Monday, June 18, 2007

Back in the 'City of Light'

Came to Paris on a week-long official trip yesterday, and found the city to be very mesmerising. As usual!

One of the must-do things on my Trips to Paris is a hike up the Montmartre to visit the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. I like the short climb up the hill and getting rewarded with panoramic views of Paris and the serenity of the majestic cathedral with its huge and hollow white dome. Unlike my earlier visits, this time it was drizzling and it made for a different experience.

This time I found out that the trip to Sacré Cœur could be financially lucrative as well. I bought a memorial gold medallion from a vending machine by paying 2€. A German man saw me do so, and asked me if I have another 2€ coin to spare for him to buy the same memento. I gave him the last coin I had, and he gave me a 5€ note!!

Thats a whopping 150% rate of return per (let's say) 10 seconds. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all investments give atleast 0.001 % of this kind of return! On refusing to accept the 5€ note for the 2€ coin, the entire family pitched in to pay me 2€ in change, telling me "Now you can sleep in peace"

Found out that the guy had worked in India (Gujarat) for ABB and had stayed there for 9 months.

June 21 is a special day in France. The whole country resonates with music emanating from thousands of concerts at public places during the La fête de la musique

Found out from a few of my colleagues that Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham is a super-hit in France and is more famous as La Famille Indienne

The trip inspired me to re-invigorate my efforts at learning French Language (oui, I am a closet Francophile ) and that lead to the creation of 2bfrancaise blog

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