September 29: Paris to Munich

Woke up and started packing before heading out. We had a croissant and an espresso before getting on to the Metro. We walked to the Eiffel Tower which is amazing to say the least. After that we got back on the metro. Dave got off at Franklin D Roosevelt but I got stuck amongst people getting on! I went to the next stop, changed over trains and went back to Dave. We then went to the Maille boutique shop and tasted mustards before choosing 3 we cannot get at home. They were packed for us for travel! We went back to the hotel and got ready for our flight. We caught a taxi to CDG and waited for our delayed Lufthansa flight to Munich. When we got here I showered in the business class lounge and changed. We went through passport control and left Del and Annie sitting at the departure gate while we went for something to eat. We bought some whisky at duty free and then sat down to let Del and Annie have a walk around. This carried on until we boarded the flight. The staff came on duty and I was first in the queue to get our new boarding passes as Dave had managed to change our seats. We were offered €600 each to stay the night in Munich, as well as accommodation in a 4 star hotel, with dinner and breakfast included. Del and I would have jumped at the opportunity, but Annie was ready to get home. As far as I could tell, the 7 volunteers caught the flight, so it would not have happened in any case. But, it would have been nice. The flight left late and we had a really good meal, before pretending to sleep – there was a screaming baby on the flight. The father admitted to the child not being a good flier which made me want to ask why they did not give the child something to calm down and sleep?

"September 29"
September 29

September 28: Paris

Woke up and went for breakfast with Nico, Wanette, Annie and Del. As we got back to the room Dino called from Air France to say our flight had been cancelled. He rerouted us via Munich so that was all sorted. It means leaving Paris earlier but at least we will get home. We then walked to Sacre Cœur which is amazing and then through Montemarte. We had coffee near the Moulin Rouge and then walked to Trinité. We went back to Opera and then for coffee at Le Mesturet to see the menu. We walked to the Louvre and along the Seine to Notre Dame. Dave had a crepe with citron sucre and I had a chocolat et ses morceaux ice cream. We walked to Place de Grève and Hôtel de Ville and then through the Marais district to Les Halles. We had lunch at La Perla on Rue Montorgueil. We each had a salad and a glass of wine. We walked back to the Louvre and then through Jardin des Tusleries to Place de la Concorde. We walked down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. We then caught the metro back to where we are staying. After relaxing a bit (we walked for 6 hours) we went to Le Royal Bergère for drinks. Annie had a Heineken, Dave had a Stella Artois and Del and I had Bretagne Cider. We walked to Le Mesturet for supper and then walked back via the ice cream place to enjoy an ice cream for dessert. Dave had the pistachio, Annie and Del had caramel and chocolat and I had noisette and tiramisù.

"September 28"
September 28

September 27: Nevers to Paris

Woke up and packed and then walked to the Avis office to see if the car was still there as I had left something in it. Sadly the car was in Rennes and who ever cleaned the car found nothing. We then went to the boulangerie and had piping hot croissants for breakfast. We had an espresso each and walked to the train station. The train to Paris was non stop and we arrived at Gare de Lyon at 12. Dave got a map of the metro and Paris and we went to buy a day pass for the public transport. With that done we went to find the A line. Dave had left the map at the SNCF office so we got out at Aubert where the Opera is, and walked around a bit. Finally an hotel provided us with a map and pointed us in the direction of the Air France office. This was closed! We then walked to our hotel and checked in. We had baguette, ham and cheese for lunch in the room before heading to Maillot to the Air France office there. I got to see the Arc de Triomphe and we found Air France. The queue was at least an hour long. After a quick walk through an upmarket supermarket we came back to the hotel. I spent half an hour on the phone before discovering our flight is not yet cancelled. Despite the pilots strike continuing until the 30th. Until it is we cannot change our flight, which is confirmed. We then relaxed for a bit – me in the bath before getting dressed for the Crazy Horse. Saw the Eiffel Tower from the road. We arrived early so had a glass of Montepulciano wine each before going to see the show. It was OK but nothing to rave about. We then went for supper at a local seafood restaurant. Dave had whiting and I had mussels. We left everyone there and came back to the hotel. Dave’s metro card did not work properly so he entered on my card, and I entered on another persons card. She was not happy but they gave her another ticket. We got back and just as I was about to turn off the light and go to sleep Nico banged on the door and invited us for a drink. We went across the road and had a cider for some and white wine for others. It was after midnight when we got back to the hotel and the noise does not stop where we are!

"September 27"
September 27