Today I have been thinking about our travels and some of the amazing places we have been since we have been married. It also made we start thinking back to our first international trip we took across the pond to France. It was a dream of mine that I had since I was a little kid, and I can still remember having butterflies in my stomach the night before we left.
We had an amazing trip through France, but it was not without its issues and troubles. It got off to a rocky start before it even started. While we were sleeping the hotel where we were booked sent us an email while we were sleeping that our reservation had been cancelled for some unknown reason and they were completely booked.
That was the email I saw when I decided to quickly check my email before we headed to the airport. Talk about panic. This was before such services as Airbnb, and we didn’t have cell phones with international calling and such. I tried reaching out to the hotel but they were unsympathetic and suggested a couple of other hotels, but he didn’t have the numbers, so I just jumped online and tried to find a few places.
At this point we were not picky and found a nice hotel near the Sacré-Cœur near the Abbesses Métro Station. It turned out fine, but those butterflies from the night before turned into knots throughout our flight. We were so afraid something would happen again mid-flight and we would get to Paris without a place to stay :(. Luckily that didn’t happen and we were able to get settle in. Side note, the Abbesses Station is the deepest station in the Paris Métro system and of course the elevator didn’t work that day. Joy Joy. Welcome to Paris, lol.
We only had 3 days in Paris before we headed to Nice and wanted to see as much as we could, however, the biggest item on my must see list was the Musée de l’Orangerie with Monet’s masterpieces. Those dreams were smashed like the windows and pillars of the building that was being renovated. I was so upset and disappointed that I ruined part of a day being sad and upset. (it took us 3 trips to Paris to see this museum, lol).
A great time was had in Paris, but didn’t realize the day we were leaving was a national holiday in France and the trains to the airport only ran once an hour. Ugh, we missed our flight because we didn’t have time to check out luggage.:(. The only thing they could do for us was silly, but we could go from Paris, to London, and then to Nice. Like I said it seemed silly, but we thought “why not?” we hadn’t been to London yet. So we made it to London ok and waited for our flight to Nice. It took off late and we didn’t make it into Nice until about 12:30 am the next morning.
Before we left London, I was worried about our rental car so I went to the rental car company in the Heathrow airport and had them send a message to the Nice airport that our flight would be late. Guess what? The car rental place didn’t wait for our flight to land. So here we were stuck in an airport in Nice almost 1:00 by then and no way to get to our timeshare resort where we were staying. Eventually we took a cab, but it was not cheap as the resort was almost 45 mins away. Then we had to spend the next morning taking a bus to another rental location near our resort to pick up a rental car. Luckily they took the price of the cab fare off the rental price, but it was still annoying.
We ended up having a great trip (most of the time anyway) but we will definitely not forget our first trip to France. However, I wish I could saw that it wasn’t the last time we missed a flight out of Paris. There must be something about us and the Charles de Gaulle airport, lol. More on that another time. Stay tuned for more adventures.
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