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April Update: May 20th Paris EuroTribe Meet-up - Join us!

by whataboutbob Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 04:32:56 AM EST

Update: April 6th - 10:30 am MET

See this past diary for good info on Paris:

Going to Paris - Some tourist questions

So here's where we will meet:

When: May 20th, at 1:00pm

Name of Brasserie and Where:

It's called Les Ondes, at 2, av.

de Versailles, Paris 16. It's right by the Maison de

la Radio.

Here's a few hotel suggestions from Jerome, though there are plenty of hotels (and I believe many train/hotel deals can be gotten through the railroads):

There are 3 very close by:

- one trendy, nice, and pretty expensive: Zebra Square

(rue Gros)

- one good, and probably not cheap: Libertel (rue

Félicien David)

- one very cheap for Paris, and decent: Passy Home

(also rue F. David)

or people can go to their favorite haunts in other

parts of Paris. Les Ondes is not too far from the center, and well connected by public transport, but it's not central.

I will post an update of this at the beginning of each month, to keep it in everyone's mind. Really hope a good sized group of us can meet...and I personally really look forward to it!

Some good rail/air and hotel deals can be found now, that have 3 nites for 2 deals, so keep an eye open

Try to come join us...Cheers!


Here's the list of people who are either definite, maybe or thinking about attending, as of March 2nd...anyone else able to join us?:

Jerome

Fran

Whataboutbob

Lil

Colman

Sam

DoDo

Metatone

AgnesAParis

Migeru (Barbara & son)

dvx

gradinski chai

tobysmom

nomad

afew

Melanchthon

tzt

Pewi & wife

Alex in Toulouse

Francois

(Plutonium Page?)

Alex in Toulouse?

Display:
Frantours and Railtours have rail and hotel deals right now that are worth checking out, for any of you who are thinking of coming to Paris and have not made reservations yet.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 04:44:07 AM EST
Oh yes, and is anyone else coming that is not on the list yet?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 04:44:57 AM EST
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We're just taking Saturday night in Paris. Hopefully the Eurostar will behave and drop us off at Gare du Nord at 11h30 on Saturday morning... No hotel yet...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 04:46:37 AM EST
Here once more the Hotel I booked at, though the available rates seem to have doubled since I booked my room.

Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 06:42:10 AM EST
It will work great for us, We have to be in Germany the weekend before, so we will have our annual week of holidays. Somewhere between baptism and Jerome....
by PeWi on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 06:54:25 AM EST
You make "Jerome" sound like the last of sacraments.</snark>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 07:06:25 AM EST
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do sacraments follow  a certain order, like the 10 Commandments ? What would be the last sacrament ?

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:52:53 AM EST
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The last rites, or extreme unction.

And yes, they do follow an order. Baptism, Communion, Confirmation...

I thought you were the Catholic around these parts.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:54:35 AM EST
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I am, but not that much into dogma. The order on the list and the way I dress when I attend the church do not matter. If God does have any clue...
Extreme unction with the holly oils ... this suits Jérôme well.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:57:16 AM EST
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Tsk, tsk, now you have Mr. Dogma at the helm, so you'd better brush up.

You have confessed. Will you commit to mending your ways? Will you do penance? </snark>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:59:15 AM EST
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I thought you knew me better :) I am a poor lonesome cowboy. zut, wrong script...
You said I had confessed, BTW ?
Just so you know, there is a French expression for that : venir à résipiscence

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:41:58 AM EST
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Isn't he?...

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We had already established, that I am not very good at being funny.

by PeWi on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:59:34 AM EST
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What matters is that you have a good sense of humour... IMHO

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:43:03 AM EST
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<blush>
by PeWi on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:53:59 AM EST
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I'll know for sure if I'm coming in the upcoming week or so (there is a super ultra damn good chance I'll come).

Though apparently, as the list suggests I'll be coming with my clone.

by Alex in Toulouse on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 07:20:53 AM EST
Alex, you must come !!! Or Bob will suffer strong retaliation :)

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:53:40 AM EST
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Twice to be sure that you come !

