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Over the past three years, I’ve visited Sens about eight times.  Most of my trips were in winter, which meant it was dark when I left the office in the evening. Other towns have had a better share of my photography time, and I want to change this over my next few visits.

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It’s funny how some places seem to always fall into the category of ‘I’ll go there next time’.  Montmartre has been on my list for the past three years, and every time I’m in Paris, something gets in the way.  I had an unexpected free afternoon yesterday, and – despite the terrible weather – I went to have a look.

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Not the easiest shots I’ve taken recently… especially when wearing a suit! I took these early this morning outside my hotel before heading to our France office in Sens.  It was -3°c and it continued to snow the rest of the day.

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Staying in a ‘flying theme;… the battery charger for my camera is no longer working. I just travelled to Qatar (and back) and had to leave my camera at home.  I will get a replacement as soon as possible.  In the meantime, enjoy some of the shots taken on my return flight from Paris.

In fact there wasn’t a single cloud in sight.  I just couldn’t think of a better title to describe the feeling of my experience yesterday. Imagine suddenly growing wings… then imagine something grabbing you, rocketing you a thousand metres up and… letting you go.  It was exhilarating!

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This post is about my first ‘planned’ walk around Paris. Although I’ve been here before and am familiar with the major landmarks, I wanted to see some of the things I had put off previously.

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The second (and final) selection of matchboxes.  Mostly of hotels, and roughly grouped into continents.  Some of the matches missed out in the first post (EAT) were added here and there… 

Above: Movenpick (Heliopolis-Egypt), Sheraton (Doha-Qatar), Le Meridien (Casablanca-Morocco), Crowne Plaza (Farwaniya-Kuwait), The Residence (Tunis-Tunisia) & Sheraton (Muscat-Oman).
 

The Bellagio (Las Vegas-USA), Sacred Sea Room (Las Vegas-USA), Aladdin (Las Vegas-USA), Luxor (Las Vegas-USA), MGM Grand (Las Vegas-USA), Stratosphere Tower (Las Vegas-USA), Best Western (New York-USA), The Doral (Miami-USA), Pacific Time (Miami-USA) & again Luxor (Las Vegas-USA).

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Albannach (London-UK), Bbar (London-UK), Diverso (London-UK), SportsWorld (London-UK), Capo (Copenhagen-Denmark), Cafe Rouge (Kew-UK) & Oxo (London-UK).

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You have to give it to the French.  Their capital, their roads, their cars, their fashions, I could go on for a while.  One of the ugliest things invented by man is concrete – and even that is beautiful here (at least in some places).  The airport is full of little design ideas offering a quality overall look and good function.  The seats, the natural light and more.  My favoutite is the big neck-friendly board.

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This is the first personal few minutes I’ve had since my arrival!  I took a taxi out of Paris, first thing Wednesday, and I’ve been busy ever since…  My journey out of Paris airport reminded me what an active airport CDG really is.  The number of long white clouds (from the jet engines) that lined the sky was impressive. After our meetings, there are receptions, followed by dinners, followed by late nights with colleagues, followed by more meetings the next day.  It will be a tough year and many companies are struggling.  We are no exception, so it’s important to agree on strategies.  

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Off on a short and very busy trip to France.  I’m not sure I’ll have much free time, so I’m posting the above photo of the Eiffel Tower taken back in August last year.  I doubt I can make time to go into Paris as my meetings are outside by some distance, but if I can make it there, I will of course take my camera with me.

Sens has only two hotels and all the rooms were booked. The office booked a room for me at a hotel in Fontainebleau. The bad news is it’s an hour away from the office, and an hour away from Paris.  The “good” news is that we were in meetings and dinners most of the time.  I took this photograph early this morning after checking out, and before we left for the office. The remainder of the ground frost was still visible. The only thing I knew about this town was that INSEAD is based here.  What I didn’t know is that it was the location of the headquarters of NATO until Charles de Gaulle kicked them out, and that Napolean was among the residents of the chateaux.

Unfortunately it was too early to see the chateaux, the largest in France, from the inside.  The photographs available on the web have made me even more interested.

It’s nothing new to any business traveller reading this post, but this is all I saw of Paris during my trip – and probably all I will see.  However I still thought it was worth sharing.  The snow wasn’t as bad as what I saw on the news in London, but it covered Paris in fluffy white rather quickly.

My meetings are outside Paris but I took the above shot very early this morning from my hotel balcony.  Click to get the larger view to see some of the snow flakes near the street light and the car’s headlamps.  The snow storm got a little heavier later and I just heard that 30 flights were cancelled at Paris CDG Airport earlier today.  I’m further south now, and there is no sign of snow. The forecast suggests -3˚c  and snow showers.

 

I love taking photographs of this truly elegant city.  I’m here on business so not much free time – actually none – but I managed to walk out of the hotel after dinner this evening.  The blue coulour symbolises Europe.  In fact the other side of the tower even has the yellow stars.  It looks very different and, I think, stads out a bit more as a result.  When it glitters on the hour it looks spectacular.

France currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union July to December 2008.

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I’ve been visiting Sens every second month since this time last year.  My company’s head office and manufacturing plant are based here.  This small pretty town 1½ hours south (south eastish) of Paris is home to approximately 40000 people.  I don’t usually get a chance to walk around with my camera – and this trip is no exception.  The day is spent at the office, lunch with colleagues and dinner is usually with visitors. 

The above photograph was taken the day I arrived, when I had some free time after the drive from the airport.  This wonderful promenade encircles the whole city.  The end of this beautiful row of trees is the river Yonne.