’The wine is amazing and so is the food - I can’t stop looking in
patisseries,’ confesses Charlotte Moore, ad sales executive with the
Wall Street Journal Europe. ’Last time I was in France, as a student, I
put on two stone and I can see the same thing happening again.’
But there’s more to Paris than booze and cakes. ’It’s beautiful - you
can see why it’s known as the City of Light. To celebrate the
millennium, the Eiffel Tower is lit up each night.
’Compared with London, it’s a relatively easy place to get around. The
Metro’s great - you don’t get squashed under people’s armpits. I brought
my car here and everyone thought I was mad. All vehicles seem to be
bashed and dented. I can see why: when drivers are trying to park, they
shunt the car in front out of the way and squeeze into the space.
’The office is in the eighth arrondissement just off the Champs Elysees.
Everyone’s very chic and beautifully dressed. I live in the 15th and
when taking a taxi home the other day, the driver said: ’I hate the
people who live here, they’re so bourgeois.’ Parisians can be quite
frank at times.
’Although the pace of business seems much more relaxed than London -
probably because the city is smaller - the people are still extremely
professional. The Parisians have a reputation for being cold and distant
to strangers but I have found them to be very friendly.’