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A chilly trip to Paris

Paris (for football) day one


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View of Saint Sulpice from the Hotel Clement

Another trip to Paris, but a rather different one! Newcastle were to play Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League and although we didn't have tickets we wanted to meet up with friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Besides, as Audrey Hopkins once famously said, 'Paris is always a good idea.'

There was a degree of chaos on the morning of the match as Eurostar had emailed the day before to say that due to a strike our train might not run and we should reschedule our trip - not an option! The website however said our train was running, but then a friend taking an earlier train messaged to say he'd enquired about ours and it was cancelled. Cue a frantic but fruitless search for flights as an alternative, and a long wait on the phone to get through to customer services where a very nice man assured me it was due to run and depart on time, but suggested we arrive at St Pancras early as it was likely to be busy.

We did so but found it not much more than usual, and after a coffee went through security and passport control without any problems. There was then a long wait in the crowded departure hall (but that's normal) before we could board. It was only when the train left, just ten minutes late, that we completely relaxed and believed we were going to Paris!

We arrived around 5.00 and headed to our hotel, the Hotel Saint Clement (where we stayed a couple of years ago and which we'd liked enough to recommend to our friends too). We stopped only to freshen up and leave our bags, then headed to a bar near Odéon, the Pub Saint Germain, where the others were waiting for us.

After a couple of beers we looked for somewhere to eat that could accommodate our group of six, and found a friendly welcome in the Café Odéon. My onglet de veau was disappointing but the blue cheese sauce was good, and the fries were excellent, as was the company of course.

After our meal we had a nightcap at the Mabillon Brasserie where we've been a number of times, although we were a little shocked at how much prices there had gone up. Then it was back to the hotel and to bed, still breathing a sigh of relief that we had made it to Paris after all!

Strangely I took no photos that evening (maybe it was the cold!) but there will be more in part two.

Posted by ToonSarah 19:38 Archived in France Tagged trains paris hotel church friends

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The strikes must be maddening. Here we have weather cancelling everything. It's a crazy winter. I'm so glad you made it to Paris. If you're lucky, there will be a strike and you'll have to spend a few extra days there. :)

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally - this was back in November and we were only there three nights 😃 But the return journey wasn't uneventful, as you will read when I get around to posting it!

by ToonSarah

What a first day! Great to hear you made it! :)

by Ils1976

So were we Ils!

by ToonSarah

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