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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Monday, January 19, 2004

I'm writing this from beneath the English channel. Above us only water. We are on our way home from three fantastic days in Paris. The hotel Bel-Ami in St Germain-des-Pres was everything we hoped it would be and more: welcoming, accommodating, central and chic. I can unreservedly recommend it if you are planning a trip to Paris.

Saturday night's birthday party destination of the Buddha Bar was rather more of a qualified success however. The place was great - albeit rather dark. But the food and the service was a tad disappointing; and squeezing fourteen of us on to one circular table was a bit of a mistake. The company more than made up for any short-comings though. Marcus has a great bunch of friends and we had a scream.

And thanks to David for tipping us off to the fact that Andy and Kevin happened to be in Paris at the same time as us. We met up with them for drinks, food, sleaze and sight-seeing over the weekend and it was great fun to spend time with them both.

I think Marky enjoyed himself too - his first proper trip to Paris. It came at an opportune moment too. He's just finished his dissertation and he needed a break.

So all in all we had a great time and are both looking forward to a return visit to Gay Paree soon.

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