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It says something about my state of mind when Saturday noon found me still in bed, while ticketed for the Air France flight at 4:55pm out of Dulles. I'm sure MoBob actually thought he might have to throw a trench coat over my pajamas and wrestle me out the door.

I tried following some of the advice in the recent lifehacker.com article on long plane rides, and managed to sleep despite a seat that refused to recline all the way. I did the usual sprint to the connecting flight to Lyon, and then arrived at the hotel at 10:30am to find that my room wouldn't be ready until 2pm. So I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and adjust to the time change as quickly as possible by staying awake and visiting the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts. Interestingly at the end of each exhibit there was a display of a Hermès scarf that was inspired by the exhibit's theme.

Then on to the Institut Lumière. Did you know that movies were invented in Lyon, by the Lumière brothers? Appropriately "lumière" means "light." I skipped over the technical exhibits, but I really enjoyed the short films and photos. I bought a book of 19th century photographs of Morocco for MB. My favorite exhibit was the 100th anniversary tribute by forty famous directors using the original camera, especially Claude Lelouch's contribution, which shows the history of cinematography while filming around...a kiss.
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On February 26th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
I just recently read about Lumiere for my film class. Wish I had an excuse to go to Lyon!
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On February 26th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm so glad I had a chance to look around - and it's my third time here.
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On February 27th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC), rmurphysf commented:
Claude Lelouch
He should be named Claude Le-Lech, as in lecherous Claude! Just kidding. Glad you made it to France safely. Have fun with MB's sister and her family.
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On February 27th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Claude Lelouch
He was enthusiastically yelling "more passion!" in the clip.
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On February 27th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
oi, you want to come to a party at my place on saturday night?
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On February 27th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I really thought about asking you if I could come visit but then I got shy! I think I will stay in Lyon this weekend though because I just forked out 108 Eur for the train ticket to see the in-laws.

I'll be back in April for two weeks....
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On February 27th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC), flemmarde replied:
oh tickle! il ne faut jamais etre timide uh?!

come anyway. don't worry about the in laws. i'll come get you even. it was my birthday on monday and we're having a party with the togolese boys and my international friends. it would be great if you could come and stay the night. it will be so nice. tell you what... change your ticket to geneva, come on saturday, i'll get you from the station and drive you back to lyon on sunday. come come come
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On February 28th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Aw, shucks. Wish I could be there but I don't think it'll be logistically possible due to various invitations from colleague and a change of lodging. Sorry to miss your birthday celebrations!

How about April?
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On February 28th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC), flemmarde replied:
sure, i'll be around in april!
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On February 28th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
OK, let's plan on that!
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