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 09:54:45 AM EST
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I'd love to come, but I have so many outgoings at the moment I don't think I can justify spending the cash. I'll have to see.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 08:12:14 AM EST
I notice the price list of the Hotel Passy Home is dated 2002. Is this one of those timelessly quaint little inns?

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 Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 10:13:28 AM EST
I would like to attend if I can rearrange my schedule.
How do I sign up?
LEP

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:50:14 AM EST
I believe you just did - confirm when you know if you can make it.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:54:56 AM EST
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Is it OK if I bring my 15 year old lyceean son who is becomming political and is very active in the protests against the CPE?

LEP

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:18:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Only if he promises not to burn anything down.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:23:40 PM EST
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He promises. Put me down for two almost definite.
LEP.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:39:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I am now a definite for two.

LEP

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 04:58:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great!
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:14:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Is that 30 people yet?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:26:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Wow, you're actually meeting! I thought the blogosphere was somehow detached from real life, but then I've only been reading blogs since 2 weeks ago. Have you met before?
by Wolke on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 02:10:33 PM EST
A few have met, but most haven't...it ought to be interesting to see if we can figure out the "voices" from the faces...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 05:05:14 PM EST
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Yeah, we should all come incognito!
by PeWi on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 06:41:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'll be taking on an Irish accent just to throw all of you off.
by Alex in Toulouse on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 07:04:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:38:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I guess I'll just have to enter the bar walking on my hands.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:45:26 AM EST
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We'll all do that and you'll be no better off.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:09:27 AM EST
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Consider me "with you in spirit" since there's almost zero chance that I'd be able to make it.

At my family gatherings when I was growing up, we used to take a group photo, with some family members holding photos of other family members who couldn't make it.  Y'all could do the modern version and just Photoshop the rest of us in....

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 02:33:20 PM EST
I'll know for sure soon. Have a sysadmin conference at the same time which I perhaps will attend and perhaps not. Depends. But I would really rather go to Paris..

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 06:24:06 PM EST
I haven't participated to much in this blog.. but since i read it before libe.fr i feel as though i should drop by...

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 06:29:18 PM EST
You are most definitely welcome (and say more about libe.fr...what's it about?)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:10:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
libération is the leading lefty newspaper in France.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:17:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm still planning on being there.  I'll have the American accent and a Canadian flag pin on my purse trying to act as if I am Canadian. Eh.

I am most unhappy my country is not a good World Citizen.  

I guess I need to work on the hotel next.

by tobysmom (tobysmom) on Thu Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:58:40 PM EST
I'm told that trying to pass as Canadian is an even worse offence, when uncovered...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:13:20 AM EST
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Wow...I am jealous. I of course am on the other side of the world and can not attend. On the other hand I am grateful to Internet that I have so many "friends" (and enemies too , ha-ha) all over the world that I don't know personally ( and probably will never have chance to meet  face to face).Interestingly  I spend so much time "talking" to all of you.
9 years ago I used to be a member of the (Serbian) group that had similar thing going for years...I haven't heard of blogs at the time but we tried to make comfortable forum where we can discus ( mostly) Serbian politic. Boy, we had a hard time doing it and after many attempts when it looked almost like a success I just gave up...on Serbian politic and discussion about politic in general. But Iraq war brought me back. I was trying to find people that may see it the way I do and thank God I found Daily Kos and folowed Billmon to MOA and here too. I am getting old and tired and I wish I could give up on it all but I am frustrated and frightened for the future of my children and grandchildren. Otherwise I would buy a property somewhere very far from civilization with no electricity or TV or anything and would finally become nonmaterial "hippy" as I wished when I was young (ha-ha).
About Serbian group of discussants. They lived around the Globe (Canada, USA, Australia, Holland, Germany...you name it and Serbia of course). Most of them were a little bit younger then me (as it is a case here too). They met few times in Belgrade. I never was able (or willing) to go and I met few of them here in Brisbane when they came to visit. Those I met were not exactly what I expected, they were much better in any sense. One even was the "enemy" and we went along so great.
On the other hand those who met in Belgrade (few times) had much more chance to screw things up. Some of them even married each other (and divorced and married another group member, ha-ha), some just divorced (after 20 years of marriage and children) in a hope that they found right person and (relationship) never materialized ...Dreams ( imagination) are very dangerous. So watch it, ha-ha! Some became bitter enemies, some real true friends that see each other regularly...Few of them died...some really young...Life goes on...
I wish you all the best in Paris and hope you'll have a great time together!


