Monday, October 1, 2007

Touchdown in Paris

After a long but uneventful flight, we landed early this morning in Paris. It took forever to get our luggage because the conveyor belt at the airport broke down. But amazingly, Delta did indeed open up the luggage compartment on our plane as it was leaving the gate at JFK and put our bags aboard (see my earlier posting).

Autodesk had a car and driver waiting for us when our luggage finally did arrive. Morning rush-hour traffic made it a long drive from the airport into central Paris. We got quite a tour of the Paris suburbs. We didn't get to the hotel until nearly 10am. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we went to the hotel restaurant along with my former co-workers at Cyon Research, Joel Orr, Brad Holtz, and Rachael Taggart, who had also just arrived. By the time we finished breakfast, our room was ready.

We paid a bit more to upgrade our room to the executive level. That got us a much larger room, free Internet, a full breakfast, and drinks in the evening. This will work well since Genny won't be having breakfast with the Autodesk folks in the morning, and our room is now large enough to entertain people in the evening.

We're going to grab a few hours of sleep and then go out for a walk to get situated. More later.

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