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Given that I'm in somewhat of a pinch income-wise, I would probably have to accept a kind offer to sleep on someone's sofa if I want to go to Paris for more than just a day trip (wink, wink).

Given the short notice to make eurostar reservations, for me to get to Paris on the 11/12 and meet redstar would cost me over 300 pounds, so I'll pass, unfortunately :-(

I can manage the day trip (in early and out late on the 4th of May) for 124 pounds.

Given who is "certain" to attend, maybe LEP and Geezer could propose a plan?

Or are we having lunch at the brasserie under Jérôme's flat, as usual?

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 05:47:39 AM EST
Have you checked flights ?

Anyway, I'm happy to lead a short-ish pub crawl if there's any interest. However there's really not that much to gladden the tongue in Paris that won't be more cheaply and plentifully available in Brussels in June(yes I know Brussels is expensive).

So I'll do some research and see if I can find a couple of places that do a range of decent artisinale ales ie small French brewers (I know of one so far) to make a change from the more normal fare.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 07:54:29 AM EST
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one good pint is always welcome, but two is my limit. My crawling days are long-gone.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 12:45:46 PM EST
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Dinner would be far more convenient than lunch for me (in fact lunch might not be possible at all), but as for hosting you, well yes that would be possible.

Well, technically I'll have to ask my wife but I pretty much know the answer.

Now, from your post I'm not sure whether you'd want that or would rather do a day trip, but at least you'd have the choice.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 07:55:35 AM EST
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I just arrived in Washington last night (for 3 weeks), but I'm sure I can find a way to put you up in my Paris place, even if we have to rearrange the furniture.

Are we speaking Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch?

estHer said to me a few months ago that she would like to attend an ET meet up but I'll have to see if that still holds. Adolescents' desires change like the wind.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 09:28:43 AM EST
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Could be.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 12:43:08 PM EST
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LEP:
Are we speaking Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch?
Can we have some sort of decision on this? I'd like to reserve Eurostar tickets ASAP so they don't get too expensive, and that's a Bank Holiday weekend.

Cyrille said he probably can't make Sunday Lunch. Can he make Saturday Dinner?

Should the plan be Sunday Dinner and Monday Lunch?

Someone please make a decision on the "official" programme soon :-) There can always be side events organised after people say when they're going to arrive and depart Paris.

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 1st, 2008 at 06:47:37 AM EST
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How are you reserving Eurostar ? All of the cheap-ish tickets are gone.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 1st, 2008 at 08:06:30 AM EST
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I can manage a day trip for 129 quid, 144 for Saturday to Sunday and 194 for Sunday to Monday. But the cheap Sunday morning tickets are nearly all sold out. Which is why.

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 1st, 2008 at 08:23:23 AM EST
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I can be available anytime and I can easily find a place if we're not more than 30. I'm thinking of the place where we had last year's Friday meetup, Chez Pradel. The price was very reasonable for a presentable buffet, and the bill only adds up if we consume lot of wine, as we did last year.

Why don't you make the decision Miguel and I can make the arrangements when I get back on the 22nd. I can even call them from here if I can find the phone number.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Tue Apr 1st, 2008 at 08:48:18 AM EST
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Well, we are talking about the first weekend in May, aren't we?

If yes, then it's a 4 days weekend for most (Thursday being bank holiday, everyone will have Friday off).
And I haven't had holidays since the summer, except for a week at Christmas, and my wife has been talking about going somewhere for a weekend for quite a while now. Which is to say we may use the 4 days that way, and frankly I wouldn't veto that. So Saturday dinner would be the same problem as Sunday lunch. OK if we don't leave after all, not OK otherwise.

That said, even if we're away we can host someone so that could save a bit for you Migeru, and definetely we could be back for Sunday dinner, or Monday lunch if it's not too far from where I (and Jérôme) work.

Hope that helps.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 03:57:13 AM EST
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for the book fair, would've been easier. i've now back out of that engagement though...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Mon Mar 31st, 2008 at 01:38:52 PM EST
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