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Crossing borders: from France to Italy

There are so many ways to describe the transition between these two beauties.

Here is one: it is like crossing from California to Mexico (from Nice/La Jolla to Genova/Tijuana).

Or, we can compare them to visiting two different families:

- In the first house, the two children are well-behaved and everything is clean and ordered. The parents seem stressed but they are very correct and polite, if somewhat distant and composed.

- The other house is messy and there are lots of children and it is not clear which ones are part of the family and which are guests. They have fantastic hair and are impeccably dressed; they are constantly talking excitedly. The parents are incredibly affectionate and welcoming. There are delicious smells from the kitchen but malodorous ones from the bad plumbing in the bathroom.

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Star guest list at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferratl

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Isadora Duncan
Winston Churchill
Paul Allen
King Leopold II of Belgium
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Baroness de Rothschild
Charlie Chaplin
David Niven
Somerset Maugham
Jean Cocteau

The gorgeous tiny peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has hosted, for about a century, the international who's who. It is also a remarkably democratic place: you can walk right by some of the world's most expensive villas and swim at its beaches. The pine forest extends all the way down to the rocky shore and the crystal-clear blue waters. All that for a 3-euro, 20-minute round-trip bus-ride from downtown Nice.

(Unless you just can't stand sunbathing next to twin Yorkshires with pink ribbons on their heads).

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Friday stroll in Nice

This is my first Google "story". Click the photo below and you will follow me as I walk through the jasmine-scented city, this beautiful springtime Friday.

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I am going to Italy!

This was the deal I made with myself: I would arrive at the hospital for my checkup with suitcases packed for Italy.

- If the news were bad, I would probably start chemo or some other tortuous treatment.
- If the news were good, I would take off for Italy.

My results were good: no cancer in evidence! This means I am free from thinking about it for another 4 months. I cannot describe the feeling. "Elated"? That's the best I can do.
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Outdoor dining al fresco

With spring well-established by now in the northern hemisphere, restaurants and cafes, from San Francisco to Barcelona are busy dragging their tables outside.  Nomad is fond of dining al fresco, despite the fact that his table top soon turns white from the multitude of Kleenex he needs to service his extensive nose from the storm of pollen and the accompanying assault of hay fever.

His eyes itching and watering, he can still enjoy a quiet lunch of cabillaud with kasha at a small restaurant against the soaring walls of the Cathedral of Saint Anne, in the center of Montpellier.

Not to be missed, on your next trip to southern France.

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Soup is always good!  You can put lots of different things to make it special. (Smile)
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Ireland delivers a message for tolerance

I just noticed the stunning victory for gay marriage in Ireland. If I am right, this referendum is particularly important precisely because Ireland has such a strong catholic tradition.

It sends the signal, strongly and unambiguously, that religious and sexual tolerance are not incompatible. I imagine that, thanks to the Irish people, religious authorities have been delivered the most definitive message yet, that change is in order.

And that is wonderful news for so many parts of the world that extend far and wide from the shores of this emerald island. With a Guinness or some cider, Ireland is what we are toasting this weekend.

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Part 9: "Can I stand falling in love again? "...

...I wrote in my diary lying on the rocks, by the harbor, the day after we met. What I really meant was: "Can I stand falling OUT of love one more time?"

For there is no worse thing than the end of the affair. It had happened to me enough times by then, though I was still young (perhaps BECAUSE I was still so young) and I did not want the torture repeated.

Yet, something had already been set in motion. We had met, I had tried on her sandal, even our feet spoke of mysterious affinities and similarities: isn't falling in love finding your other half?

Why the pessimism? Why should I think of ends when we were still at beginnings? Why think of the snake before taking the bite out of the apple?

>>> Part 1 is here: https://plus.google.com/+NomadDimitri/posts/GfzfiGgALN1 )
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The agony of de-feet.....But the thrill of victory.  :) 
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The beauty of flowing water

Far away from the crushing waves of the oceanfront, a small river flows gently through a well-manicured garden.

Once again, we stop, transfixed. Once again, the water plays with the landscape: the two shape each other. When the landscape changes levels, the water falls, singing, frothing, bubbling.

We stop to listen to this quiet, steady music. We feel calmer. Even dreamy. We roll up our pants, sit on the grass, let our tired feet get sprinkled by the gentle stream. Peace. Simply.

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My favorite Italian beach town in France

Nice has it all: the beach, the azure water, the weather, the cuisine, the architecture, the culture, the stars. It is my first stop on the way from Marseille to Florence and, as usual, it is excellent to be back here.

The name "Nice" (pronounced like "niece") comes from the Greek "Nikaia" (victorious), the same root as in "Nike" and "Nicholas".

Is it France or is it Italy? Both, is the diplomatic answer. "No other french beach town is as sensual as this one" is my answer.

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Seeing inside the body: the scanner tunnel

Think of the scanner as the reverse of a 3D printer.  The 3D printer takes a known (digitally designed) structure and "prints" it, layer by layer.  The scanner does the opposite: it starts with an unknown structure (my body - with or without cancer?) and tries to "explore" it by taking many images of it, once again, layer by layer.  The scanner, thus, produces what the printer starts with: a digital 3D structure.

The patient is placed in a machine that looks like a tunnel and stays completely motionless while invisible ray-guns move around him taking a large number of images, digitally slicing his body like a salami.  To make the images easier to read, the salami is given an injection of a "contrast agent" just before being placed in the tunnel.  The shot creates a strong full body heat flash, just as the salami/patient starts being rolled into the tunnel.

All this allows us to see deep inside the body in ways that are impossible otherwise.  Scrolling with her mouse, the doctor can look into my body in great detail, and flag things that don't seem right.  During the 5-year surveillance period after treatment, cancer patients (survivors? victims?) undergo regular scans to check for metastases (new occurrences of cancer).

There is, however, a price to pay for this technological miracle.  A single scan delivers the equivalent of thousands of X-rays.  This radiation itself causes cancer.  It is estimated that about 1% of cancers are caused by scans.  Catch-22?

(This is my first scan since surgery.  Tomorrow I will have the results.)
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Excellent +nomad dimitri! Just don't wear your underpants on top if your tights, please! Yup, sounds great for the way back. I'll be around (for a change!). Have a great trip!
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Where people linger, streets are alive

Like schools of fish, crowds of people swim through cities, purposeful, determined. Think of the release of energy when the subway car opens its doors. Everyone flees! The important thing is not where they are, but where they are going: future, not present.

Montpellier is a city full of squares at every crossing, ancient history, curving streets, giant shade trees, outdoor dining and an attitude towards space that does not reduce it to just "real estate" and "commercial opportunity".

Here, people linger on their way from A to B, like fish do around corral reefs, and observe their surroundings, and talk, and interact, and enjoy the present moment, and fall in love. When we say a city is magical, or that it has great energy, this is part of what we mean.

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For the child within

I discovered this fabulous toy shop in Montpellier, that reminded me of the films of Tim Burton (remember "Edward Scissorhands"?)

The shop window was fantastic: everything was moving about: giant flowers and a guy with a net chasing a butterfly. It was all handmade and low tech and goofy and utterly charming.

The staff inside had never played video games, they had huge smiles and giggled and were wearing funny hats and clown noses and oversized glasses. In the lovely southern French town of Montpellier, I was, suddenly, magically in the 1950s, a child, before I was even born!

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independent, curious, free-ranging, weary of getting stuck... at home in the world
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