With an opportunity to visit friends in Europe, I am en route to Paris. I am surprised that it will take almost 10 hours from Atlanta until we are informed by the flight crew that this is because of Eyjafjallajokull …. The Volcano still active in Iceland.
Touching down at Charles De Gaulle an hour and a half late, I head to the airport train station where I board the RER (E$8.50) to Paris. At Denfert-Rochereau a switch to the Metro and 10 minutes later I am met at Dupleix Station.
It is still early morning and we walk by fruit, meat and fish stores being opened as the smell of fresh baked goods permeates the air. I am craving a street vendor crepe with sugar and citron. However, with none nearby I happily settle for a fresh warm baguette and a fruit flavored mini pound cake.
I am recharged from my Atlantic/North Pole crossing.
E$2.00 and I am happy with a sugar and citron crepe, Fernando has one loaded with cheese and salmon for a few more Euros.
We enjoy the park with others before passing by Pantheon, Sorbonne University then an Irish Pub for good conversation and a few pints of Guinness.
A light rain is falling as I am shown other sites of the city.
La Bonne Heure, Restaurant Bio …. 72 rue du Moulin des pres, 75013 Paris is where we will have dinner tonight. A primarily vegetarian restaurant that uses all organic ingredients, dishes are combined with stunning flavor and texture.
Sunday morning, we lounge around till afternoon watching the first 35 laps of Formula 1 racing then start out on another walking tour around Paris.
A bakery stop for “The Best Croissant” in Paris and I also purchase a tuna sandwich in a foot long baguette E$2.70 …. A pineapple juice, water and chips are a bit more expensive E$6.00. I am finding out Paris is not cheap!
Next we cross one of Paris's most beautiful bridges towards “The French White House”.
Sensing that I am American, a elderly French gentlemen jokes with me if Obama is coming to visit …. He is proud to tell us he has visited all over American …. even Montana and Idaho. Not for for business, just for his pleasure.
Although rain had been promised, it turns out to be a beautiful day in The City Of Light.
The Lamb Vindalou is just right and requires extra orders of rice and nan bread to finish it up. Two King Fisher beers and dinner for three E$52.00.
The plan to finish the night at an English Pub evaporates as we all realize that we are exhausted. We return and end the night watching a movie.
6:00AM. I am awake and soon we pick up another fresh baguette before boarding the metro for my return trip to Charles de Gaulle. My friends ride with me to Saint Michel where they disembark for school and work.
We say good byes with tentative plans to meet in Dublin to enjoy a real “Guinness”.
8:20AM. I have arrived at the airport for a scheduled 11:15AM departure on Air France direct to Miami. Departure is initially delayed until 2:30PM due to the effects of Eyjafjallajokull but we actually start boarding at 3:30PM then wait until about 7PM before we are airborne. Our route will take us south towards North Africa and then across The Atlantic Ocean. En route flight time is approximately 12 hours.
12:03AM. Four movies including Ratatouille, two music CD's, a few short naps and we finally touch down in Miami.
1:30AM. Over 24 hours after waking up Paris, I crawl into my familiar bed and dream of returning to The City Of Lights … Even Eyjafjallajokull will not stop me!
The Iceland Volcano has caused many problems for air travel to Europe since erupting and my guess it will continue to do so for a while. I know many airlines are doing their best with the situation with your safety being a number one consideration. If you plan to visit be patient and give yourself lots of flexible time along with a Plan B. Europe can be especially beautiful to visit in the summer, so don't let a little volcano stand in your way … Have a sense of adventure!