Here are the details for the Paris meet-up if you’re in the area and would like to hang out for a couple hours.
Date: Sunday, Aug 7, 2011
Time: 19:00 (7:00pm)
Location: Jardin des Tuileries (near the Louvre) at this exact location. There’s a fountain on the east side of the garden, and we’ll be meeting to the west of that fountain, next to the statue of the guy who’s missing a key male body part.
Metro: If you’re arriving by Metro, the closest stations are Tuileries and Palais Royal / Musée du Louvre.
There are lots of green chairs throughout the gardens, especially at this location, so we should be able to carve out a spot. I walked past that location 24 hours before the meet-up time, and there was virtually no one there.
If for some reason our selected location is unavailable, just look for us nearby.
The weather should be cool with a small chance of rain, so hopefully it won’t rain on us. I’ll be there no matter what though. The weather for the rest of our visit looks like it will be off-and-on rainy much of the time, so one day seems as good as any other, and I figure that the weekend would be better for most people. There are some trees nearby to provide cover from the rain.
The reason I didn’t go with an indoor location is that we never know how many people will attend these meet-ups since there’s no RSVPing in advance. In the past we’ve gotten anywhere from 12 to 40, and if lots of people show up, then we risk overwhelming an indoor spot. The gardens should be really nice if we can dodge the rain.
Worst-case, if we end up caught in a downpour, we’ll hang out till about 19:20 to wait for any stragglers, and then we’ll duck into the Carousel shops area below the Louvre grounds. So if it’s raining, try to get to our meet-up spot before 19:20 at the latest; otherwise go down the stairs by the Carousel Arc, and look for us down there somewhere… but good luck finding us because it’s a huge place.
There’s no structure for these meet-ups. We just casually hang out and chat with whomever shows up. Please be aware that my French is pretty limited though, although I can speak English and Franglais fairly well.
Usually we hang out for about 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how many people show up.
This is the first European meet-up I’ve ever done, so I’m really looking forward to it. Rachelle will be there too.