Monday, May 27
We were greeted at the airport by a driver who was more than happy to show us around Paris before dropping us off for a cruise up and down the Seine River. Throughout the hour-long river cruise we saw Notre Dame, Parliament, the Eiffel Tower and so much more. We were lucky enough to find seats along the side of the boat, all facing the water, which give us the perfect view. An added delight were the radios attached to each seat.  The recording told us the history and significance of each building or monument as we passed by. After the river cruise we settled in to our hotel, Le Meridian.  It was then time to walk around the nearby streets to familiarize ourselves with the area.  We soon realized that our hotel was in the perfect location, only a short walk or cab ride to the Eiffel Tower and many other tourist friendly areas. After a couple hours of shopping and sight seeing we relaxed at a local restaurant and enjoyed a lovely dinner, mostly consisting of pasta.  All of the traveling and early morning flights had finally caught up to us, so we called it an early night.

Tuesday, May 28
After much needed rest, we were ready to take on Paris.  On our half day tour of Paris we were able to stop at the Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's Tomb, Notre Dame, the Lourve, and Moulin Rouge.  In addition we passed by the le Petit Palais, San River, French Parliament, Pont de l'Archevêché, Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Palace and much more. At the end of the tour we were dropped off at Montmartre, an area that overlooks Paris. The view from the top was absolutely breath-taking. While there we saw the Saint Pierre de Montmartre, got charcoal portraits on the street, walked through a festival, and enjoyed a delicious lunch and our first nutella crepes.  We then used the metro to find our way back to the hotel.  We spent the rest of the evening at an italian style restaurant before heading over to see the Eiffel Tower lit up after sunset.

Wednesday, May 29
We meet with Lionel Benatlia, consultant senior, and Lorie Lichtlen, director corporate/financial, at Burson-Marsteller in Paris.  During the briefing we talked about B-M's evidence-based communication and thought leadership strategies.  Lionel spoke with us about public affairs and the three-part method of image, mobilization, and influence.  He then spoke with us about his passion, crisis communication.  According to Lionel the stages of crisis communication are emotional, rational, and controversy.  He believes they need to remain in this order and not mix or skip, because if they do it can cause even bigger problems than those already present.  After the briefing we were off to the Paris Nord train station for a two and a half hour train ride to London.

~Katie Casey

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