Monday, April 07, 2008

The 20th Anniversary Reunion Visit to Paris - Friday 4th April 2008

We had a great journey on Eurostar and arrived at our hotel, The Meridien Etoile, in the early afternoon. We are staying in their President’s Club, so are on their executive floor, the eighth. Our room was very luxurious – small but perfectly formed as is typical of hotels in the centre of Paris.

Our first visit was to Apple’s offices on the Avenue D’Iena so that Guy could meet with his people there and have a look at the refurbishments that are being done. The building itself is lovely and I was shown out on to an amazing terrace off the sixth floor. It was a gorgeous clear day and Paris was quite literally at my feet. The terrace itself was a huge L shape, and would be a super place for a party! On one side, it looked over the home of an ambassador and over it to the dome of the Sacré Coeur at Montmartre. Just to my left was the Eiffel Tower. I could see miles into the distance. It was incredible. After coming back inside, I amused myself by reading (Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith) whilst Guy worked.

Around four o’clock we made our way over to Guy’s university, situated on the Avenue Bosquet, to check in for the reunion. Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the evening’s reception at the Elysées Biarritz, a theatre and reception venue on rue Quentin Bauchart in the eighth arrondissement . Our taxi got us there just after the eight o’clock start – not quite fashionably late! It was a great opportunity to meet up with a lot of Guy’s old friends, many of whom I already knew. The champagne was flowing freely, although there was not very much food – just a terribly chic buffet – gorgeous but very small portions when we had not eaten properly all day. The company more than made up for it though and we had a lovely evening.
The evening wore on and we all got very hungry so set off in search of food, but by this time it was nearly midnight so it proved very hard to find. In the end, Guy and I abandoned the expedition and went back to the hotel. We ordered Club Sandwiches from room service which were delivered very promptly and were amazingly delicious. I really do not think I have ever had such good food from room service before. Often it is cold and takes ages, but this was wonderful, and very cheerfully delivered as well!

It was an exhausting day, but really good fun. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!

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