On Friday afternoon it was snowy in Albany so our flight to Atlanta was delayed slightly. We had no trouble making our connection, though. As soon as we landed, we walked to our next gate, where they were starting to board the plane. So the timing was good.
Relaxing flight over to CDG though the food and wine on the Air France plane wasn't as good as it's been on past flights with them. Got a few hours of sleep and arrived at CDG only 5-10 minutes after our scheduled arrival time of 11:10.
Luggage wasn't a terrible wait and we were heading for the RER station before noon. Amazingly enough, when we got there, we saw signs announcing that all public transportation in the area was free this weekend! A train was waiting and we hopped on; by 12:05 we were heading in towards the city, which I thought was great since we had landed less than an hour ago. We changed over to the Metro without trouble and made it to our hotel at 1:00, and our room was ready for us. After a shower, it was time to head out and see a few things we missed last time.
I asked the hotel staff about the free public transportation, and they said it was to reduce air pollution. So, we took the free Metro out to Pere Lachaise Cemetery which was a neat place. It reminded us of the Recoletta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. We saw several famous graves including Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde. It was a perfect day to visit a cemetery - grey skies, bare tree branches swaying in the wind, and the large black birds lurking about all added to the ambience. The setting was appropriate! After wandering through looking at the impressive monuments, we headed out to the Metro for our next stop.
We went to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which was nicely done. It consists of a lake with a mountainous island in the center, set in the middle of the park which rises up on all sides around it. There's a Romanesque temple on the top of the island but it's blocked off for repairs at the moment. There are some manmade waterfalls but they're not all running at the moment. It looks fairly natural even though most of it was built and isn't a natural formation. There is a bunch of construction going on, though, so that detracts from the setting a little. I'd like to see what it looks like when they're done working.
Afterwards it was getting chilly, so we headed back to our neighborhood on the Metro. We found a bistro and sat outdoors under the heat lamps, and I enjoyed a nice steak with fries, and Chris had a duck breast that was delicious as well. It was accompanied by a cheap red Burgundy which was fine. It ended up being a pretty cheap dinner, and with the exchange rate under $1.10 per Euro, even better!
Back to the hotel where they had dark chocolates for us on our pillows. We used some of our bar credit to have a glass of wine before bed, and then it was time to sleep!
More to follow - I haven't uploaded any pictures yet but will work some in as we go. I doubt I'll keep up with the live reporting every day but we'll see how it goes. Time for breakfast soon, then maybe a little more sightseeing before we jump on the Metro to Gare de Lyon for our train. Can't wait to see how SS Catherine compares to her sister ship, SS Antoinette!
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