28.08.2010 - 28.08.2010
Woke up at 7 am. Exhausted and a bit hung over? Probably just dehydrated.
Got the balance of pictures uploaded to the memory stick from my camera.
Packed up a few things and into Marc's car for 8 am. We are right on schedule.
Got to the Gare de Strabourg where we first arranged for a porter to assist me with my luggage when I arrive in Paris.
Then we went to a restaurant called Time and Go where we had a traditional French breakfast.
Before I knew it it was time to get to the train. I was in car 2 and seat 22 which was a seat in a row of singles. Margy had been able to book me into First Class as well.
Travelling in real comfort. Stopped blogging around 10 am as I do need to get some sleep before I get to Paris.
Slept on the train for just under an hour. Organized my thoughts and made a to do list for Paris.
Got my luggage out and to my seat before the train stopped. Porter boarded almost immediately upon arrival and was a nice young black man. Lived in Paris all his life and was sweet. Got me to the taxi and helped to unload luggage and asked me where I wanted to go. I showed driver the hotel's business card. Got to Hotel Antin St. Georges very quickly. Set fare before travel was 2.25€ or 2.50€. Fare total ended up being 5.50€ with a charge of 1€ for second suitcase. He says first suitcase was free. True or cash grab? Still tipped him another 1.50€ as I wanted help with luggage into hotel. He went right past hotel and when I pointed it out he apologized. He backed up closer to the hotel. In the end he only brought in larger suitcase but I managed second one no problem.
Had strongly considered going to Notre Dame today but bailed in favour of walking and shopping and being outside.
There was mostly sun and warm with minor drizzle early in the afternoon. Got on the net and researched Nike locations. Blogged and posted one and my room as ready by about 12:30 so I went to my room which made me feel better as lots of luggage in lobby and didn't want anything to happen to Miu Miu shoes.
There was mostly sun and warm with minor drizzle early in the afternoon.
Got on the net and researched Nike locations. Blogged and posted one and my room as ready by about 12:30 so I went to my room which made me feel better as lots of luggage in lobby and didn't want anything to happen to Miu Miu shoes.
Left to go to metro and transferred at Saint Lazare to Olympiades and got off at Gare de Lyon. Found no Nike at 223 Rue de Bercy. I found the address and wonder if it was office but then no signage so who knows.
I found a Monoprix grocery store and bought medicore smoked salmon pita for lunch.
Went to Gare de Lyon to use toilette and shopped at Hediard in the train station so one errand done.
Left the area after an hour and back on the metro to go to Pyramides and then to Opera for shopping at 2:45 pm.
Went to Galeries Layfayette and didn't leave there for 2 hours.
First things first and I went to Longchamps to see if they had the bag with the pattern of their ceiling on it. Cream and red was available at start of my trip. Limited edition and also comes in black with red but no stock at that time. Sad that it wasn't there. Think I would have bought but not sure if just sad because there were none.
Had to line up but only about 10 minutes. No luck, neither was there. Lots of stock is new and for fall. Felt sad but wasn't 100% sure about other bag or would have bought it then. Also purple dragonfly purse, a limited edition is no longer there.
So in order to hear the voice of reason I went to Louis Vuitton. Some Asians have been born into some very rich families as young women were buying purses in excess of 800 to 3000€. Crazy.
Did the next best thing and went to shoe department. Even found the Miu Miu section and both pairs that I looked at were in excess of 300€. Mine were half that and exactly what I have been looking for for a year or two.
Did find some great high heeled sandals. Jonak of Paris, stylish and beautiful soft leather. Found very nice pair of turquoise suede slingbacks but bailed. Still thinking though and store is open till 8 pm.
Didn't allow myself to dwell in lingerie. Did fall in love with Ed Hardy shirt but 75€ was just too much for a t shirt.
Went to the 6th floor where they carry souvenirs of Paris and took care of all I wanted of Fauchon, Maxime and a CD of music by Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and others.
Realized that I was now not far from my hotel but still had trouble finding it as I had a missed a turn or two.
A sweet old lady probably in her eighties saw me with my map and asked where I needed to get to. I showed her the spot on the map. She told me to go straight and then a droit. Got it but there must have been something else in the instructions that I didn't get. Anyways I walked for a while and saw one or two familiar landmarks and then I saw her again opposite me. I had turned myself right around.
She gasped and said some things to the effect that I still wasn't there. I was actually very close and one turn and half a block or so and I was there. She gave me instructions and asked me if I compris. Told her yes. I also explained where I was from and thanked her and gave her a loonie. She was thrilled and I was so glad to make her happy.
Few minutes later I finally found my street. I also found Shiva Boutique and enjoyed going in there. Store full of goodies from India. They even had flyers that Deva Premal and Miten are coming to Paris in the fall. I got excited as I had seen her in Vancouver about 3 years ago.
Got back to hotel and rested for about 1\2 an hour then out again around 6:30 pm. Had to rest swollen ankles and stretch a bit. Metro to Concorde and then to Louvre Rivoli station.
Cool thing is as it was a museum stop like Rodin, which I spoke about earlier, there were many sculptures and a few glass cases containing different works of art. Interesting in that nothing is vandalised as France has lots of grafitti.
The art work is safe because of respect.