Our flight was fabulous…then we got to Charles de Gaulle airport and the jet-way would not connect to the plane. The American Airlines folks made it perfectly clear that it was not their people on that job. So, they did the old-fashioned stairs thing and some nice Frenchman carried Nancy’s carry-on bag down and up so we could roll along to the baggage claim.
The big Paris question (after we disembarked from the flight) was the flooding on the Seine. We got to our hotel on the Left Bank in St. Germain De Pres and took a walk after lunch. Well, the rain had stopped, but the tree-lined walkways were under water…and the bridges looked kind of “short”…you know, like it would be hard for a 150 passenger river ship to get under there. See below.
Our walk was in the Jardin de Tuilleries and near the Louvre, which was closed for a couple of days to move some precious artwork away from the encroaching water. The Louvre’s pyramidal entryway was covered by some photo-art recently installed. We could see the giant Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde in the distance, if we looked the other way.
Across the Seine toward the Musee D’Orsay came a part of a large tree, flowing down the river.
So, we decided to go out to dinner at Santa Lucia at 22 Rue de Cannettes…it’s owned by a friend of Stephanie Strid Davis’s from the time she spent here as a Temple international MBA student. Joshua is the owner and was so pleased to see us that he immediately had his staff take a photo and send it to Stef, Gerald and Krissy. Voila…and the food is fabulous.
Joshua the local, when we told him about our wonderful river cruise, said, “You must be crazy, if you think you’re going to go down the Seine from Paris in a ship tomorrow.”
To be continued…and Dick & Chris are flying over as I write this. Well…we’ll have a great time, no matter the outcome of our Avalon Waterways.
We are ensconced in the Hotel Montalambert – a perfectly located gem on the Left Bank. Thanks to our expert travel advisor – Sky’s Mom, Pam Long.