In February 2012, Trish and I traveled
Stockholm on Icelandair. We were immediately impressed with the
excellent service. Trish was also a bit miffed that we had a layover in Iceland without an opportunity to get out
and see the sites. You see, Iceland is a Photographer's Paradise, and she's the
best photographer I know.
This year, when planning our trip to Devoxx
France, I set out to correct this missed opportunity. Since Icelandair now flies direct from Denver, and offers
free stopovers, our planning was easy.
The conference was in Paris; one of the most magnificent cities to photograph. Trish has some great photos from 2011.
She'll be showing many of these photos at an upcoming exhibit at Paris
on the Platte in Denver. However, she wanted more.
We arrived in Paris for Devoxx France on Tuesday, March
26th. The first day's excursion started with visiting the Latin Quarter, the
Panthéon and Notre Dame.
We had a nice dinner that evening while watching the Fútbol match between France and Spain.
On Wednesday, we hung around the hotel in the morning, then took the metro to
La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre and Moulin Rouge.
From there, we journeyed to the Eiffel
Tower for a hike. We climbed the stairs to the second floor and enjoyed the spectacular view.
Wednesday evening, we attended the Devoxx Speakers Dinner. We had a great time chatting and drinking wine with Martin Odersky, Guillaume Bort, the many Nicolas', James Ward and Josh Long.
On Thursday, I delivered my talk on Comparing JVM Web Frameworks in the early afternoon and did
Play vs. Grails Smackdown with James Ward in the evening. I published an
article about these talks
the next day.
While I was talking about frameworks, Trish was galavanting around Paris taking some amazing photos.
Thursday night, we had a wonderfully authentic French dinner with many of the folks from the conference. Around
midnight, Trish captured the beauty of Les Invalides.
On Friday, we slept in a bit and then headed to the airport for our flight to Iceland. A few hours later, we were
snuggled into the cozy bar at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum. A few hours after
and we were bouncing up and down on a Super Jeep tour to see the Northern Lights.
driver kept telling us "if you believe, it will happen". And boy oh boy, did it ever. The green and purple lights
dancing in the sky overhead were mind-blowing!
Saturday came quickly after a late night, and we opted for a scenic tour of the area by helicopter.
Saturday evening, we journeyed
through the ages with a tour and tasting at the Icelandic
brewery Ölgerðin. The Grillmarkadurinn
afterward was delicious.
Easter Sunday was our last day in Iceland and we enjoyed most of it at the Blue
Lagoon. Despite the plethora of tourists, the hot springs, saunas and cold beer were a lovely way to prepare for
the long road home.
Visiting Iceland and photographing the Aurora Borealis
was an awesome experience. Speaking at Devoxx France, photographing Paris and having lots of good times with new
(and old) friends was equally delightful. For more pictures of our travels, see my Paris and Iceland
Album or Trish's Devoxx France,
Iceland or Northern Lights albums.