France in May

I spent the month of May working in Lyon, France and toward the end of my stay, I spent an afternoon and evening in Lille. Lyon is beautiful, and I enjoyed my time there in January and May.

I was impressed with Lille and the Lillois’ hospitality, friendliness, and their joie de vivre. Lille also has impressive architecture, interesting history, and an abundance of cultural sites.

They say, “When you go to the North you cry twice, once when you arrive and once when you leave.” I look forward to returning to Lille soon.

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                                                                      Lille

 Night out with the Lillois…super friendly people!

One of my favorite French songs!

Il y a du soleil à Lille

Lyrics translated into English (Google Translate)

One says
We say that the North is always gray
That there is only fog and rain
It is also said that there are heaps, wind and wet pavements
It’s said that people in the North have in their hearts the sun they do not have elsewhere
But believe me it’s a mistake

There is sun in Lille
Do not believe what is said
There are as many girls as in Monte-Carlo or Capri
There is sun in Lille
Do not believe what is said
There are as many idylls as in Saint-Tropez or in Paris

And when comes the month of April
In the streets of the old neighborhoods
Subtle spring tunes
Seem to resurface from the past

The little quinquin no longer cried
Since her mother sang
If he was wise and sleepy
He would chuck ‘galore
(Sleep my little Quinquin, sleep, ouè)
It’s raining all over France
Marseille and Paris are under water
It’s sunny in Lille
As in Nice or Mexico City
There is sun in Lille, you must not believe what is said
We meet as many girls as in Hollywood or Monte Carlo

There is sun in Lille, but yeah
But do not believe what you are told
Know it’s not hard to find good weather in our country

The little quinquin no longer cried
Since her mother sang
If he was wise and sleepy
She gave him a nice sabiot

There is a volcano in Sicily and a cyclone in Tahiti
There is as much sun in Lille as in Dakar or Brindisi

There is sun in Lille
You can believe what you are told
There is sun in Lille
As in the heart of all the ch’timis

There is sun in Lille
You can believe what you are told
There is sun in Lille
As in the heart of all the ch’timis

Scottsdale, Arizona in April

I spent a little time in  Scottsdale, Arizona on a business trip in April. Here are some photos from that trip.

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Aquarium in Scottsdale
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Dinner in Phoenix
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With Alia the dolphin in Scottsdale. I always rather see dolphins out of captivity. These dolphins are raised in captivity but are given great care. It was a special experience, despite my desire to see them free and in the wild.
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Dolphinaris in Scottsdale
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Top Golf in Scottsdale
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Hiking in the desert
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Arrived a little early before my business meeting and enjoyed a little of Scottsdale’s nightlife at the May Day and Night Club, which features a lighted pool.