Celebrating with L'Oreal!
However, all has not gone according to plan. Since I knewIâd be in Paris for LâOrÃ©alâs big event, I took the opportunity to spend the weekend in this amazing city with my fiancÃ©. Here, you can see me getting ready to enjoy some of Paris' amazing strawberries that are currently in season!
After a couple days of sight seeing, we headed over to the Westin on Saturday morning to check in for the event. As we drew closer to the hotel, I was people watching out the car window through the Paris drizzle and spotted actress Mary Louise Parker darting across the street. Her hair was very longâshe had it pulled back and wore thick-framed black glasses, so I almost didnât realize it was her.
We had a warm welcome from the people at LâOrÃ©al, but not so much from the staff at the Westin. In fact, not at all. They were on strike.
Apparently, this is quite common in France. In fact, our driver from the airport told us all about the striking problem. Little did we know it would affect us!
Fortunately, the LâOrÃ©al staff were somehow able to secure another hotel and get everyone over to the new location. We werenât the only ones put out. President Obama and Mrs. Obama were also staying at the Westin for their weekend in Paris after visiting Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day.
Iâm assuming the Secret Service found another place for the Obamas to stay. But that wasnât the last of the Obamas for us. Later in the day, we took the Metro to the Notre Dame. We had a quick bite at a cafÃ© and then headed over to the cathedral to see it before it closed. Guess who else was going to see it? Thatâs right, the whole place was barricaded so we couldnât get near it. We did hang out for a while to see the Presidentâs motorcade thoughâwhat a circus. There were snipers at the top of buildings, a helicopter, police everywhere, bomb-sniffing dogs, Secret Servicemenâyou name it. Here's a shot of Notre Dame all blocked off for the president's arrival!
We didnât get to see the inside of Notre Dame. Trying again tomorrow!