Europe Escape 2018 travel blog


Phil in Paris

Scott in Paris

Robyn in Paris

Tracey in Paris

View from the Cafe in Paris

We got up early and finished packing as well as cleaning up our little BNB. Virginia the lady who had greeted us had phoned a taxi for us (at least we think she did) anyways we waited and waited, then we moved the luggage to the corner and waited some more, finally Phil and I went up to the main road to find a taxi, I even checked Uber and there was nothing, only buses. We went back, Scott and Tracey were talking to a man who turned out to be a cab driver and he told us there was a 3 day strike! Great! Fortunately the gentleman offered to drive us to the airport. We paid him probably a little more than we should but he was a life saver!

We checked into the flight with plenty of time, while having a coffee Phil saw some man being escorted with a towel covering the wrists and three polizia for an escort. We made our way to the departure gate and boarded the plane, pretty uneventful flight, as we were coming in to land at O'rly airport - we flew over Versailles - that was awesome. After landing this is when the fun began.....

We waited, waited and waited for a cab that could take all four of us, Tracey went and found a maxi and we were on our way - in the meantime I had phoned the contact for the BnB and she spoke virtually no Anglaise. Told her we would be there in 30 mins - that was a mistake, the traffic was at a standstill when our cab was hit from behind....... after acciedents the French seem to be very calm. The driver checked he could open the back and with no major damage, we were on our way again. We made it to the accommodation and checked in, sort of worked out what the lady was saying and got the keys and we settled in, unpacked and then headed out for a late lunch or early dinner, after walking around and getting the lay of the land we settled on Cafe Bolivar - great atmosphere, good service and great food and drinks, after dinner we did a quick bit of shopping for some basics and then headed back.

After trying to decipher the TV and how to get english we gave up and all went to bed so we could get a reasonable start for the next phase of our escape.

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