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ET Paris Meet-up, September 2009 - Two

by Fran Fri Jul 31st, 2009 at 03:53:23 AM EST

It's time to get ready for the ET Meet-up in Paris, which this year will take place on Saturday

September 12th.

So mark the date in your calendar.

Picture by In Wales


Let us know who intents to participate and as most of us might arrive already on Friday, ideas for a programm will be welcome. LEP - you always had good ideas, let us know if you have something in mind for this year.

The actual place for the meet-up on Saturday will be announced in a later diary.

The Passy-Home Hotel has agreed to a 10% reduction for the rooms.

I will let them know that you will identify yourself as part of ET by mentioning "ET-Meetup 2009".

Will attend:
afew
Bernard
Colman and Sam and Christopher
Crazy Horse
Cyrille (on Friday) and(Mouna)
dvx
Fran
gk
Helen
In Wales
JakeS
Jérôme
LEP
linca and wife
margouillat
Melanchthon
Millman
nanne
Nomad
RogueTrooper
someone
vladimir

Maybe:
ceebs
drew and wife
Loefing
marco
Memnosyne
Metatone
Migeru
NordicStorm
papicek
pi
UnEstranAvecVueSurMer
Sassafras
Sven Triloquist
Ted Welch
whataboutbob

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by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:21:54 AM EST
Hope the list is up-to-date, if not please let me know.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:23:40 AM EST
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My travel is already bought and paid for, so I'll be in Paris whatever.

Looking forward to meeting everybody again.


keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 09:40:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
My trip is also booked, got my train-ticket this morning.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 13th, 2009 at 04:30:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I've booked my outgoing train ticket, arriving Bercy Friday morning.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 04:58:19 AM EST
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The Artesia night train is plenty of fun !

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 05:00:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Why? I don't remember anything special about it, except for the two hour delay last time I took it, apparently because of a suicide between Venice and Verona (since I was going to have a 3 hour wait at 5:30 in Dijon for a connection, this was one of the rare cases where I didn't mind the delay...)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 05:09:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mostly because it's the only night train I ever took and I liked it...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 05:11:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I will be there - need to look at costs before I pick which day to arrive.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:30:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
barring unforeseen SNAFUs.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
by marco on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:37:43 AM EST
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I am in Paris right now, but I may need to leave before September 12.  Sorry for the change.  Will update as soon as I know for sure.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
by marco on Wed Jul 8th, 2009 at 05:28:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sorry to hear that you might not make it to the meet-up, would have been nice to see you again.

Hope you still might be able to make it.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 12th, 2009 at 11:22:18 AM EST
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I see Geezer is not on the list. That would be very sad. Hopefully he will be a late addition.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 12:14:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Geezer hasn't left a comment yet, so I do not know if he is coming. And I do also think it would be nicer if he will join us.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 12:18:51 PM EST
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I may try to be there... Problem is that I never know so long in advance what professional meetings I can have on that day (Alas yes, even on Saturdays)!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 06:33:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Would be great if you could make it. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:34:50 AM EST
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When asked so nicely... I'll try hard to be there :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 03:02:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The fiscal gods have spoken, and I'm afraid I will be unable to attend. It's all rather depressing.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire
by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 11:20:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
;(

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 12:21:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm down to sacrificing a chicken (in the form of a bucket of KFC) to the lottery gods.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire
by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 12:43:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
To support your chicken sacrifice and please the lottery gods, I have not taken you out completely but put your name in the maybe list. Who knows? Would be nice if you still could join "miraculously".
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:38:03 AM EST
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The car begs for some major repairs, I'm afraid. Absolutely the worst timing. The check engine light came on (first time that has ever hapened) and I got that fixed, but a week later it reappeared.

Could just be a bad sensor, and it drives ok, but I'm nervous about it.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 07:11:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]

I hope to be there.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 03:36:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I put you on the maybe list, let me know when you know beyond hope that you will be there. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:35:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Regrettably, I will after all not be there on the 12th.

This turns out to be the weekend of my company's yearly get together, and I really should go (not that it's unpleasant to go either).

