27 January - 1 February 2004
A trip to Paris in mid-winter. It was more a case of a city at work than tourists at play, as the weather veered between bitterly cold sunshine and wind, rain and snow. Famous Parisian buildings such as the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame were in the throes of refurbishment, whilst the Eiffel Tower celebrated the Chinese New Year in eyecatching fashion. Indeed, the Chinese President made a state visit, causing numerous roads to be shut as his motorcade swept along the Latin Quarter.