HUB’s Office Manager spent a long weekend in a soggy Paris. Despite the swollen Seine – the river was at its highest level in 35 years – the city was as beautiful as ever. A statue of a Zouave soldier on Pont d’Alma acts as a gauge to rising water levels. When water reaches the soldier’s feet, the river is closed. The flood of 1910 saw his shoulders covered. Recently it has been up to his waist. Sadly the Louvre was closed to allow for precious artworks to be moved to safety. That will have to wait until another visit.
It was lovely to see a city that embraces its historic buildings alongside modern architecture – you get glimpses in places like the Montparnasse Tower and La Grande Arche de la Défense – but the heart of the city is historic and totally breathtaking.