Arrival in the city of lights
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
17Trip End May 01, 2011
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Today I was up early for my flight to Paris. Since I was already in France there were no formalities to clear so I arrived at the hotel by mid-morning. This trip, I had bid on a hotel on Priceline.com, with which I have had good results for Paris. I have several regular hotels that I use, that are moderately priced (at least for Paris) and in locations I like. They were fully booked this trip. I often use them because it's convenient for me to know the neighborhoods. I know where shops are, post offices, business I might need, inexpensive restaurants and so on. There are at least two neighborhoods in Paris that I think of as "mine," almost as if I lived there. But this time I got a good deal on Priceline, where one names a price one is willing to pay for a certain number of hotel stars, and selects which parts of the city are acceptable. One doesn’t get to choose the specific hotel, that’s the surprise at the end.
My room wasn’t ready when I arrived, so I dropped my luggage at the hotel and took the metro to Bouillon Chartier, a restaurant about which I’ve written in the past. It’s always crowded, because the food is straight forward and the prices are very good. They will every seat, so I was seated at the same table as two young French businessmen discussing the power-dynamics at their place of employment. Based on what I overheard (it was impossible not to overhear) politics and maneuvering in the workplace seems to be the same the world over; they must stem from our common human nature.
The sun was setting and the lights of Paris, sometimes called the city of lights were winkling on as I made my way back to the hotel. It is truly a beautiful city. At the hotel I called home, but couldn't get through, I'll try again tomorrow, and did a bit more work in preparation for getting together tomorrow with our few members in Paris. Tomorrow will be my last full day in France, and then Sunday I'll be homeward bound.