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From the Loire to Paris

A mostly travel day

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Early morning wake up for our commute to Paris. Drive 100km to Orleans, then train ride back to Tours on the way to Paris. A little rest then a little wine.

Alarms went off at 5:50am as we had to shower and pack to be out by around 9:30. Ran into Mr Picard while loading the luggage into the car. Thanked him and he thanked us for being good guests. Prepped the car and off we went in the rain on our journey to Orleans.

We need to drop the car off in Orleans, otherwise we could have caught the train from town. How ironic is it that our train in Orleans comes back through Amboise before we head to Paris. Despite the off and on rain, the trip to Orleans wasn't bad at all. We made it there pretty smoothly and dropped off the car at the Sixt Agency. The guy at the agency then drove us over to the train station. The second irony was that the guy mentioned that on Monday they opened a new rental office in Tours, but since we had pre-booked and prepaid, we couldn't change. Oh, well.

I have to say, this is the second time we rented in Europe through Sixt and I would highly recommend them. Nice cars, we had a Mercedes B-180, good prices and good service.

Unfortunately, we arrived way early for our train and couldn't switch to the earlier train so we had a three hour wait in Gare Orleans. Let me tell you about it. It is a nice clean station, only eight tracks for trains. There are a couple decent places to eat and there are enough strange people to fill an arena. Not sure if they all just came out because they heard we were in town, but they did come.

Sue surmised that the history records are incorrect. Joan of Arc begged to be burned at the stake rather than return to Orleans. It wasn't as heroic as first thought.

Our train was right on time. We had first class tickets so there were only five other people in our car, which made for a quiet trip. Arriving in St Pierre des Corps, we only had twenty-five minutes before our next train arrived. This train was a TGV to Paris instead of the TER train to Tours. The ride only took about an hour before we were pulling in to Gare Montparnesse.

Paris - TGV Montparnesse

Paris - TGV Montparnesse

When we saw how busy the station was, we decided to protect what was left of our sanity and take a taxi to our hotel. It took less than 10 minutes to get to the hotel and based on reports from our Paris correspondents, we would have been hauling bags up and down stairs to take the RER.

OUr hotel is the Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg and is located about a block away from the Luxembourg Gardens on Blvd St. Michel. Very nice and clean hotel, pleasant staff, attached brasserie and great location. Not a complaint, but the room seems so small after having two whole houses worth of room in Turenne and Amboise.

Paris - Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg

Paris - Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg

Paris - Bedroom

Paris - Bedroom

Paris - Bedroom

Paris - Bedroom

We relaxed for awhile before going down to dinner. The hotel threw in a complimentary dinner for us, so we took advantage of it. We did order wine and an extra dessert, but dinner in Paris for €30 is a bargain. Ok, so how was the food? Delicious! Honestly, we both had low expectations and were completely surprised by how good the meal was.

Went upstairs and hit the sack early. We were both tired from getting up early and traveling most of the day.

Posted by Herk58 13:52 Archived in France Tagged paris france loire

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glad you survived the journey..LONG day of travel ( too bad about earlier train; same with us). Smart move with taxi; gare M had long treks & steep stairs to get to RER...hotel looks nice! Enjoy Paris...hard not to :)

by Jan Prucnal

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