I have taken the Friday off so that I can be with whoever is around until I have to leave. But no Saturday for me.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Jun 17th, 2009 at 05:40:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Put me up for maybe! I might be in London at the time, but that one is sort of 50 - 50 at the moment. Let you know as soon as I know...

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 06:08:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well I've found my passport, now all I have to do is put the cash together for the exercise.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:16:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, the passport is a good omen!  Maybe if you continue looking you find some money too.:-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:25:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
well I just went to look at prices, and apparently they won't tell me the ticket costs till the tickets for return journeys become available tomorrow. Sunday returns are just outside the available booking window.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:28:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
If eurostar at £60 return to london (can't help to northants) is too steep, try a coach. £33 from first glance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 12:10:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Doubtful or likely on the wife and I, depending on how things go with work, but we're still a maybe.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 05:19:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Barring total economic disaster (which cannot be completely ruled out, but which I judge to be unlikely), I'll be there.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 8th, 2009 at 07:38:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
My finances look fairly pretty right now, so it looks like I'll be there, unless Disasters Happen.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jul 12th, 2009 at 11:44:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sorry for the double post - I'd forgotten that I'd already posted it.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jul 12th, 2009 at 11:47:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hey, that sounds great - and I am sure no disaster will happen. Looking forward to seeing you again. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 12th, 2009 at 11:49:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
yeah, i always wanted to meet you.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Jul 12th, 2009 at 03:48:27 PM EST
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I will most probably be there, too.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 08:42:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great!
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 02:31:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Me too, in fact certainly. I just booked the train.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 04:10:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hey, thats great too! :-D
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 04:12:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I haven't booked the Velib' yet, but I suppose I'll be there, and my wife too.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 09:46:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
it isn't, so I hope you all have a wonderful time together, and I look forward to seeing the pictures of your gathering.
by jjellin on Mon Jul 13th, 2009 at 10:32:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Right...annual leave days sorted and flights booked...the 3 of us will be there!

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Sat Jul 25th, 2009 at 04:38:02 AM EST
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Great!
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 28th, 2009 at 02:19:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Looks like a great meet-up and I would love to attend, but hope to be working for the first time this year and have been hit by $6K for our part of the wife's surgery and now look to be paying $7k for a new roof.  Instead, I am hoping for some work to come in.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jul 30th, 2009 at 01:19:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Too bad. Would have been nice having you there.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jul 30th, 2009 at 01:55:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks for the kind thought, Jake.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jul 30th, 2009 at 03:00:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sorry about all your challenges, would have been so nice to meet you in person. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 31st, 2009 at 03:52:07 AM EST
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...I'd love to meet some of you in person. And the day after my birthday, too.

Maybe next year.

by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Fri Jul 31st, 2009 at 09:08:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
would be nice if you could make it, but hopefully next year will work out. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Aug 1st, 2009 at 03:34:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I really wanted to go to this one, but that same weekend there's a reunion of the reporters and editors I used to work with back when it was a real newspaper.

We're pretty much scattered around the country now, and get-togethers become more rare. So I'll be at that one.

Next year in Paris.

by Mnemosyne on Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 at 10:39:11 PM EST
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Sorry that you won't be able to come to Paris, it is difficult to be at two places at the same time. :-) Hope you enjoy the meetup you are going to.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 6th, 2009 at 10:46:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I like to think I could attempt to be in two places at once, but not if they're on different continents. Have fun! I'll look for the pictures.
by Mnemosyne on Thu Aug 6th, 2009 at 09:56:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ideas and Wishes
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:22:30 AM EST
Cyrille:
I would recommend that one lunch or dinner is spent at les Vendanges (porte d'Orléans) where you get truly awesome food for 35€ (25 if you go for the two courses menu, which I really should do if I don't exercise more until then).
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:25:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
marco:
when i lived in Tokyo, occasionally i attended the Tokyo Pecha Kucha Nights:

What is Pecha Kucha Night?

Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

how about have a EuroTrib Pecha Kucha night (or day) at the Paris meet-up?  we can tweak the requirements (e.g. images optional, different time limits, etc.) as we want, of course.  the main idea is to have a format to elicit interesting talks and discussions in a creative fashion.

