The D&O Diary’s European assignment continued last week with a long weekend stopover in the French capital city of Paris. February is not the month usually associated with the French city’s romantic image, but the weather was not too bad and it turned out to be a fine time for a visit.
There were two primary purposes for our visit. The first was to attend the Van Gogh exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay and the second was to attend the Opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on Friday evening. Both events far exceeded expectations.
Our Paris tour also included visits to several lesser-know museums in the city. For example, on the recommendation of a work colleague, we visited the Musée National de la Marine, which is located in the Palais de Chaillot, across the river from the Eiffel Tower.
We also went to several smaller art museums throughout the city. Among Paris’s many great treasures are these numerous small little jewel box museums, many of which are full of unexpected delights.
The only bad part about visiting Paris is that eventually you have to leave — in my case, to go back to London for the event that had been postponed from the week before. But we did establish, as if there were any doubt, that even in February, Paris is still Paris.