicely. It's one of my favorites! I'll let Francis know about the cars...

 
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