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Old 01-25-2008   #16 (permalink)
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Okay, here some of our stories to the pics... on tuesday evening I arrived at the airport Charles de Gaulle in time. No problem there. Then we went to get our trolleys which we had checked in. We looked up the belt where our luggage was supposed to arrive and waited. Three flights were delivered there and we saw the status 'delivery in progress' for another flight and waited for ours. Suddenly below our flight we only saw 'Delivery over' What the heck.... We waited some more but no more luggage arrived. Of course we started to get mad and were already thinking about how to manage the next morning since we couldn't attend our meeting in jeans. When we concluded that our luggage wouldn't arrive any more we started to walk towards the exit when we heard from someone nearby that our luggage had arrived at another belt. We walked over and under the flight from Singapore... voila - our trolleys... Of course we were mad that they hadn't announced that but at the same time we were happy to have our trolleys.

We took a taxi and started to our hotel. On the exit from the highway we found some traffic and had to stop. Suddenly our driver asked us whether we understood any french and when we said 'A petit peu' (which means a little bit) he explained something to us. What we understood was: there are people who - when cars have to stop at the highway due to high traffic come from outside, grab pags and suitcases out of the cars and then run away. Because of this our driver was on high alert and looking to the right side all the time to make sure nobody would rob our stuff. There was a fence dividing the highway from a 'normal' street nearby but it was torn down in several places...

Once we had arrived at the hotel we decided to walk around a little bit more since we had been sitting all day in the office and the plane. Near our office in Paris La Defense there is a big shopping mall and we entered there. To our big joy we found a supermarket which was open till 10 PM (which for european standards is highly unusual) so were able to buy some water since we went in shortly before they closed. Afterwards we found out that there are several cinemas and some restaurants in that part of the mall as well. Good to know since we always arrive late with the evening flights and I will be a lot in Paris in the months to come.

The next morning we met my swiss boss at a small bistro near the office and there something started what would become a pattern for the past days. Behind my boss another swiss colleague walked in who hadn't seen my boss but he had seen us. I met german and swiss colleagues all over there must have been about 50 of us in Paris.

For once we finished early with work that day and met again at 6 to have a drink and then with my boss and my team collague Jan who had flown in that morning we took the commuter train to Paris. Sheesh, that was another experience. The commuter train was full and although we had to do only 3 stops this was bad. The boss of my boss is one head shorter than I am and he sort of disappeared among the crowd although he was standing close to me (was sort of kneeling down, looking around and yelling 'Peter, are you still there?' ). We got off at Les Halles and walked around looking for a nice place to eat. We ended up in a small restaurant which was obviously 'french' and we did like it. Was rather cheap, the wine was good, food was not excellent but edible and the next day nearly all of us had diarrhoe...

Next day was uneventfull. Except for the colleague who was in an 'Aparthotel' close to our hotel and told us that instead of a bed he'd had a couch to sleep on. And since he didn't have a hairdryer he could have ironed his hair... Worked till 5.30, took a taxi, lots of traffic, plane was late and I was finally at home at 10.30 PM....

Here are the pics with from the two days:







Le Grand Arc


L'ARc de Triomphe


L'Arc de Triomphe with the dawning sun












Are we in Vegas or what?


Centre Pompidou


Loved the lamp at that tipical french restaurant.


Le steak tartare my colleague Jan ate.
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Old 01-26-2008   #17 (permalink)
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Is that a raw egg inside raw beef? The fries look good
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[quote=Barbidoll1;1046024]Is that a raw egg inside raw beef? [/quote]

FYI - traditional tartare always includes a raw egg....it helps create a "sauce"
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Is that a raw egg inside raw beef? The fries look good
Yes, it is (like nemcd already mentioned). My colleague was surprised to get raw meet since he had expected something like a burger.... language barrier... (but 'tartare' is called 'tartar' here as well so he just laughed and said he'd been stupid).
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Is that a raw egg inside raw beef? The fries look good
I second that... but have I guess don't knock it until you try it?? The diced onion is a nice garnish..lol
Great pics - you have a great eye!
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I second that... but have I guess don't knock it until you try it?? The diced onion is a nice garnish..lol
Great pics - you have a great eye!
You mix it all before eating it so it's not like you swallow that raw egg as a whole. Onions always go with meat 'tartare'.

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Came back from Paris late yesterday again. A pity I had to work since it was the best photo weather... I don't wanna complain though as having the view of the Eiffel-Tower while sitting in a meeting all day is not one of the worst things that can happen to you at work. Of course I had my cam with me (the small one).

So here the day began...



I am always amazed at the mirror effects on the buildings in La Defense. Disadvantage of these buildings is that when you are inside and the sun is shining in your office you can hardly see anything...



My view during the 2 days I spent there this time....


I loved the colours at lunch time...


The only free evening we had (when we arrive it is usually too late to go into the city so we stay at La Defense) we went to a restaurant at the Champs Elysee. After dinner we walked a little bit around and laughed a lot at seeing this disco above Häagen Dazs. You could see people dancing and sweating from down on the street....


Liked the Hugo Boss shop with the washing mashine decoration.


And got near the Arc de Triomphe (usually we see it only in the distance from La Defense).
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I have been lazy the last two weeks since it was tooooo heavenly to be at home... now that I have to think about the next trip (going to Paris on sunday and on monday from there to Zurich) I finally downloaded the pics from the last trip. Will take more on sunday since I will have part of the afternoon for sightseeing before I have to be in the office on monday morning. *sigh*

Never had so many cushions in my bed in France (first time I stayed in that hotel- the 'Renaissance'):


View from my room the next morning:


The lobby....


Liked the mirror of the moon in the Grande Arche:


La Defense in the morning (or was it in the evening? - don't really remember).


And this statue is close to Centre Pompidou at the Metro Station 'Les Halles'.


Will post more Paris pics next week. For the first time I have to be in Paris on a monday which means I will leave home on sunday morning and I will have a couple of hours off at Paris in the afternoon. It is the first time as well that I am going without my boss so I don't have to wait for him (and others) when going out. I will use my free time to go to places I am not able to see when everybody else is around... maybe to the Eiffel tower or to the Trocadero to take in the beautiful view... it will depend a lot on the weather but trust me: whatever the weather is I will make the most of the few 'free' hours I will have this time.
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What amazing pictures!
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Andrea seriously lives a life to envy.
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Andrea seriously lives a life to envy.
Well, don't envy me too much. It may sound exciting to travel so much but let me tell you that right now I am tired to the bone again although I've been at home for two weeks and haven't done much except work and get my appartment and rooftop deck in order. It always sounds so exciting but it is actually work and noone else sees how tired you are. A lot of the time my friends don't know where I am and my personal live IS afflicted by it. Not complaining though, just trying to point out that it's not ALL sunshine...
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Andrea seriously lives a life to envy.
Doesn't she though?!

Andrea, did you get to visit Montmartre? That is my favorite place in Paris. We spent the day wandering about the artists neighborhood and then hung out on the steps of the the Sacre Coure. I had my portrait done by one of the local artists. Truly a day I'll never forget.
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Oh, and btw I do love me some beef carpaccio, but if someone served me that raw minced beef with a raw egg in the center of it I would cry.
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Vanessa, I might go to Montmarte on sunday afternoon. Will depend on the weather. If the sun is shining as it is here right now this would be a good place to go. You will see it on the pics next week.
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I saw this thread for the first time now. Great pics as allways Andrea.

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