Our 8th trip to Paris began in Orlando; taking Icelandair to Reykjavik, Iceland for a brief stop before continuing to Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris.
|Our plane in Orlando|
The airport in Reykjavik is very small and does not have enough gates or jetways yet to accommodate the increased traffic. When we arrived, we had to de-plane on the tarmac and were then transported to the terminal by bus. When we reboarded, we followed the same routine. On arrival, it was cold and raining. Since Iceland was the first stop out of the country, we went through customs there.
We arrived in Paris at Terminal 1 which we hadn't done before. We found the taxi stand eventually. It was quite a surprise to see that the fare to Paris was a set fee (55 euros). The result of Uber competition.
Our apartment was located on Avenue de La Bourdonnais, in the 7th arr. This was the view from our 6th floor apt window; as you can see we were quite close to the Eiffel Tower. We stayed in this same area the last time we were here, so everything was quite familiar.We were so fortunate to find this apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Usually the apartments with a view of the ET are booked way in advance.
We have apt hunting down to a science now. Having a set criteria is the most important aspect in the apartment search. For us, #1 is an elevator. The closer you are to the central part of the city, which is the oldest, the harder it is to find apartments with elevators. Then we want to be close to transportation. We no longer use the Metro because I have difficulty climbing stairs. Using the buses is so easy; being in the vicinity of a larger correspondence makes traveling to various parts of the city convenient.
The kitchen was narrow but well equipped with a full refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher (which we did not use), stove, oven and microwave. It was well stocked with pots, dishes, glasses and utensils as well.
Woody spent more time in the kitchen than I did. My job was to wash the dishes.
French bathrooms are not the same as American bathrooms. This room which included, tub/shower, sink, bidet and washing machine was connected to the bedroom. The toilet is in a separate room, the water closet (WC). It was adjacent to the bedroom.I'm not including a photo of the bedroom because it was a bit 'messy', but there was SO MUCH storage! More than we've ever had in any previous apartment. They are quite resourceful when creating storage space. The bed was queen sized but the pillows were flat, hard and square; very awkward and uncomfortable. I bring my own little memory foam pillow so I wasn't as uncomfortable as Woody.
|View looking South towards the Champs de Mars|
|Walking along Avenue de La Bourdonnais.|
You are going to see many photos of the Eiffel Tower, it seemed to be everywhere. Even after 8 visits, I do not tire of looking at it.
After arrival, our first task was buying some staples (eggs, milk, bread, raspberry preserves,paper towels and Coke). The Franprix, the local supermarche, was only 2 doors from the apt...very convenient. Since it is on 2 floors, it seemed very roomy. There was an elevator to the lower level, which I never saw. My job was to get the items on the upper floor and Woody went down. We have our own tote bags for carrying the groceries to the apt.
After Franprix, it was off to Rue Cler for the fruit and pastries.
I love the produce stands. Everything is arranged so creatively. We got some fresh squeezed orange juice and bananas. Then bought our pastries across the way at the boulangerie. I eat Pain au Chocolat (flaky pastry with bits of chocolate inside) and Woody usually gets Chaussons aux pommes (an apple filled beignet).
Having our chores done, we rested a bit before going out for dinner. Our routine includes a walk after dinner, usually down to the river.
This is the view of the Eiffel Tower from the promenade along Quai Branly; the perfect ending to our first day in Paris.