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  • Day11

    The Homeward Road

    June 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    A pleasant if somewhat noisy (riotous revellers outside) night but deliciously cool. Lulled into a false sense of security since it climbed up to 36 degrees C in Paris today when we left the hotel! Our first task was to avoid the over zealous, determined to be jolly, innuendo-constant joke cracking and frankly, a little annoying concierge Arnaud! This was impossible because, yes, there he was laying in wait for us at reception. Left our bags with him and tried for the minimum of conversation whilst edging towards the front door! So full of advice was Arnaud that he completely failed to inform us that today was "Save the Environment Day" or something similar which meant one could purchase all-day, unlimited journeys to anywhere on the Paris Metro for a mere 3 euros something per person. This we duly did and made our way to Montmartre, choosing to take the furnicular up there which the metro tickets were also good for-a bargain all round! It was extremely hot but we toiled up the steps and took a selfie in front of the basilica but did not attempt the queue up to go in. People had umbrellas up to protect them from the sun and it was still only half past 10. Had breakfast in a cafe overlooking the main square but skilfully avoided the artists who want to sketch you. So, 35 years ago was the last time we were in Montmartre together for our honeymoon and we had a meal (included with the package tour at the time) at a restaurant called Auberge de la Bonne Franquette..... lo and behold, there it still was although now called just La Bonne Franquette and looking very smart! After this trip down memory lane, and again being a little disconcerted by seeing an army presence again, we actually walked back to Place de La Republique, near our hotel, in the boiling heat! It was soon time to retrieve our luggage from Arnaud (yes, he was lurking in reception awaiting our return!) and we retraced our steps on the Metro for the second time today to Gare du Nord. The Eurostar back was quite enjoyable although our seats were again backward facing! Had a pleasant meal at St Pancras before trotting along to grubby Euston for the last grinding bit of the journey to Preston, from where it was the replacement bus service to PLF! Home Sweet a Home.Read more

  • Day1

    From PLF to Paris

    June 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Setting off today from Poulton-le-Fylde today in some trepidation as our last trip to Morocco end of March 2017 ended on Day 1 when I broke my leg! This, coupled with the recent 3 UK terror attacks makes us (or rather me!) aware of being caught up in such an attack especially as we are stopping off in Paris on the way there and back. However, perhaps a wimpish approach so ...... ankle support in situ and off, on the bus, to PLF station and an uneventful trip to London Euston. Mrs Heaney would never forgive me if the champagne bar at Searcy's, St Pancras was not visited so what else could I do?Read more

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