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Saturday, January 3, 2015


When in Paris.
Pillar to Post photo by Phyllis Shess, April, 2013
ESPRESSO OASIS--Definitely learned something about hotel scheduling.  Took the overnight tren/hotel from Barcelona to Paris.  Had a first class dinner on board and had coffee and brandies in the bar car with my bride and sons before returning to our compartment. Problem was we arrived at Gare Austerlitz at dawn in a very chilly Paris.

Dropped our luggage at our hotel on Rue Cler in the 7th Arr. Only to discover we couldn’t get into our rooms until early afternoon.

Because the hotel was small there was nothing vacant.  I would have paid the price for a day room just because it was freezing outside.

Decided to suck it up.  It was Paris and the calendar said early April.  Did I say it was cold?  Went to check out the Champs Elysees.  And, quickly ducked into the first coffee house we came across: Le Weekend.  Perfect.  We had an impromptu planning session on indoor sightseeing, along with excellent cafĂ© and pastries.  I went with the ubiquitous OJ, baguette and espresso. 

Fortified we cabbed it to the museums, where it was warm inside.

Won’t make that early hotel arrival mistake, again.

A much warmer evening at Le Weekend Cafe in Paris
Moan heard from San Diego tourists: "...told you we should have stayed inside Le Weekend Cafe..."

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