Dec. 31: Travel. OK, I realize that’s my solution to almost anything, but Jan gets to travel. She’s going to Charlotte (NC) for four days of professional meetings and I was envious. So, I will go to Paris (France) for the same four days. My cure for winter boredom.
I will meet Frans Schuursma for morning coffee. He is the real life Franz in The Long Road to Paris and we share a favorite brassiere, La Terrasse, on the left bank. He lives on his boat on the Seine across from the Eiffel Tower.
A warning: Travelocity’s travel agents are “outsourced”, and the first agent I dealt with scheduled my travel with a 22 hour layover in Philadelphia and another overnight stay again in Charlotte on the return. Obviously, we weren’t understanding each other. Two days to get to Paris and two more to get home? Come on, I’m not going by an ocean steamer, this is air travel. What was this guy thinking???? It literally took all afternoon yesterday to get that mess corrected and then they still wanted to charge me the fee for booking through them. I did get that taken off.
Today I will work on getting a hotel in the 7th arrondissement of Paris where I want to stay. I wasn’t about to take Travelocity’s suggestion that they book the hotel for me. Probably a Best Western and I’ll call them directly. There are three well located so IF by any chance there is rain this time of year in Paris, I won’t have far to walk to a metro or bus stop. I don’t want to sleep on a park bench, and the bus stop shelters are usually taken up by others due to the European economic conditions!
Now Jan, I realize you will be busy and have colleagues to be with while I wander the streets and cafes in Paris, but I have to do something while you’re away! Who knows, maybe I’ll even write.