My trip to the University of Strasbourg, in a region of France called Alsace, started the usual way with a trip to the airport and a plane ride of over 10 hours.
Then it got better. Pierre Tellier who coordinated the event at the University drove from Strasbourg to Frankfurt to pick me up. He did not want me to have to wait a few additional hours for a bus. When I got out of custom and he was there waiting for me. We drove around 2 hours back to Strasbourg driving at times at 160km per hour due to traffic. On his way to Strasbourg, Pierre was able to test the maximum speed of his car. It apparently clocked at 220km per hour. Of course, he had to make way for other drivers that really took advantage of the no speed limit of the German infobahn.
Picking me up in Frankfurt is extremely nice. Doing it on mother's day in France sounds like a death wish!
We got to Strasbourg and started doing some site seeing that made me feel like I was on vacation. To top it off, Pierre invited me to his house where I met his beautiful family and had dinner. What a way to start an Informix on campus event. Pierre and Strasbourg get an A-plus in hospitality. they are setting the bar very high for any other Universities in the world that will participate in the program.
the only thing I can say is vive l'Alsace, vive Strasbourg!