Friday, 10 October 2008
Paris - Day 3 - Evening
On day three in Paris we said a sad farewell to our gracious hosts and la péniche magnifique and excitedly 'ripped' across town to the wonderful ninth arrondissement on the Right Bank. Here one finds not only the Boulevard Haussmann, the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and the business centre of Paris, located around the Opéra; - but far more importantly the home and headquarters of the man who has made all things possible; the man who has brought 700 photo-bloggers together into one big, boisterous and bubbling blog-family.
My brain was burning and Madame was grinning the grin of all pussy-cats, in one big happy face as we stopped the car on the Boulevarde Monmartre and tumbled and dashed along the Passage Jouffroy, to our hotel.
We booked in, and hopped in the lift to the 4th floor.
These 'ascenseurs parisiens' were designed for skinny people with no luggage and after a few round trips we were safely ensconced..... ....but WHAT is that enormous, beautifully gift-wrapped box ?
Madame beat me to the handwritten card and delicately tore it from its envelope.
It was from Eric. We were simply blown away !
We were about to enter the sanctum of the Daily Photo world and the side of Paris we had dreamed of......