Paris in an afternoonSeptember 14, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
I'm in Paris. The trip from Dijon was about an hour and a half. I definitely prefer travelling by train.
My check in luck abandoned me here. Up until now if I've arrived before check in time my room has been ready. I knew I was pushing it arriving at 12 but thought I'd try.
I was able to leave my luggage so then set out to explore the local area. Around the corner was a metro stop. "Why not?" I thought? After several goes I found the entrance for those without tickets, negotiated the ticket machine and bought a 5 day ticket.
Next hurdle was working out how to get through the entrance gate. After trying to swipe it (like those with cards did) I realised I had to feed my little piece of paper into a slot and it popped out again 20cm further up the gate.
I was in, now where to go? There are two lines at the station so four options. Luckily the first train I got on (without consulting the map) took me to the Louvre.
From there I was able to find the hop on hop off bus and spent a lovely 2 hours seeing the major sights of Paris.
By the time I had completed the circle I was ready to head back to the hotel.
Around the corner is a small supermarket, bakery, fruit and veg shop and a butchet. I picked up enough supplies to cook tea. It was nice to have a home cooked meal.
I have vague plans for tomorrow but apparently there is a general strike planned so I will play it be ear.
Countryside between Dijon and Paris
Acr de Triomphe