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Fish off the Pont

When I first assumed European responsibilities, but before I had relocated to France, I remember working with a senior team member on a project proposal. He looked at the timeline, and shook his head. "There are many holidays in May for France. It will be very, very difficult to get anything done."

Now I know about Lundi de Pâques/Fête du Travail/Fête de la Victoire/Ascension/Lundi de Pentecôte, about the Pont, and above all the French pastime of connecting islands of holiday into a three week vacance, like a working man's version of Go.

But what if you find yourself in Paris in May, alone in the office, taking calls from the United States, doing the jobs of three of your colleagues? You go to dinner. At a restaurant that doesn't take reservations. Because you are the only one left in Paris.

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  • Nathalie C

    Another winner organized by Richard! The waiter was a bit bossy (opinionated?) but guided us in the right direction in terms of balancing the variety and portion sizes of all the dishes selected for the group. The winner for me was the eel-burger (wow!) and the ray. You could definitely see the "Septime stamp" in the dishes...a lot of thought was given to each and every ingredient in the plate (even the types of salads and sprouts were unusual but worked well). Definitely recommended, but the no rez policy is a's a good thing we went on the eve of a "pont" (the place was still packed though). And, of course, a fun group as always (though the down-side of the "Septime stamp" is that is it extremely noisy in there, just like next door). Merci Richard (and our hot waiter!)

    May 1, 2014

  • Jo N

    There was a mermaid, flying fork, exploding hot sauce, even saucier waiter, urchins, oysters, razor clams, scallops, eel, octopus, tuna and other creatures that used to swim in the sea. Desserts and company were wonderful. Another marvelous meal and evening.

    May 1, 2014

  • Ganit

    Great dinner with an excellent company! Loved the assertive waiter… probably part of the concept :)
    And truly am sorry for spilling the red-pepper sauce TWICE…

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Kevin

    Lovely evening, great company

    April 30, 2014

  • Caroline L.

    Had a great time meeting some lovely new folks. Thanks for organizing Richard and Nathalie!

    April 30, 2014

  • Kevin

    Richard - running a little late - should make it before 7.45 ...

    April 30, 2014

  • Sandrine

    Hi, Well, this seems like the perfect time to join your meet up! I'd love to there is so room for a new comer! Cheers and hope to meet you soon :)

    April 27, 2014

  • Nicolette

    I am leaving for two weeks in the US the next morning so will need to stay home packing! Enjoy!!

    April 25, 2014

  • Ganit

    You also forgot to mention that between the "ponts" the French employees are also using their RTT days therefore... May doesn't qualify as a working month :)

    April 25, 2014

  • Lisette

    I wasted no time in adopting French vacation habits, so malheuresment, I will be out of town and will miss this lovely event! Too bad, as I've been wanting to go there for a while. Enjoy!

    April 25, 2014

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