I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

France: First Day in Paris

Once again, we had a very early morning. Our train was departing at 8:30 but Danny had to bring the rental car back to the rental car company. In order to do this, he would need to drop us at the train station, enlist the help of Marie-Francoise to meet him at the rental car place and to take him back to the train station. We have done this so many times that it has become a routine! We needed an early breakfast and decided to purchase something at the patisserie to eat on the train. We asked what time they opened and they said 7:00 a.m. so we were at the door at 7:00 a.m. but they were not open. After several minutes, Hallie realized that the sticker that stated their hours also stated that they were closed on Wednesday and today is Wednesday. So back to the hotel we went to quickly eat from their breakfast buffet. Marie-Noelle stayed at the train station with us and visited while Danny took care of the rental car with Marie-Francoise. Our train arrived on time and everyone except me napped on the two hour train ride to Paris. We rode the metro from the train station to the metro stop that is a couple of blocks from our hotel. There is a lot of construction in the station and we had to use our metro ticket several times as we moved within the station. We also had to show our tickets to exit the station. This is very odd for us but we think it has something to do with the construction. We checked into the hotel and were delighted that our rooms were ready. After taking a few minutes to settle in, we went across the street to Laduree and made our first purchase...macarons!! We committed not to eat them until after lunch and we kept our promise. Lunch was across the street from Laduree at Le Pre Aux Clercs. We enjoyed our meal, especially those who got anything with goat cheese. After lunch we hit the streets of Saint Germain and the Latin Quarter. We bought french cheese and chocolate and we wandered in and out of stores. We saw Dali's sundial on a building in Saint Germain and also Saint Severin and Saint Sulpice churches. We also found the oldest tree in Paris! After walking all afternoon, we came back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and wait for Vincent to pick us up. We ate supper at Au Pere Louis which is located across the street from Axelle's school. Joining us tonight were Vincent, Sophie, Axelle, Laurene and Benjamin. Laurene and Benjamin are expecting a baby in February and we couldn't be more thrilled! Our dinner was delicious, especially the deconstructed Lemon Tart that I had for dessert. We said goodbye after dinner and are back to the hotel at midnight. We will get a little later start in the morning to compensate, but we still have a lot to see and do tomorrow. So until tomorrow....

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