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Old 09-10-2008   #61 (permalink)
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Sukidog, let me know when you'll be there. I intend to be in Paris one week per month for at least the next 6 months as I need to get to know the people of my new department better. So there might be the possibility that we are in Paris at the same time.

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Thank you!!!! We arrive in London on Oct 10th until the 17th. We are then taking the Chunnell to Paris for the next week. 18th of Oct. until the 24th of Oct. Finalized our plans yeterday!!! Scared, nervous, and excited all at once. Never been over the pond!!!
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My plans for the next weeks are not finalized but it is nearly sure that I'll be in Stockholm when you are in Paris (at least from 19-22). Plan is that I'll be in Paris Oct. 6-10 again so if you need to have some VERY current info, let me know.
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Yesterday evening I left the office early (at 6:30 PM... ) since my colleague Lydie wanted to show me around. I needed some time off since the work days here in Paris are looooongggg.... and the last days I was mostly too tired to go out and it was too late anyway to go into the city when I left the office.

Lydie brought me to the Pantheon. I had seen it before from afar but hadn't known how beautiful it is. I thought I was in Rome and not in Paris. We walked around after that and went to a street in the student quarter where there are lots of restaurants and pubs. What I love about Paris is that when you go to Brasseries and Restaurants you find old furniture, paintings, pictures inside. Yesterday was no different. Very old walls and antique stuff inside... I will post pics tomorrow when I am back home (or tonight if I am not too tired).

Btw. if someone ever thinks about eating at the brasserie next to the 'Grande Arche' in La Defense: DON'T. Will tell you about the experience tomorrow, just saw that I'd better get ready for work...
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And here are the pics that I promised. Didn't photoshop any of them...
This statue was the first thing we saw when coming out of the metro:


This is just soooooo typical for Paris...


The oceanographic museum... looked more like a florentinian tower to me than a french one.


Liked that lamp near the Pantheon


Could see the Eiffel tower at sunset....


I really thought I was in Rome and not in Paris...




Loved the old walls in the restaurant we had dinner at...


And this is Lydie, my colleague (and me... )


I heard a loud noise behind my back at some point in time. When I turned around I saw this 'baguette-guillotine'


And that's the best ice cream in Paris (according to Lydie)


I am absolutely amazed about my french colleagues. This week a lot of them (even those who don't belong to my department) tried to greet me in german although they don't speak the language. It was so sweet of them to care enough to try. What was even more overwhelming was something that happened yesterday. I had only a few minutes left before I had to go down to grab my taxi and was about to check my emails when Lydie asked me to come and have a coffee with everyone else from the department. When I didn't want a coffee she said it was important and made me shut down the computer. We went to the coffee-maker room and there were all the 4 girls from my department plus our manager and they gave me a big box that was wrapped. They had bought two bottles of french white wine for me. That again was so very kind and sweet of them. Next time I go to Paris I will bring a cake to thank them.
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I am absolutely amazed about my french colleagues. This week a lot of them (even those who don't belong to my department) tried to greet me in german although they don't speak the language. It was so sweet of them to care enough to try. What was even more overwhelming was something that happened yesterday. I had only a few minutes left before I had to go down to grab my taxi and was about to check my emails when Lydie asked me to come and have a coffee with everyone else from the department. When I didn't want a coffee she said it was important and made me shut down the computer. We went to the coffee-maker room and there were all the 4 girls from my department plus our manager and they gave me a big box that was wrapped. They had bought two bottles of french white wine for me. That again was so very kind and sweet of them. Next time I go to Paris I will bring a cake to thank them.
Very nice colleagues!
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Soooo - I am back in Paris. After freezing my butt of in the Thaly's (high speed train) and getting warmer only after I had requested that the heating be switched on (answer to my request 'Are you cold?' - Helloooooo, it's winter and everybody was sitting inside the coach wearing the winter jackets... ) I arrived at my hotel at 9:30 PM on sunday only to find out I didn't have a room. The guys from the travel agency had messed up and cancelled it. Fortunately for me the hotel was not fully booked and I guess it helped that I have a silver Marriott card (I always refused to be part of that club but they sent me the silver membership anyway...) so after about 40 minutes I got a room. It is more expensive than the one I had originally booked and I intend to make the travel agency pay the difference. Till then I'll thoroughly enjoy all my free breakfasts, the big room and being able to go to the VIP-Lounge whenever I want (which is mostly for breakfast ).

