Official Visits, Paris Plage
Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
14Trip End Aug 02, 2008
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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
These days were law related visits. Monday I went to a law firm reception called Paul Hastings. One of the lawyers gave really good advice about how to orient your career, but the tour was a little disorganized and the food was ok. It was a nice gesture though. Afterwards, a big group of us went to get food somewhere. Because we were such a big group we ended up splitting off at some point in the night; but in the end I ate a really nice restaurant with Jen, Serena, Conrad, Jon, Stephany, Jeff, Abel. As we were finishing up our meal these two transvestites came into the restaurant and gave us flyers for someting called "Desperate Banana Men"
Wednesday we went to the Assemblee Nationale. Wore the heels again and wanted to die. We couldn't take pictures of the inside because it was in session, so I took the liberty of making a mental note. The seats are covered in red velvet and arranged in a semi circle. We sat in the balcony looking down. Although it was technically in session there was no one there. Then we visited the private meeting rooms of the President of the national assembly. VERY swank. The members of the national assembly are elected by the people. Afterward Jen, Conrad and I walked to the Tuileries, and Jen and I went up the Ferris Wheel which had amazing views of Paris. You can see Montmatre and how elevated it is.
Thursday we went to the Senate. The chamber seemed much more ornate, but the Senate is a much more conservative (and thus less interesting to the French) body as they are indirectly elected. No commies here. We visited the Senate library and this huge hall where there was a copy of the constitution. After the Senate, we (Jen, Conrad and I) went to Paris Plage to meet up with everyone else and sat in these giant public hammocks and ate baguettes with cheese and wine. It was the perfect day, yet again. I realize I am happiest when picnicking. We stayed until 10 PM then went home. We walked through Ile de la Cite to Cluny-La Sorbonne (St. Michel) and the street was bustling with buskers and demonstrators and cafe goers, it was so lovely.