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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A quick Italian tour

Last week I spent 3 nights in Udine, Italy for a conference on power line technology.  It's the 15th iteration of this conference, and it shows in the tight communities within it.  I had a great time, and connected with loads of academic and industry folk.  The city itself was a treat to walk around too.  Having come from Ireland, the contrasts were striking: the cafe culture resulting from the warm Mediterranean climate is so attractive to me, growing up in rural Canada.  It's nearly the antithesis of the Irish pub culture, where people are holed up in cozy, warm and wooden rooms rather than the open stone piazzas of Italy. Of course they share the same social nature.  Here's a photo sampling of my trip.

The main square in Udine.

The view North from the grounds of Udine Castle, of the Dolomites.

Town hall view from the Piazza della Libertà.

I took a few hours to walk around Venice before jumping on the plane too...

  And a view of the Italian plains and Alps from on high.

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