I had never been to Europe. Vancouver to the Caribbean. Maine to Southern California. But never across the Atlantic.
What took me there was the annual Space Simulation Working Group meeting endorsed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am the current representative to this group for NASA Glenn Research Center.
More than the tours and the many pages of notes I took during the various talks, on this trip I began to weave connections to other group members. Perhaps this was because I wasn't traveling with a companion from NASA GRC. Maybe it was because I had finally seen more members repeatedly and they, me. Could be all the wine. It doesn't really matter why. I'm just glad for the experience.
In the meantime, though, we were lodged in the Pink City of Toulouse. The city center. And I was able to wander about and snap a few photographs.
Here they are: https://goo.gl/photos/dC9NuZQ4WVriy82M9