My week in Paris in pictures

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This is the Google office in Paris. One thing I can tell you about Paris is they don’t skimp on stateliness. I’ve been here for a week, and I don’t think I’ve seen one building yet that is anything below regal. IMG_20170322_092412.jpg

At one point, Jeff, Kevin, and I were struggling to find a free conference room to meet in, so we were forced to meet in this ballroom. I know. Ridiculous, right? I mean, why would you force employees to get together in such a hovel and not, at the very least, provide butlers to keep refreshments coming for everyone? Come on, Paris, get it together!

IMG_20170324_151147.vr.jpgMy second night in town, I came across this bit of graffiti. It’s not the news that fake – it’s just the Times.


They keep this little church nestled on the hilltop. It’s an out-of-the-way place you might miss if you didn’t know to look for it. They call is Sacre Coeur, which is French for something.

IMG_20170320_204817.jpgIMG_20170320_211707.jpgDon’t bother trying to find it. It’s a real insiders-only destination. IMG_20170320_205315-EFFECTS.jpg

The third night in town, I went out to eat with my CaTs teammates and the engineering team at a place that served giant hunks of beef. I mean, yes, we took exception to being called giant hunks of beef, but I understand that objectification is a little less frowned upon here.IMG_20170321_203134.jpgIMG_20170321_203124.jpgIMG_20170321_203005.jpgIMG_20170321_203000.jpgOn day four, since we knew we had a late meeting, Jeff, Kevin, and I spent the morning taking in the sights. I just couldn’t get over the way there were beautiful things in every nook and cranny. In a perfect world, the eyes on this portrait would slide away and be replaced with real eyes, Scooby-Doo style.IMG_20170323_101909.jpgHonestly, it’s like they have so many beautiful things in Paris, they can just leave them sitting around in the middle of the road. IMG_20170323_101326.jpg

But then even the middle of the road, itself, is a beautiful thing.


We visited the Musée des arts et métiers, a really cool 200-year-old museum dedicated to showcasing the history of science and technology. I was profoundly moved by some of the ancient devices I saw, and I’m sure that the kids who were being shown a VCR and having the way the VCR worked explained to them felt just as humbled by that as I was by this ancient computer. Fact: There is a picture of me next to a Minidisc, which I still think should’ve been the future.








Imagine if this were your evening’s entertainment. “SPIN IT AGAIN!” I’m sure there was someone who was trying to figure out how to create a pre-roll ad.IMG_20170323_111828.jpg

The last night in town, Kevin took me to see a hottie from my past. She, my wife, and I spent many nights together. It was the turn of the century, and we were young, open-minded, and willing to read subtitles.


This was a French comedy, so we’re still trying to figure it out.IMG_20170324_195541.jpg

It’s been a pretty great trip. You’re not so bad, Paris. I’ve got one more day, so I’m going to try to get out and see some more cool things before I go.