Europe Day 9: Paris – Deauville

After grabbing some oh-so-buttery croissant for breakfast, we head off on our train adventure. We decided to just take the train to somewhere close today, since Tuesday is not a good day to go to sights since Versailles would be very busy and the Louvre is closed. We had no idea what trains are available and where we wanted to go to, so we just spoke to the agent. Fortunately, she was very kind and gave us many options given our odd request. At the end, she helped us book a train to Deauville. We have decided that they probably chose the nicest people in France to work at the eurail counter because they are so nice and helpful! We had some time to burn before our train so we decided to go to Gare de Lyon, where there is this magnificent cafe according to the person we rented our apartment from, since he appears to think that going here is more important than going to Nice. We quickly grabbed lunch (not at that cafe though because it would have cost us an arm and a leg), then we had an extended amazing race moment as we tried to metro to the right station, find the train station, and find the platform to catch train which we happened to be in time for. The train ride was nice with AC and giving me time to update my blog. As soon as we got off the train at Deauville, we knew we made the right choice since we were finally able to escape the heatwave of Paris! Originally looking for the tourism office, we ended up just wandering and finding the beach! We walked along the beach for a while then did some shopping making Romo and Aimerz very happy. I also felt very French strolling along the streets with a sweater around my neck. Before leaving this beautiful town, we sat down for some delicious mussels and fries! Alas, we arrive at a train station without an amazing race moment with minutes to spare. On the train, we managed to all get some snooze time in despite being blessed with many nights of good sleep. I can only smile as Jason Mraz’s “Sleep all day” begins playing on my iPod. Then it’s home we go to get ready for an early morning tomorrow.

Europe Day 8: Paris

After freshening up on the train, we arrive in heat-strucken Paris . Next, we decided to figure out our France trains ASAP. Unfortunately, we ran into many problems including a lady who overtly tried to budge in front of us and the service agent who obviously didn’t want to help us since she just repeated the same phrase for every question we asked her. We then went to the apartment that we will stay at for the next few days. It’s beautiful! So French on the outside yet so modern on the inside! It even has it’s own washing machine and dryer! Finally, we can do laundry! I also got to finally upload my blog posts after being wifi-less for the past few days. We then went to another train station to figure out tickets. Here we received help from a very friendly agent. In contrast to our first one, he tried very hard to help us work something out. In the end, we were able to get a train to Barcelona from Paris. The only downer is that we will have to miss Nice, which is ok in the grand scheme of things considering we went able to extend our rent at the apartment and cancel our booking in Nice. So it all worked out! At the train station, we noticed a lot of officers and military personnel who always seem to be in groups of 3 for some reason. After eating some Croque-Monsieur in the suffocating heat of Paris, we decided to do some grocery shopping since we’ll be staying in Paris longer than expected. I also got to fulfill my lifelong dream to carry a baguette around along the streets of Paris. We ended the day with a cute French picnic on le Pont des Arts, the perfect place to just chill with some locals and some awesome street performers.