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Gare de Lyon

Having left late, we naturally arrived late and, as happened the last time we landed at Charles de Gaulle, we taxied forever and were put onto the tarmac to take a bus to the terminal.  This airport seriously sucks.  In any case, as soon as we exited customs we were met by the driver that Linda had reserved.   We and our bags were quickly in the van and on the way to our hotel.  Because we had booked an early train the next morning, we’d decided to stay at a Novotel immediately adjacent to the Gare de Lyon.  I was prepared for the worst but was pleasantly surprised by the hotel.  It was actually quite nice and the staff was excellent.  Even better, though it was not yet noon, our rooms were available!  Though rain had been predicted, the weather was perfect for a day in the city; sunny but cool.

Gare de Lyon
  After freshening up a bit, we walked down the street for quick lunch at Le Killy-Jen Brasserie near the hotel, then returned to the rooms to crash. 

Back on our feet after a few hours, we headed out for a walk.  In all the trips I’ve made to Paris, I’d never gotten around to walking along a quay along the Seine so we headed for the Quay Henri IV, just upstream from Isle St. Louis.  Eventually we looped around towards the hotel for dinner at “l’Europeen”.  Along the way, we strolled on the Viaduct des Artes a beautiful elevated green area that was once a railroad viaduct. All in all, it was a delightful day.

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