Tuesday 10 September 2013

Arrived in PARIS

Sept 8/13
Pilgrims Four are out to finish the Camino.  Today we flew to Paris. Flight was OK for air transat.  We arrived in Paris and waited for our packs, which we had wrapped in various plastic bags to protect the straps and poles.  All was well and we stripped off the plastic, donned our boots and shouldered the packs. We made our way from T3 to T1 for the train, purchased 4 tickets for $38 euros.  Joanie had checked on line before leaving home exactly where we got on and off the train and then onto the metro.  We were all wearing our scarves so thought we looked ok, considering the rest of our attire!  We found our way out of the underground and spotted our hotel Odessa right away.
Our room is on the 6th floor, w people squeezed into the minute elevator and we ascended, reading the sign in the lift....max 2 people and 150 kilos!  We made it to 6 and our room has a renovated bathroom (yay) 2 single beds and a double. A little Juliet window to a pretty french street outside.
We were all hungrey so we pop`ped out round the corner to a cafe.  Joanie and I had fabulous duck confit and the specialty potatoes cooked with cheese and loads of garlic....it was divine! Sandy and Jan had steak and pomme frites----steak not recommended.  We decided it should be left to North Americans.  Twice while there the lights went out completely, nobody seemed bothered, everyone went on eating and drinking.  After dinner we took a walk to find the train station, it is nearby so our morning is set.
Sept 10/13
We lost a day traveling.  This morning we left our hotel, grey sky, but dry.  We walked several blocks to the train station which was considerably bustling with people.  We purchased coffee, french was not fast enough but we managed to get ourselves understood....pane chocolate! , luncheon baquettes and pastries . We found a spot to sit and watched the departure board for the 10:30 train to Hundaye.  Lots of pilgrims going to St. Jean Pied A Port for the french route and those going north as we were.-  Train was busy so we were glad of reserved seats together.
FYI....family, I canĀ“t get my ipod internet working so am on the computer at La Perla in San Sebastion.  The girls are waiting to go out for tapas so must run.....will email when we get back tonight.  Mur xxx
PS I will write the blog in my journal and post when I can get on internet if I cant get the ipod working.  wish Terry was here to help !!  love to all


At 10 September 2013 at 12:55 , Blogger Liz said...

Muriel, hope you get your ipod working as we so enjoy all your updates. Glad to see that you made it safely to Paris and that you are now on your way to the start of your journey. We are looking forward to your updates. Keep those feet dry.

At 10 September 2013 at 13:01 , Blogger Kenny H said...

Sounds like like the adventure has truly begun! When I was in Europe I found it best too stay away from North American food. Whatever they make good locally is the way to go. How's the seafood? The trains sound like fun. I hope you get some photos of them so we can see later. I hope you find someone who can get your I Pod working.

At 10 September 2013 at 15:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Mur you are so prompt with blogging, and I am loving it. You know, I found that about steaks and Paris all those years ago, when I went with John!!

It is great you were so prepared so you could find stations and have seats. Looking forward to your next blog, and hope that your Ipod works again for you soon.

Love and hugs to the other gals. Linda B xxxx

At 10 September 2013 at 17:02 , Blogger Chris Green said...

Glad to see the start of the trip is going smoothly and we hope that the rest of the trip does as well. Good luck to all of you and your feet.

Nolan wanted to pass on a few words of wisdom for Amma:

'Kommo nabe do, I love you'
and of course the favourite - 'Banana Chops'

Love you mom and good luck, we're thinking about you

Christopher, Carolyn, Nolan and Fjola

At 10 September 2013 at 20:10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to find your update! Bev, Joan, and I will be painting tomorrow. I have started Nolan (all drawn) and can't wait to paint. We'll miss you of course.
Will check for an update when we pour the prosecco. :D
We're melting here...so hot! It's great fun being back in the classroom. Students have all settled in. I'm exhausted by 8:00.
Enjoy your adventures.
Judy xx

At 17 September 2013 at 15:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to follow along this way, Joanie. Congrats to you all for taking this on. I will follow you from the comfort of my padded computer chair!! We wish you good walking and good wine! Lots of Love from The Saanichton Branch!


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