Entry #02 - Annecy, France

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Cristobal, Margeaux and me

I lived in France for almost 3 years and still speak fluent French.  So, naturally I came to visit Cristobal, Jaki, Ben, Alban, Margaux and everyone in Annecy for 4 days of NON-STOP fun.  I lived here in the Alpes - in Grenoble which is 1.5 hours south of Geneva.  For you Americans, I like to describe it as, "the city of Berkeley in the Yosemite Valley."  Check out the photos (below).  When I lived here back in 1998, I opened a night club and played drums in a rock band - so i made some pretty good friends as you can see.... 

I stayed with my close friend Cristobal (Jean-Christophe).  He was the guitarist and singer.

Annecy: what more is there to say?
  He made sure the whole weekend revolved around me.  The first day, we had about 15 rendez-vous and visited EVERYONE. I must have had 5 beers, 6 wines and 8 coffees all before 7pm. We visited the studio where we recorded music in 1998.  The producer found our recording from almost 10 years ago.  It was an amazing memory to listen to it.  I will try to post a song for you.  Then, we went to Ben's - the bass player's house.  Benoit Gasquet's house is like a museum - like Antonio Gaudi-style. Ben is one of the most creative guys I know.  What he is doing to his house is absolutely stunning.  It is truly unbelieveable.  I am sure his home will one day be a museum.  Check it out in the photos.
Lake Annecy and the FIRST SNOW of the year!!

So far, i have completely emersed myself into my French friend's lives.  i have not spoken English in a week now!!  Yesterday was a day of "firsts" for me.  We went to our friend Jacki's house - an old french brick building from the middle ages - like a classic farm in the countryside.  We picked fresh rasberries and ate them.  We drank fresh apple juice that he pressed THAT morning.  We picked fresh Sensimilla that he was growing.  I helped stir his "prune" fermentation which would soon be brewed into a dessert wine.  I watched my first rugby match with the guys.  Then all the guys played Bocce ball for my first time while their ladies prepared the feast.  And finally, we all stood around the cozy kitchen and prepared quiche and ate until very late. We ate for almost 5 hours with 17 different cheeses and 8 bottles of wine.  I felt like I was in a movie.

Today, Cristobal took me to Grenoble where i used to live.  This is where I "studied" (my dad might read this) in 1995 and then opened a night club in 1997.  It was my first time back to Grenoble since 1999. I took tons of photos. 

Gotta go.  Enjoy.  See you soon......!

Lamarals says:
Hey Dan, was nice to see U ! Hope you'd enjoyed the fondue and the "prune" from Jacky's... Don't forget to come and see us back
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
thibautc says:
hey dan, any chance you're coming to Paris?
Posted on: Oct 10, 2007
Bolt says:
Too bad you aren't having any fun!
Posted on: Oct 05, 2007
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Cristobal, Margeaux and me
Cristobal, Margeaux and me
Annecy: what more is there to say?
Annecy: what more is there to say?
Lake Annecy and the FIRST SNOW of …
Lake Annecy and the FIRST SNOW of…
Ben and me.....
Ben and me.....
Absynthe Pimante which is appare…
Absynthe "Pimante" which is appar…
Alban after taking a sip....
Alban after taking a sip....
Smoking Kills (on every box in F…
"Smoking Kills" (on every box in …
Benoit Gasquet made everything you…
Benoit Gasquet made everything yo…
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Bens latest home-made guitar.
Ben's latest home-made guitar.
The bathroom
The bathroom
the bathroom mirror with Bens han…
the bathroom mirror with Ben's ha…
The bar - with see-through bottles…
The bar - with see-through bottle…
Cork curtain under his sink
Cork curtain under his sink
The Studio where we recorded, Sky…
The Studio where we recorded, "Sk…
Me in the studio....
Me in the studio....
Alban (drummer), Cristobal (Jean-C…
Alban (drummer), Cristobal (Jean-…
Cristobal with his morning wine.
Cristobal with his morning wine.
From Cafe des Arts at dusk....
From Cafe des Arts at dusk....
Jakis house! Just a bit different…
Jaki's house! Just a bit differen…
Jakis house
Jaki's house
Jakis guest house and drum room!
Jaki's guest house and drum room!
The boys watching Rugby!
The boys watching Rugby!
Jaki & Cristobal picking his fresh…
Jaki & Cristobal picking his fres…
I learned how to be a botanist.
I learned how to be a botanist.
Jaki brewing his home-made dessert…
Jaki brewing his home-made desser…
Playing Petanque - Bocce Ball
Playing "Petanque" - Bocce Ball
Bocce Ball
Bocce Ball
A few of our cheeses that night.
A few of our cheeses that night.
Un peu du vin rouge!
Un peu du vin rouge!
me and Cristobals band: De La Vega
me and Cristobal's band: De La Vega
Virginie & Cristobal
Virginie & Cristobal
me, Cristobal & Jaki in his wine c…
me, Cristobal & Jaki in his wine …
me, jaki & marie, cristobal & virg…
me, jaki & marie, cristobal & vir…
Grenoble!!!!
Grenoble!!!!
Le Chartreuse of Grenoble.
Le Chartreuse of Grenoble.
Le Chartreuse
Le Chartreuse
me, Sophie & Cristobal. They used …
me, Sophie & Cristobal. They used…
This is the GREAT bar i worked dur…
This is the GREAT bar i worked du…
The view from outside Laetitia my …
The view from outside Laetitia my…
Just outside my other apartment
Just outside my other apartment
The top floor in the yellow buildi…
The top floor in the yellow build…
My room was the entire top floor.
My room was the entire top floor.
My room was the entire top floor.
My room was the entire top floor.
My apartment with Laetitia.
My apartment with Laetitia.
Le Magic Bus was the record store …
Le Magic Bus was the record store…
Cristobal in his bands studio. Ju…
Cristobal in his band's studio. J…
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