Today is my 9th day in Paris, and I finally feel like I've adjusted. My body has caught up with the time difference, we've become friendly with all the staff we are working with from the hotel and the DMC, and the first wave of the program is half over. Wave two is always easier because we've figured everything already, maps and documents have been designed and printed, restaurants located and booked, amenities prepared, etc.
The program is going great - all is going pretty much as planned and we're hearing only positive comments from the attendees.
I haven't had any time to get out of the hotel except for the locations we've been to for functions: Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower and the Bercy Museum. Today my staff all have a few hours off so hopefully everyone will be able to get out and see something. For most of them, this is their first visit to Paris (or first in many years) and I'm sure they're anxious to see something other than the hotel lobby.
I was fortunate enough to be here last year for a site visit / vacation so I've seen all the big attractions already. When I have a a few hours off one day I hope to go back to Le Marais, the Latin Quarter, and maybe trek out to one of the big flea markets. I'm really enjoying my new camera and am anxious to get out for a photoshoot. I've got a ton of photos on my memory card but haven't had any time to process them or even look at them yet.
Today is an easy day - everyone is out on tours to Normandy or Versailles in the morning, and people are on their own for dinner tonight. For our staff, it'll be our first chance to get to bed before midnight and hopefully get a full night's sleep.
Some random photos below, most from my new Fuji x100s.
Paris is beautiful but here's where we've spent most of our time so far: