Sometimes work has its benefits. Like getting to visit countries and cities en route to business meetings. I dread the day that telepresence technology makes obselete going places in person for business. But until that happens I plan on making the most out of work trips.
We took an early Eurostar from St Pancras International in to the Gare du Nord to begin a long day of work.
Working Remote in Paris
The first thing to do when arriving in a new city to work is to find out where the best coffee shops and cafes are where you are permitted to sit for several hours at a time. I found the perfect business for this. Enter Anticafe.
Anticafe is a place where you pay by the hour for unlimited coffee, pastries, snacks and wifi. The cost is 5 euro per hour. When in Paris there is a location right next to the Louvre which is ideal if you have a hotel nearby.
This sort of place is the future of shared space coworking and has taken off in the past few years across Europe. It was a quiet atmosphere during the morning to afternoon but also had tables reserved for sessions later in the day where I imagine it got a bit more lively.
After a day of working in another country one of the best things to do is get out and see the area. So after I wrapped up for the day we went out to see Paris.
Fête des Tuileries
It just so happens that the business trip was scheduled during the annual summer fair in the Tuileries Garden. This small fair is in a large garden just west of the Louvre Museum and offers a very unusual way to see the city. The massive, spinning, claw-machine type centroid to which you and dozens of others’ seats are attached to, spins you in circles high above the ground and is a dizzying way to get to see miles in every direction.
Speaking of views there is one place we had to make sure to visit because the last time we were in Paris, we had found out about it on our last day. Printemps is a Macy’s type department store but on top of the building is a restaurant/bar with stunning views of the city.
They don’t seem to care if you go up just to grab a photo and if you go in the morning you can avoid pretty much any crowd because they haven’t started serving food or drinks yet.
Of course, like everything in life, the diversion comes to an end and you’re there for the reason that called you.