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Last Dental Tango in Paris

November 28th, 2013

 

The title is provocative….The ADF expo in Paris, held always at the end of November, is usually the last of the major exhibitions to be held in Europe in the year.

It is held at the Palais de Congrès at Porte Maillot, one of the last ‘of it’s kind’.

The old among you will surely remember trade shows held in venues full of corridors, side rooms, extra halls and on several floors.

In the States, hotels used to be popular venues, such as the Conrad Hilton in Chicago of the New York Hilton.

Now, theoretically, no exhibitor can complain that he has not been treated fairly; hals are as symmetrical as can be.

But here is Paris, it’s still the old system. Very little symmetry, 4 floors, some stands in strange corridors.

And don’t think there are no complaints; there ARE. But it won’t change anything. (Remember, France is one of the only ‘modern countries’ with no dental hygienists).

So why do I love this meeting? Well, this has been traditionally an ‘international’ show; here you meet those you want to meet – and some…

And why do they come to Paris? Because Paris is a great city. Take it from me, an Englishman.

You’ve seen all the classical views of Paris – thanks to Marlon Brando and Woody Allen. Here’s a few more images…of the La Défense area, where my hotel is located.

A ‘good view of Paris’ in partly possible because, in the city, there is only 1 skyscraper – in Montparnasse. By clever design and planning, the high office buildings etc. are all in La Défense, and that makes them magnificent. Intermingled among them are examples of fine art sculptures….

Thumbs up to the architects..

Paris at Christmas is lovely. I hope to see more before I leave again..

Paris at Christmas is lovely. I hope to see more before I leave again..

In the morning, the office workers arrive – hardly noticing La Grande Arche and the partial face..and when I catch the Metro – I am quite clearly ‘against the flow’.

Just a reminder that the fantastic ‘Grande Arche’ is a stunning office building, located in a straight line that divides Paris perfectly. First, you go past the Bois de Boulogne and the Ave. Neuilly, past Porte Maillot (and this expo), travelling along the Ave. de la Grande Armée to the Arc de Triomphe. The straight line continues along the Ave. Champs Elysées, past the famous Fouquet to the Place de la Concorde, with that special obelisk in the middle. Continuing along the Tuileries Gradens, you hit the Louvre in all its glory.

One straight line….

Only in Paris…

Smile – Promote your dentist

 

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