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 01:07:50 AM EST
Boy, or better Girl, you are giving a whole new dimension to this meeting. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 01:45:53 AM EST
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We don't yet know what may come out of it...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:12:18 AM EST
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All in a right time!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 08:10:23 AM EST
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you will be with us in spirit, vbo!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:12:51 AM EST
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Thanks.I'll wait for your report.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:47:47 AM EST
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Hey vbo - we are coming to Australia this summer with the children. We should be passing through Brisbane (that's where you are, right?) and definitely try to meet!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:57:14 AM EST
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Of course! You are welcome .I'll show you around and my granddaughter will have a new friends to play! Just e- mail me at the right time. Is that European summer or summer down under?

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 08:09:07 AM EST
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August.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 08:10:43 AM EST
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OK. It's actually the end of the winter here but it's nothing like winter you know. In a second part of august here in Brisbane it's getting wormer and it's like late May in Belgrade or summer in Sweden (or UK) ha-ha. Tourist swim at the see or swimming pools practically all winter and yes it's not that cold but we wouldn't do that now. We are spoiled with the other 9 months of tropical weather, ha-ha fell in love with Brisbane at "first sight" and the area (Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) is paradise for tourists. You will definitely find it cheep here comparing to Paris. I remember when my daughters came back from Paris (and Europe) in 1998 and landed to Sydney first. Oh boy they found it so cheep.  I'll be happy to see you all, really.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:41:04 AM EST
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What would you say if all the students from the American University in Bulgaria decided to join the meeting;-)?

Or maybe the ones who get the best grades in the gradinski chai's course get a trip to Paris from their professor as a reward for their brilliant performance;-)?

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde

by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:38:00 PM EST
That would be great!
But reassure me by saying that no one in the group likes bobsleigh.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:39:23 PM EST
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We're actually all members of another community, not a virtual one though. It is called "Bulgarian bobsleigh fan club". We are all very involved...sorry:-).

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:45:47 PM EST
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Well, that would be great, it would bring the attendance number to about 40.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:42:13 PM EST
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...and my financial resources below zero;-).

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:43:54 PM EST
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Little L: You and many of your classmates have really contributed a lot of fantastic pieces to Euro Trib...hope you keep contributing after the class is over! And it would be great if your class could join us...you certainly are welcomed!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 09:11:58 AM EST
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I fully agree with WaB.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 09:16:16 AM EST
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Thank you! You've all been very nice, and I learned a lot from you, reading your diaries and responses. I personally would love to come to Paris, which is a great city I would certainly love to visit again, but I won't be able to make it. But I promise I will continue to write and read the European Tribune after the end of the semester. I am already addicted to it anyways;-).

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 09:35:04 AM EST
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So, what about tyhe logistics of the meetup?

Are we going to have name tags saying "Hello I am <login>"?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:56:19 PM EST
Also, so as not to put me at a disadvantage, it would be a sign of solidarity if everyone could wear shorts and tongs.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:58:34 PM EST
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With hijab.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:09:14 PM EST
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We should all wear burqas like Michael Jackson.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:23:51 PM EST
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Your niqab is in the mail.  I've sent you enough for everyone.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 06:07:08 AM EST
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I will remain incognito, but still dressed in black:



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:57:53 AM EST
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I will try to wear my Kos tee shirt and jeans or shorts with that canadian flag pin.

I have friends who have been saying they are Canadian when they travel every since Bu$h invaded Iraq.

by tobysmom (tobysmom) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 02:10:53 PM EST


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