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From: Fabian Neuhaus <fabian.neuhaus@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 10:47:29 -0400
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Chris Menzel wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 11:20:26AM -0400, Fabian Neuhaus wrote:
>> Chris Menzel wrote:
>>> On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 10:41:41AM -0700, Duane Nickull wrote:
>>>> Apologies - this was meant for Michael personally.
>>> Michael's a native of the Great White North.  I don't know about his
>>> German, but a priori it's more likely he speaks French. :-)
>> The fact that Michael is not German is also confirmed by the fact that
>> he agreed to Saarbruecken as venue. I lived there for a year and, to
>> put it positively, it is very unlikely that the participants of FOIS08
>> will be distracted from thinking about ontology. In the end of October
>> it might be even too rainy for hiking through the woods around
>> Saarbruecken. The city was flattened during WWII, thus there are no
>> important architectural sights.  Unless you are a
>> gray-concrete-building aficionado -- in this case you will love the
>> campus! :-)
> LOL!  It is true, however, that the bar is set awfully high by towns
> like Tübingen and Freiburg with their glorious settings, unscathed
> medieval "Altstädte", and their old universities.  A few older buildings
> in Saarbrücken survive the war, including the Saarbrücken Schloss and a
> few churches, but architecturally it has to be admitted that the town
> is, well, rather unlovely, esp by German standards.  On the bright side,
> the surrounding woods are beautiful, and there are lots trails right
> from the univerity onto the Schwartzenberg, which has wonderful hiking
> trails and a high tower on the top affording a nice panorama of the
> surrounding countryside.  (I think it is still open in October.)  Worth
> visiting in the vicinity are the Völklingen Ironworks about 10 km up the
> Saar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
> (http://www.unesco.de/309.html?&L=1), the nice little French town of
> Sarregueminnes about 15 km south, and the historic town of Trier,
> Germany's oldest city, which is about a 90 minute drive north.  The
> restaurant scene in Saarbrücken is surprisingly good; there is a
> particularly good Thai restaurant on Mainzer Strasse.  (Fabian, what was
> the name?  "Siam"?)  There are also a number of nice clubs, restaurants,
> coffeshops, and theaters in the "Nauwieser Quarter" near the downtown
> area.
Chris is right, there are good restaurants (I don't remember the name of 
the Thai place),  and  there are nice hiking trails close to the campus.    (01)

However, in the interest of full disclosure I have to reveal that when 
the weather turned cold and rainy in the autumn Chris fled from 
Saarbruecken and returned to Texas. :-)    (02)

In any case, since the success of a conference does not really depend on 
the venue, but rather on the participants I am sure that we'll have a 
great time there!    (03)

Fabian    (04)

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