The Metro, Paris' underground public transport system, has 14
different lines serving more than 300 stations.
On a recent visit to the City of Light, Insider got on at,
stopped at, transferred at, connected at or passed by more than
half of these stations, according to her calculations.
Although signage, cleanliness, lighting, platform space and map
sizes at each station were uniformly excellent, two stations in
particular were artistic standouts.
Each reflected either an historic event or a main attraction. If
Insider ran the world, she would see to it that awards were handed
out for Paris' Most Visually Pleasing Metro Stations.
The envelope, please:Bastille. The vibrantly painted tiles depict dramatic scenes of
the uprising of Parisians in 1789 and the storming of the Bastille
prison.Concorde. Each of the white wall tiles at this station contains
a blue capital letter.
Although the tiles march in straight lines on the walls and over
the ceiling, their placement seems random at first glance.
Ah, mais non! Look carefully. The letters taken in
order form a word or phrase appropriate to the Place de la Concorde
above, scene of hundreds of executions during the Reign of Terror
in the 1790s.
Aside from the historic and cultural benefits of traveling on
the Metro, that mode of transport eliminates any need for a visitor
to drive a car within the city limits of Paris.
It's a no-brainer.
The annual Caribbean hotel conference in Cancun produced some
memorable quotes from industry execs.
In his final speech as president of the Caribbean Hotel
Association, Ed Malone suggested that hoteliers on each island
"spend at least one less day on the golf course each month to
dedicate to your industry's future."
"Your [golf] handicap may go up, but our industry and your
business will be enhanced by your renewed interest," Malone
During a workshop session, Ralph Taylor, CHA's new leader and
chairman of Almond Beach Resorts in Barbados and Jamaica, discussed
the role played by inclusive resorts in the region.
"Some resorts are inclusive, some resorts are partly inclusive
and some resorts just don't know what they are," he said.
At an Air Jamaica press lunch, Allen Chastanet, vice president
of marketing and sales for the airline, stood up between the soup
and salad courses to talk about market share.
He looked at the media who were slurping, sipping and
"Go ahead and eat," Chastanet said. "I'm quite accustomed to
people ignoring me."
The man knew his audience.
In a Washington talk to the National Academy Foundation,
including a lot of teachers and sponsors of the Academy of Travel
and Tourism, Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman recalled how hard it
was for her to get her first job when she graduated from
"I had grown up in Mobile, Ala., and graduated from Xavier in
New Orleans," she said. "Then I went back to Mobile to look for my
"It was hard to find a job, in part because I was black and in
part because I was a woman.
"One man told me he might be able to give me a job as a clerk or
perhaps a typist or maybe even a secretary.
"I didn't go to work for him, but I've often wanted to look him
up and tell him that I became a Secretary."