Bonjour! Je suis arrivé à Paris pour Le Web – et il fait fucking froid, I can tell you.

I arrived on the Eurostar which, by the way, is a really painless way to travel; no airport transfer bullshit, lots of room to work and then just a quick Metro hop to the hotel. The current Sterling -> Euro conversion rate is not so painless. Seriously, it’s almost one for one now. Incroyable.

And as luck would have it, I was on the same train as Mike Butcher who helped the journey fly by. Gossiping about start-ups will do that. The next few months are going to be interesting for journalists covering the web industry, especially after the announcement from Nesta. A billion pounds in funding for startups. Very exciting, the fact that it’s all a load of bollocks notwithstanding. More on that in my column later this week.

Right, I’m going to finish unpacking and then head off to the Open Coffee party to see who else in in town.

More soon.