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Today I was in Paris.

I travelled on Eurostar – leaving from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord.

I arrived – and there were no taxis available – and a queue of several hundred people waiting. I resorted to diving into the Metro to travel across to the Novell office in the west of the city – near La Defense.

Turned out there was a strike on the RER – and some RER commuter trains were not running through Paris.

One benefit of taking the Metro is to ogle the timeless 1950’s design of some of the metro stations; Franklin D Roosevelt is one of my favourites – orange, silver and harsh lines; with delightful, gallic station names.

A good set of meetings with customers and partners – this is the first time back in Paris for a few years.

At the end of the day out to Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle – again major delays because ofthe SNCF strike – I have never seen people so crammed into a train.