Arrival in Paris
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Arriving at Charles Degaulle at about 8:45 AM, we found the airport under construction and consequently a real mess. We had to descend from the plane to the tarmac and were taken by bus. After a long bus ride, a lot of walking and a great deal of confusion, we got the RER train to the Notre Dame - St. Michel stop. I’d hoped to use the exit that would bring us up almost across from Notre Dame so Helen and Earl would get an impactful first look at the city but, sadly, we ended up further along on Blvd St. Michel. Because I'd enjoyed a previous stay there, I'd booked us rooms at the Hôtel d’Angleterre in St. Germain des Prés. Foolishly, I suggested we walk to the hotel. I’d apparently forgotten how far it was so, by the time we got there a little after 11:00, I was less than popular with the other folks!
The rooms were not available so, after leaving the bags at reception, we went by cab to Montmartre where, after visiting Sacre Coeur & walking around Place du Tertre, we had lunch at an open-air café.
Unfortunately, our room, number 3, was tiny & loud. After the great room I had last time, I was very disappointed and Lin couldn’t imagine why I’d recommended this hotel.
Before leaving home, we’d made arrangements to meet our longtime friend Anne, who lives just outside of Paris, for dinner on Friday. I gave her a call to make contact and we agreed I'd select a restaurant and call her back in the morning with details.
The more I thought about the room, the more upset I got so I went to reception to complain. They said there was no option for tonight but they’d change it tomorrow.