(Pecha Kucha nights happen in cities around the world.  if you want to attend one, you can check if your city has them on their website: Pecha Kucha Cities)

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:26:26 AM EST
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LEP:
As for Friday, we could consider visiting the Pere Lachaise cemetary, with a dinner in the Chinatown of the 20th arondissement afterwards. We considered doing that last year but changed our plans for reasons I don't recall, although we certainly had a great dinner in the quartier Mouffetard.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:27:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm flexible about Chinese, but Pere Lachaise is definitely cool!


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:26:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Er... I've been there eight times since january... For the original purpose of the site! But can understand why there are unrelated visits :-)
I'm just a bit worn out over there...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:31:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Loefing:
If this is going to be an East Paris centered meetup, I'd recommend what is probably the least expensive accommodation you can find anywhere in the city:  Hôtel Vicq d'Azir
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:30:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm inviting everybody to a restaurant in my neighborhood, as usual.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 06:37:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm sure Fran won't ask, so on her behalf can somebody Paris-based find out about veggie restaurants in Paris ? We went to one last year but I didn't think it was that good. Or, at least, I've had better.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 09:43:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'll ask around... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 09:57:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks, Helen, this is very considerate of you. I decided that this year I am just coming for the company to Paris and forget about the food and will just stick with salads.

Your right last year, the starter I had was lovely, but the rest... as you said. :-)

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:40:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Les Vendanges is not vegetarian -but has some nice vegetarian dishes.
I must admit that I don't know of a good vegetarian or vegan restaurant -at least by my standards of "good". But they must exist (even though pure vegetarians are extremely rare in France).

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 03:38:31 AM EST
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walked past one today in the 5th. It even has a website: http://www.anada5saveurs.com/ No idea if it's any good.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 05:24:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm not an expert but a big thumbs up for lots of seaweed and tofu.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 22nd, 2009 at 06:02:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
well looks ok, but a bit limited

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 26th, 2009 at 05:21:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I agree, but France, or at least Paris is not a food paradies for vegetariens. Which I find amazing as French chefs tend to be proud about their creativity.

Probably just some ethnic restaurants will provide some better vegetarian food, The easies being Italian.

I found some additional links, one problem with the first, despite a nice menu, they do not serve alcoholic beverages, which is not a problem for me, but anyway...

http://www.saveursvegethalles.fr/
http://www.parisvegetarian.com/
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2008/04/vegetarian_rest_1.html

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 27th, 2009 at 11:26:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Oriental Restaurants: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, & etc. normally have vegetarian options to attract Buddhist patrons.  Indian restaurants also but they are more expensive, at least here in the states.  Mexican restaurants will usually sell a bean burrito platter with the burrito made with vegetable shortening instead of lard -- have to ask.  Various Levant and North African dishes are vegetarian ditto for sub-Saharan African.  Some forms of Jamaican Pepper Pot (Callaloo)  are completely veggie; be prepared to have the top of your head blown off.  ;-)

One thing we've done when going to a restaurant with a large group is to  purchase, in advance, a vegetarian option for them who want one.  We've always told the chef to make what he/she wants, subject to a price limit.  Chefs here in the US get really tired of cranking out 'The Same Old Things' off the menu and enjoy the challenge and creativity of doing something one-off, as it were.  Sitting down at 'off-times' helps clinch the deal.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 28th, 2009 at 12:58:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This and That
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:23:15 AM EST
I have emailed the hotel but they haven't responded yet (4 days). I suspect writing in english is a problem.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:20:10 AM EST
I wrote in English - had no problems with it. Maybe the mail got lost, can happen.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:23:39 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Helen, have you been able to book the room?
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 26th, 2009 at 03:31:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
they still haven't replied.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 27th, 2009 at 02:13:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Did you write to them a second time?

If it still doesn't work send me a copy of your mail and I will send it to them, I have not had any problems with e-mails so far.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 28th, 2009 at 11:23:55 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, they finally replied. I'm booked in as from Thursday through till monday.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:22:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]


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