This year’s second PubForum conference in Nice, France was yet another incredible opportunity for people to attend an event that is all about dialog and less monologue. There are many other great events to attend, but I like the PubForum events the most, as the attendee count is usually kept below 100 people, allowing for everyone to participate and think outside of the box.

The event has many repeat attendees’, which if you look at the picture below; you can see many of the same faces from past PubForum events. But it is also great to see and meet the many new people that attended this year’s Nice, France event. If you look off to the far right, you can see Rick Dehlinger, for whom this was his first attendance at a PubForum event. Rick, it was great to have you there, I’m so glad you were able to attend.

What would a PubForum conference be without the flying of the PubForum colors!

The event was packed, not an empty seat in the house!

Here is Alex Yushchenko, giving a presentation on Windows Server 2008

Here is Alex Danilychev, giving a presentation on Virtual Display Manager

Here is Karen Sciberras, giving a presentation on Citrix XenDesktop

Here is Thomas Monahan, giving a presentation on Citrix Xenapp

Here is Frederic Serriere, giving a presentation on Citrix Printing

Here is Rick Dehlinger, giving a presentation on Delivery Systems

For those of you who don’t know Frederic Serriere, he is out of the Citrix Paris office and he gave a great presentation on Citrix Printing. He and his wife Ludivine, were so kind as to give Alex Danilychev and myself a helping hand while visiting France. We wanted to go visit the Citrix Paris office, but we wanted to take the scenic route, so follow along with me, as we take the long way there!

As we departed the hotel, we knew that we were on the right track, as our first clue was right in front of us, well that is, if you are a geek =)

If you look at the picture above, you will see the below picture, in middle right on the side of the building.
There are many great frescos in Europe, but this one is just a little out of place.

The first stop was at Notre Dame de Paris

Then off to the Louvre, Musée du Louvre

I have never seen the Eiffel Tower in blue, but later found out this was being done for France being the head of the Europian Union.
I guess the stars should have been a dead giveaway.

Then to the Arch of Triumph, Arc de Triomphe
The street that the arch is located on points directly to to the city of La Défense.
La Défense is a major business district for the city of Paris, bordering Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of the city itself.
If you look through the arch, you can see the adjancent arch, La Grande Arche, that is located on La Défense, five miles away

Yes, it was a long walk to arrive here at La Grande Arche, but well worth it

If you look to the left in the above picture you see the below, which was clue number one in locating the Citrix Paris office.

If you look to the right in that picture, you can see the below, which was clue number two in locating the Citrix Paris office.

At first glance we didnt see it, but If you closely you can see the Citrix Flag hanging in the upper windows.
There was either someone working very late that night, or the lights were left on by accident.

To give you some perspective, here is the view from the Grand Arch, La Grande Arche looking back to the Arch of Triumph, Arc de Triomphe.
If you look right in the middle its the yellow glowing blob on the horizon

Just as pictures can not do a visit to europe justice, nor can they do justice to a PubForum conference. But, they do help =)
If you have the opportunity to attend a PubForum, I highly reccomend you do so, as you will not only be an attendee you will be a participant, in one of the greatest conferences Europe has to offer.