It's Dave's birthday on Saturday, and I'd already booked a trip to Paris to celebrate, so here we are. My Eurostar tickets came courtesy of a supermarket loyalty card, so if not exactly a budget destination, it's affordable.
Yesterday was very busy - I went to Daventry to register the death and get the certificates necessary for the funeral and cremation to take place, then on to Bicester to visit oxfordia and her gorgeous daughter G. There's nothing like a three-year-old to restore a sense of proportion, frankly. I took her off to a nearby garden centre with a soft play facility, which she loved, and we bought a pot plant for maman - in "lellow". Then back home with her to do some painting and for the grownups to have a good long chat. I think it was very good for me at least.
Today everything went smoothly - the taxi was spot on time, the train to Euston only a few minutes late. The Eurostar was twenty minutes late leaving, but it wasn't really a problem, and we found the hotel with no trouble. The Paris Metro has a lot of stations close together in the centre, which makes navigation very easy.
We found a brasserie, "Les Funambules", where we had a delicious meal, if a little low on the green vegetables - but, hey, this is France. We are planning to go to see an exhibition tomorrow at the Musée d'Orsay, on dark Romanticism and the Gothic - think Drusilla with a paintbrush!
We are replete with food and wine, and a long day of travel. I can certainly recommend the convenience of Eurostar, even if it did leave late. Paris streets are shiny with rain, reflecting the bright lights of the shops and restaurants. Definitely vaut le voyage!