Friday, September 28, 2007

Wetzlar Germany

I'm a little behind in posting these photos from my business trip to Germany a few weeks ago.

Early in the trip we happened upon this little place called Cafe Vinyl. They specialize in Arabian Pizza. They also sell records. It's the kind of quirky place I love.

We held our reception in Marburg, next to a stunning castle. This is the view of the city below, including St. Elizabeth's Church.

The Castle

Rebbecca and Cathy making there way down the cobblestone path in heels.

Entrance to the reception

The castle at dusk

Our big event was the next day in the Rittal Arena. The crowd swelled inside the lobby before we opened the doors.

The green room

I'm obsessed with fancy food displays. I thought they did a nice job with the green room food

I also provided a well stocked fridge. Coke really does taste better straight from a glass bottle.

Where we ate dinner our final night. This was a very fortunate accident, as we had no idea if it would be any good. Turns out, it was freaking amazing. I don't know what Enoteca de Bona means, but it certainly gave me one.

I ordered the 4 course Chef's Surprise. This fig and prosciutto pasta dish was to die for. So were the other 3 courses, as well as what everyone ordered around me. I would have taken more photos, but I was too busy indulging in unspeakable delights of the palate.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Out and About in D.C.

This is my first trip with my new camera, the Sony DSC-T100 Cyber-Shot, with 8.1 mp. I did a lot of research beforehand, and so far it hasn't let me down.

Here are all the photos I took on an afternoon bus tour through D.C.

Where the House and Senate meet. The House flag was at half mast due to some member from Iowa passing away.

Korean War Memorial:

View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial

Bridge over the Potomac river

Vietnam Memorial

North side of the White House

More photos I took the next day on a walkabout

Experimenting with a close up macro feature.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Elite Status

I've never had elite status with any reward program until I started my current job. With all the meetings I book, I quickly earned Platinum Elite status with Marriott, and I have to tell you, I LOVE it! Is it a crime to want to be treated special? Rich people get accustomed to being treated better, but when you are a poor working class stiff like myself, and you still get treated better, it's extra special.

One of my favorite perks is gaining access to their Concierge Lounges, where the food and drink flows like wine... mostly because there is free wine, but that's besides the point. I snapped a quick photo of this morning's breakfast as an example.

What a great start to the day: bagels with cream cheese and lox, scrambled eggs with cheese, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and orange juice.

I'm in D.C. for the HSMAI Affordable Meetings conference to network and hone my skills as a meeting planner. I may post more about it if anything exciting happens.