So far I didn't do much in the evenings since it's simply too cold. We have a christmas market in front of the office building and they have hot wine as well. Went there for lunch with Lydie yesterday and we had a creole meal (my coat STILL smells of it ) and we ordered a Ti Punch with it. I expected something like rum punch like you get on carribean islands. Isn't though... it's a shotglass of high percentage rum with lime. Not sure how Lydie managed to drink it, I gave up after three sips. Just couldn't drink that stuff.

After work yesterday and today I took some pics... The Christmas tree is the 'Ferrero Rocher'-tree. Didn't find that out till today but once you know it makes sense....







In the back you see our office...







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I'm totally lovin' your Paris TR. Paris is my very favorite city in the whole world. I do, however, think it a pity you're stuck at La Defence so much (darn work and what it does to our social lives!).

I love your eye for photos too. My favorites have to be the beehive on the corner of the building, the "no champagne popping" sign, and the duck in lingerie. Wish you had a picture of the whole shop window, because I'm a bit of a lingerie fetishist on the side (am I sharing too much there? ) and there is no finer lingerie than French lingerie!

Actually, you've made me want to go back to Paris so much I mentioned it to my wife last night. Unfortunately we've already got 2009 sewn up (Baltic cruise from Holland in June), but perhaps very late in 2009 or some time in 2010. You are so lucky being able go all the time!

Please keep up the reports and fab pictures!

Edit: Oh, and can I suggest La Taverne du Sgt. Recruiter on Ile St. Louis for dinner. OK, so it's a total tourist trap, that's a given. But the food is really quite good, the wine never quits flowing, and the place is a total laugh!

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Thanks Bigwally.

One of the reasons why I stayed in La Defense most evenings this week is that it is so darn COLD outside. Went to the Champs Elysees tonight and it was beautifully illuminated there. Just too many cars Will upload pics later on (not today though).
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wonderful photos, as always, Andrea.


and the gift was really thoughtful of them!
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Sorry guys, but unfortunately for you I have some more...

Thursday was the best photo-weather you could ever have. When I was ready to go to work I had a last glance out of the window of my hotel room and my mouth just opened when I saw this:


The suburbs were painted in red as the sun was just rising. When I arrived in the office shortly after the light was still beautiful.


At lunchtime my whole department went to the christmas market and we checked if you could sample Ferrero Rocher in the tree. Yes, you could (and we did it a couple of times afterwards - can tell you that our quality check revealed that they were always good )


Shortly before the sun set I saw the full moon coming up:


Around 6 we left the office and Lydie and myself went to the Champs Elysees. In a side street (forgot the name but all the important fashion labels have shops there) all trees were illuminated in red. It was rather ugly...


Here is the Champs Elysees and I wanted to show you a little bit how bad the traffic was. It was the same with pedestrians... standing in the middle of the street taking pics was dangerous (although there were pedestrian areas). Either those stupid bikes nearly crashed into you or stupid tourists taking pics were kicking you (or getting in front of your tripod).


Seeing this I thought of Miss Riley...


Here Lydie and I had a hot wine... loved the ice bear deco.


Snow ornaments. They were made of real snow and the illumination changed colour slowly.


The 'snow' ferris wheel...


A spur of the moment decision was made that we'd go on the ferris wheel. Nothing I ever do and Lydie either. But from up there (50 metres = about 150 ft) above Paris you had a great view. Unfortunately the pics didn't turn out good - too many reflections in the dirty windows. Here is one of the better ones showing the Musee d'Orsay


And this fountain is on Place de la Concorde (right in front of the ferris wheel). The Eiffel tower is illuminated in blue because France right now has the presidentship of the european parliament.
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Aww...the wonderful lighting of sunrise...too bad I don't get up earlier to take photographic advantage of it more often...the very hard work of great photography!

Lots of great photos here, Andrea..you really are getting to be a master of light....








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Best night to photograph the Champs Elysees is New Years Eve. Of course then you end up having a bunch of drunk French people and tourists in your pictures rather than cars, trucks, motorcycles and scooters. But at least you can stand in the middle of the street without fear of death!


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Any more news from Paris?
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No, have been sick at home mostly ever since I came back last time. That has screwed up all plans I had. I will either go again the last week of January or the second one of February. Need to take it slowly this year.
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Sorry to hear you've been ill. Get well soon!
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