Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4, 2008

Off to Paris this morning via the TGV and say Bon Voyage to Darren on Sunday morning. The ride was smooth and uneventful.

The Gare de Lyon was packed with weekend travelers, and the new parking scheme meant a long walk and wait for our ride to the hotel.

Arrived at our usual Paris haunt, the Hotel le Lavoisier, and were welcomed by Nisha and Fabienne. Then, off with Darren to see the sights. First stop was the Madeleine, an historic church with a long and varied past that sits at the top of the Rue Royale. The choir was practicing for tonight’s concert, which made our visit special.

Then, off to the Palais Royal via Metro. Beautiful day with the gardens all in bloom. Strolled around then went to Willi’s Wine Bar, but found it closed, so we strolled back to the hotel, stopping at l’Ecluse, a popular wine bar, for some wine and a late, light meal (cheese, and meats). Another stop at Lavinia, the largest wine store in France, to poke around, and back to the hotel.

Dinner at Le Taste Monde, which Jack Fisher had recommended. A good tip, the food was wonderful and the service good. The wine list has wines from everywhere in the world but France, so we ended up with a Sauvgnon Blanc from New Zealand. Check out the dinner photos.

After dinner, a leisurely stroll to the hotel, and turned in early so we could be up early for departure.

Darren had his last meal in France, a breakfast of pastries and juice, in the hotel cave, then hopped in the car and off to CDG for his flight home. We wandered around for a bit, then headed to the Gare de Lyon for our TGV back to our home in Eygalieres.

Another smooth ride and we picked up the car and headed to St. Remy to relax for a bit on the Boulevard. For dinner we drove to Riboto de Taven and had a great time. Showed Christine, Philippe, and Jean-Pierre the blog and photos, then wound our way over les Alpilles to Eygalieres.




5 Responses to Paris

  1. Darren says:

    I do have to admit that TGV really impressed me. It is to bad we don’t have something like this in Florida. It would make going up to Orlando or Tampa or Jacksonville a breeze and much more convenient.

    Charles De Gaul airport was also simple. Actually the only problem I had was going back to Miami. The cargo bay door of the plane jammed and it took them an hour and 45 minutes to figure out how to open it. Waiting in customs for my bag at the Miami terminal was not particularly fun but at least I didn’t have a connecting flight or anything.

  2. David and Beverly Gideon says:

    The TGV is a great way of getting around France quickly. Three hours from Paris to Avignon or the coast at Marseilles is a breeze.
    Makes hopping to Paris for the weekend simple.
    Glad you had a nice stay in France.

  3. Terry Nugent says:

    Bonjour mon amis. Enjoying yor lives vicariously. Boul Mich is as close to Paris as I get these days. well maybe the occassional Paris Hilton pic just between au trois. (Don’t you just love the way I buther Francais?) I need French lessons, especially if they are as productive as golf lessons. Putting Salerno’s lessons to good use on the links now that the thaw has once again embraced the northerly latitudes. Bon chnace,

  4. Katherine says:

    Fabulous! So happy you had such a grand time and everyone looks happy! Thank you for sending the blog info – you are a great travel writer and the photos took me right back to the spot.
    Hugs- Katherine

  5. David and Beverly Gideon says:

    Hi Katherine: We love hopping on trains; what an easy way to travel around. It’s been fun getting back into photography; and we have enjoyed posting to the blog. It is our new e-postcard and thanks for your kind comments.

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