In the summer of 2003, we convinced our friends Linda and Steve to make the big jump and travel with us to France. We had gone to Spring Training in Arizona, spent a week in Hawaii with them, and various other short trips. But Europe? This took some convincing. Despite their initial trepidations, we had a wonderful time and they both wondered what they had been hesitant about. I suppose it's just the unknowns about travel that put people off. Anyhow, we ran into the worst heat wave in France in over 100 years and many older people died as a result. We were bowed but not broken, however, and pushed on to the French Riviera after a few days in Paris. These pictures were also inspired by the fact that my English classes are currently reading "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand, which takes place in Paris, and the waiter jauntily posed outside the cafe of the same name. I used the Nikon Coolpix 5700 for the entire trip. By 2003, although I still owned two film cameras, I had completely switched to digital. In 2003, film was still vastly superior to digital, but I was in the thrall of the new technology.