My training deployment in the showroom in Paris. Magdalena, Apprentice as Trade Administrator in Wholesale Business, reports on her experiences during her time abroad in MARC O’POLO’s showroom in Paris. Paris – The city of… …thousand lights When MARC O’POLO offered me to go to Paris during my training and work in the showroom for two months I did not think twice and immediately accepted. A summer in the French capital – what could be more beautiful? Thanks to our Travel Management team, the flight was easily booked. And I was also lucky with respect to finding accommodation. Via a friend, I had found a small studio in luxurious 6th arrondissement – in a by-road of Boulevard Saint Germain! Time until departure flew by, so I hardly had any chance to worry about my rusty French skills and before I knew it, I sat in an airplane on my way to beautiful Paris. …fashion The showroom is located in chic 2nd arrondissement near the Opéra and Galeries Lafayettes. When entering the showroom I felt like in a French movie – the apartment has high ceilings, white doors, creaking wood floors and a beautiful French balcony. On my first day at work I was warmly welcomed by the team who explained what had to be done. And then we got into it. Within one day we set up the entire women’s and men’s collection and prepared the showroom for the clients – who were not a long time coming. As early as the next day, we had the first visitors. I was quickly allowed to present the collections by myself, advise clients on their selection and record the orders in the system. Over time, several further tasks were added – amongst others we started writing additional orders regarding the current delivery for some new clients who were especially thrilled by the brand and worked intensively on various delivery processes for French key accounts. About my time in the showroom I can only say that I learnt incredibly much. Besides my language skills that I was able to improve greatly due to dealing with colleagues and clients every day, I have developed a better understanding for the requirements of both our sales department and our clients. …love No matter how often you stroll along the districts in Paris, you always discover a new corner of the city you will fall in love with. My personal favourite places are Rue du Commerce – a little road with plenty of small boutiques and cafés with hardly any traffic. Highly recommendable for all gourmets is Marché d’enfants Rouges. You will find all imaginable French specialties there – fruit, cheese, wine and a great variety of fish. It is especially worthwhile to try a piece of cake in one of the many patisseries. At night, the artists’ quarter Montmartre bursts into bloom. Winding alleys, street musicians and the smell of fresh crêpes give the district this certain French ambience – worth a visit at any time of the day. A further highlight during my stay was definitely the French national holiday on 14 July. During daytime, it was celebrated with a military parade along Champs-Elysees and at night with a huge firework at Eiffel Tower. Over this summer, I discovered my love of this traditional and original Paris even though the sun didn’t come out too often. From the moment you start leaving the tourist attractions, warehouses and large boulevards behind, a unique city with friendly and open-minded people opens up – if you speak French. I am very grateful to MARC O’POLO to have made this incredibly beautiful and instructive time possible. Even after two months in Paris, I am quite sure not to have explored the entire city and I am very much looking forward to my next visit. Until this day will come I can only say – Merci Paris.