SpaceBass: Europe 2004
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After descending the interminable stairs, we stopped for lunch at some little brasserie in the sun and watched the passersby as we ate and drank, watching passersby being the main attraction of the south of France. After we were sated, in more ways than one, we decided to head up to the train station to see about reservations for our upcoming train trips to and from Cannes and Monaco, since we were planning on making daytrips to each place over the next couple of days.

At the train station, after a very short wait for our number to be called, we found out that we didn't need reservations at all, just our Eurail pass. The trains to and from Cannes and Nice were local lines and didn't require advance notice (unless you wanted to ride the TGV, which in retrospect might have been the wiser choice). The information dude gave us a lovely timetable and sent us on our way.

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We headed back down to the waterfront, planning to check out the backside of the hill we'd just been up before lunch. Along the way, we enjoyed many decorative french objÚts d'art, such as this fountain with three naked alien chicks wearing hats. Those crazy french love their alien chicks. And who can blame them?

French culture isn't restricted just to artwork, either. Oh my no, it's infused in everything. This advertising board, for example, is beautiful enough to bring tears to your eyes. There was no question that it had to be memorialized forever in a compressed binary image format. Nothing says forever like a JPEG.

I hated to kick a gift horse in the nads, but I must confess that I did want to complain to someone about the insanely reflective glass cover that marred such beauty and made it impossible to get a really good picture. That, like, pissed me off.

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The Aubade ads looked to be presented in a series. Sadly, if there really were fifty-two of them, we only saw a very small portion of the whole. We tried not to think about that, as heart-wrenching a thought as it was. We knew we might never see them all, but it certainly would not be, as they say, for lack of trying!

Fortunately, I found one that was shaded enough to mostly counter the Krazy Reflecto Glass™. The caption may be translated as: "Lesson No. 5, Dr. Dre is a Fine Gentleman." Dr. Dre is very big in France.

After a time, we managed to tear ourselves away from the ubiquitous ad boards and continued on our journey, the return to the waterfront.

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