Posts Tagged ‘shuttle bus’

…To Paris?

Posted: September 8, 2010 in France
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After forgetting part of my Europass (questionable still if it was even required…)  and busing frantically back across town, we finally made it onto the train to Hannover.

Upon arrival, we hit another road bump. Our EURail passes had not been activated and the ticket windows were closed for the night. We were told it might be possible to have them activated on the train, so we threw caution to the wind and gave it a try. We were in luck, the Ticket Master activated them for us.

BUT.

It turns out, France was on strike – no government services. They wanted to change the retirement age to 62 instead of 60, and the French people wouldn’t have it. So no train service in France. This resulted in our train going to Mannheim instead! We arrived in Mannheim around 3:00AM (a 5 hour train ride from Hannover), and then got onto a shuttle bus that would take us to the train station in Paris.

Our shuttle bus to Paris!

We arrived in Paris at around noon. Longest trip thus far! Managed to sleep on the bus though.

Paris EST Train Station

We tried renting bikes again… and it worked this time! Unfortunately about halfway to the arc I got a flat tire. Traded it out for another bike after a few kilometers of bumpy riding.

Renting a bicycle

The Arc!

The weather was miserable, raining on and off, but altogether it wasn’t that bad. We did get soaked a few times though… After making to the Arc we were a bit more comfortable navigating Paris streets… Drivers are crazy though, so, when in rome… We weaved in and out of cars on our bicycles and made it to our destinations a lot faster! Next up on our sightseeing was the Eifel Tower!

Man it's big

We climbed the stairs as high as we could (cost 3.50E!) and then took an elevator (5.00E) to the very top! We also ate some stale bun sandwiches from the restaurant in the middle. Here are some pictures:

Stale over-priced sandwich...

Looking out from the Eifel Tower

Quite the view!

Now when we said we were going to Paris I decided I wanted to do something. So I did. Here it is – The sign was just ever so convenient!

Ta da!

We continued our trek with two new rent-a-bikes and made it to the Lourve!

Heinz next to the glass pyramid

Myself by the glass pyramid of the Lourve!

We continued on and made it to the famous church of Notre Dame!

Notre Dame!

Not the biggest I've seen...

After Notre Dame we made it back to the train station where we left our bags. Thankfully it was pretty much a straight line from the church to the station. We got our bags, ate a cheap dinner and started looking for hotels. The first 8 we checked were all full, and pricey. We found one with one vacancy for a 4-person room for 102 euros, we took it (just in time too, more people came in right after us!)

The hotel room is actually pretty decent, four beds, a nice bathroom (complete with bidday), but it’s getting late and we have a train to catch tomorrow morning to Belfort!

Hotel room

Good night everybody! Remember all pictures (not shown in blog) can be found on the Picasa account! Check them all out here; but be warned, I didn’t go through them because I didn’t have time. You’re seeing everything on my camera! http://picasaweb.google.com/jamie.hobson

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