September 06, 2005
In Paris

I'm in Paris, France this week for work. We are having an internal conference before a big broadcasting convention in Amsterdam later this week.

Of course, our hosts are showing us a great time with good food and an amazing tour of the Eiffel Tower.

We were lucky enough to get a special tour of the broadcasting facilities on the top of the Eiffel Tower, well above where normal tourists get to travel. I had seen pictures of the Tower before, but not until you actually see it can you realize how immensely huge it is. To consider that it was built well over one hundred years ago, it is really a fantastic engineering work.

I am enjoying Paris quite a bit between meetings. The pastries are great, walking around is fun, and seeing all the famous locations is mind-blowing.

It's the little things that impress me, like the fact that French keyboards have a different layout than US keyboards. The wide assortment of channels on the hotel TV reflects the true broadness of the world from French netwroks to Arabic TV to a network aobut US extreme sports to a German channel with softcore porn ads for phone sex.

Last night, we started dinner around 10 PM and didn't finish well until after 1 AM. The food was tasty, but I'm simply not used to the eating dinner after midnight. If it weren't for the 8AM start the next day, I would have been out for drinks until the wee hours.

Posted by michael at September 06, 2005 10:26 PM


Geek trivia: The design of the tower makes it so lightweight that if you built a box surrounding the tower, the tower itself would weigh about the same amount as the air contained in the box.

Posted by: Mister P. [] on September 7, 2005 9:29 AM

Nice. Now what do the French call a "Big Mac"?

Posted by: BillB [] on September 7, 2005 9:48 AM

Meh, everyone who's a fan of Quentin Tarentino films knows that one!

Posted by: Thor [] on September 7, 2005 11:14 AM

Sorry, it was the only French-themed pop-trivia I could come up with. Panicked.

Posted by: BillB [] on September 7, 2005 3:05 PM
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