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Most of the conversations with friends and family this time of the year revolve around travel.  My wife’s last day at work yesterday signals the start of the family’s summer holiday, which is mostly spent outside Kuwait.  I will, God willing, join them on two separate short trips – the first of which will be late July.

The images in this video are not new.  Readers of this blog will have already come across them.  I had some fun with the globe widget, and enjoyed trying to fit it all into 80 seconds.  It’s not perfect, but I like the end result.  The background singing is of traditional Kuwaiti sea songs – something I associate very strongly with travel.

Whatever you’re doing this summer, and wherever you’re spending it, I wish you all the best.

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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Last week, my work took me to Germany.  It was my first visit to Hamburg.  The trip lasted the typical just-under-two-days, but I did have a free afternoon to look around. Hamburg is a small city, well organised and easy to cover on foot.  But it was freezing! Snow and ice everywhere.  On the day I left (Wednesday) it was snowing again.  Ice floated on waterways and sat stubbornly on sidewalks.  Some lakes were almost completely frozen.  The main Christmas tree on the big lake was still there late February, waiting for the ice to thaw… hopefully before Easter.

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I spend a lot of time in the air. I have done for more than fifteen years.  It’s fair to say that whist I don’t hate flying, there isn’t much out there that impresses me! This was the first time, in a long time, when I was actually excited about a flight.

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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.

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.

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.

 

Ok, not quite that bad.  However, this 40-minute journey was delayed by 40 minutes!

Air traffic control were having some fun with this pilot.  Two and a half circles after flying into London’s air space, we made our final approach West into Heathrow.

 

I didn’t have a window seat but managed this photograph of the screens 🙂

 

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.

Schmap are introducing maps for iPhones.  In their desktop version, they used one of my photographs of Paris for their “Paris Walks” section.  A few days ago, they advised me that they’ve adjusted it and included it in their iPhone version.  They sent me the above to illustrate how it will look.

I’m just using the opportunity to show off 🙂 … Sorry.