May 12, 2013

Paris via the Chunnell

This morning we said goodbye to London and travelled by train to Paris via the "Chunnell" under the English Channel.  It was not quite like the scene from "Mission Impossible".... our ears were popping and we had no WiFi.... but it was pretty cool.  And it's a great way to travel rather than flying.... you don't have to go all the way out to the airport (leave from the center of the city instead), you can carry aboard all the liquids you want, you don't have to wear a seatbelt, and you can walk around anytime and leave your tray table down the whole time if you want.

We checked in to our hotel which is outside the center of Paris in the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, but very accessible by Metro.  It's a quiet neighborhood with a lovely park right across the street.  We enjoyed walking up and down the main boulevard looking in shops and sat in the park for a while people watching.  There were lots of families with children out enjoying the lovely spring day.  It was delightful, and we could almost pretend we were French, though I only know a few phrases, and Jay knows even less.  We stopped at a patisserie for paninis and pastries.  Oh my.
People watching in the park. 

Our cute and quiet hotel. 
I think Jay is tired of having his photo taken.

It's been a nice relaxing day... very welcome after the whirl-wind days spent in London.  Though we are looking forward to more of that as we explore Paris tomorrow.

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