February | March | June | August | September/October
Talk about a dream project . . .
YES it would be a lot of work.
YES it would involve tons of hours pouring over details and plans.
YES it would have stress trying to be sure everything was right for the 600 plus guests coming together for three-days from over 30 countries.
YES it would involve lots of time in airports, in taxis, in meetings.
but it would be taking place in PARIS, so YES... a dream of a project.
Thank you Columbia Alumni Association!
It is hard to believe that over a quarter a century ago I came to Paris as a student at the American University of Paris (AUP, then known as the American Collage in Paris = ACP). What a great chance to really re-explore the city.
Karen Sendler on our first trip in February 2007... a cold and wet night but the city still glows in light.
Once the office of TWA Airlines, now transformed into the ultra luxurious Louis Vuitton flagship store.
One of the greatest highlights of exploring PARIS in 2007 was seeing the beauty of the new Louis Vuitton store on the Avenue des Champs Elysees. Here looking upwards in the atrium - which is almost a hidden space up a set of stairs and displaying luggage... then suddenly you look upwards to an awl inspiring sculptural experience.
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All our visits revolved around seeing or spotting two key sites -
(1) the Arc de Triomphe as our consutlants at Publicis Consultants / Publicis Events are based near to the Arc on the Avenue des Champs Elysees in the building with the famous DRUGSTORE which is a drugstore, chic restaurant, newsstand, food hall, bookstore, wine shop... you name it.
(2) the Eiffel Tower, often the most recognizable symbol of Paris... and it would be a key element in the logo of our conference as well.
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Below: seen on the Avenue George V concealing construction and building renovations, is an amazingly fanciful and cleaver covering...
On our March trip we had part of a weekend to enjoy and ventured outside of town... down to Vaux Le Vicomte.
The chateaux is surrounded by a romantic moat - here a view of the stables.
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As the grounds are extensive, they have provided golf carts for rental to enjoy and venture around. This was opening day of 2007 and the only people riding the walkways that afternoon.
Karen and Birch bundled up - it was so cool/cold, we'd earlier gone in Paris to buy scraves, hats and gloves.
The grand waterway.
For the carts, the only way from one side to the other - was through the shallow water (the sign said so...).
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The February and March trips were focused on site visits for both our big events plus planned school-based cocktail receptions. It was great to get to explore a twenty or more of sites as possible venues - many not typically open to the public.
Fouquets - one of the most famous of all cafe / bistros. And the future site of a reception for the Business and Law Schools.
A car of the future? This prototype Toyota vehicle in a showroom window on the Champs Elysees.
Le Petit Palais - one possible site for the big Saturday night party.
Christophe Knox, Karen Sendler and Delphine Dahan walking the halls chatting about opportunities for a party.
The giant tri-color flag flies to Commemorate June 18th - Free French Forces. This photo has been stylized a bit using PhotoShop.