Archive for June, 2019

June 16, 2019

13 Jun 2019 Paris

Talked to a lovely lady from Bend, Oregon this morning at breakfast. We seemed to have so much to chat about that the time just flew away.

Finally walked to Notre Dame, which is just down the road really. Les Bulles Hotel de Paris is really central. So sad to see Notre Dame being patched up the way it is.

Decided to catch an Open Tour bus so I could see more of Paris. One day for 34 euros, 38 euros for two days. The Blue Line takes you from Notre Dame, past Musee d’Orsay, Cleopatra’s Needle, down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, past time Trocadero and the Tour Eiffel, the Hotel des Invalides, through the Musee du Louvre and back to Notre Dame. It should take about 2 hours but that depends totally on the traffic at the time of riding.

I was in desperate need of a toilet when I got off so stopped at Le Saint Jacques cafe not far from Notre Dame. They had a lunch special for 12 euros – onion soup, beef stew and apple tart. Very good value.

After my belly was full and my bladder was empty I walked to the Pantheon and attempted to draw it! Not so easy with all the lines I was seeing in the building.

On to the Luxembourg Gardens to sit on the balcony overlooking the palace and this time I attempted to paint an urn with geraniums in it. Far more successful than the sketch of the Pantheon. It looked like rain so I went back to the hotel to recharge my phone.

Then I charged out and did the Blue Line again so I would get my money’s worth. Not worth it as I was so tired coming back I got a baguette for dinner.

June 14, 2019

11-12 June 2019 The journey

After a long and drawn out journey, I finally made it to Paris!

The journey started by leaving home at 2.30pm, then checking my bag in at Emirates by 3.00pm. At least it went all the way to Paris without me. The first leg was Melbourne to Singapore. I managed to stay awake so it would be easier to sleep in the Aerotel Hotel. What a dog box that turned out to be! It was tiny and you had to go to the end of the corridor for the shower and toilet. It was really good to get to lie down though. Breakfast was fast – pancakes, fruit and yoghurt with coffee from their machine. Too bad I didn’t have time to try the pool or the gym out.

On to Dubai with a spare seat beside me. That was a bonus. Dubai Airport is extremely quiet. They don’t overdo the announcements like most other airports do, which means you need to take notice of notices and read signs.

The Dubai to Paris leg was crowded. I struggled to stay awake even though I watched three movies and finished my book. It took ages to get my bag but at least it did appear! Fairly simple getting a taxi out the front and the driver was friendly. I tried out my French on him and he seemed to appreciate it.

Les Bulles de Paris is in a great spot. Close to Jardin du Luxembourg in one direction and Notre Dame Cathedral in the other. Didn’t have time to do much when I got there but get ready for bed. The bed is about three times the size of the one at Singapore airport and very comfy.