It’s now time to leave Paris…. it’s been a great couple of days and the weather has been magnifique! I’m sitting at the airport writing this last entry for our trip because we got back from dinner too late last night.
Our last day…. what can I say. I stayed up late the other night with the blog and Faceboook and got many nice responses on the pictures from Tielt and Lokeren – in fact, I got responses as I was posting them. We really had a great time and enjoyed the entire time. As a result, we got up late this morning and didn’t hit the streets until 10:30. Anyway, it was a beautiful morning and I captured some great pictures as we went from the Champs-Élysées, to the Left Bank, and back to the 9th arrondissement. Here are a few:
We rested a bit and then got ready for dinner. We couldn’t do the special birthday dinner for Rich on Monday because most of the high end restaurants are closed on Monday. We had an outstanding dinner at Le Cinq which is in the Four Seasons George V Hotel – it was magnificent! The entire hotel is beautiful but the restaurant itself is a work of art – the service was superb and the food divine. We had the prix fixe and were there from 8pm until almost midnight! Wow – I think that’s a record for us. Here are a few pictures from the evening.
We had a wonderful vacation and it’s now time to get back to reality. This trip was very special in so many ways. We visited so many great places – Paris, London, St. Emilion, Mont St. Michel, Honfleur, the Normandy sites, Maastricht, Antwerp. We also had a memorable time with my family in Belgium. Monique and Eddy were outstanding hosts the entire time and attending the christening of Julie was also a highlight.
Monique, Eddy, Bart, Mariam, Sophie, Tom – heel erg bedankt voor een goede, goede tijd!
So now it’s the end of the story. There are many memories and some beautiful pictures. I hope that everyone who has followed the blog enjoyed the commentary and photos. I’ll end with a couple of night time shots of the Eiffel Tower – what a magnificent city Paris is. Adieu!
The trip from Paris to Bordeaux on the train was fairly uneventful. When we arrived at the train station, it took us forever to find the car rental agency. Then, of course, the car we had requested (one with GPS) wasn’t available. After lunch and a couple of comical episodes, we were able to exchange the car and were well on our way. It’s actually pretty funny… the car is a great diesel Peugeot, stick shift (they still make those?), and a navigation device that only offers directions in French. She has a wonderful voice so it makes the turns and roundabouts even more fun. The difference between straight ahead and turn right is “tout droit” vs “droit” – better pay attention or you might miss your turn. LOL
We arrived in Saint Emilion and checked into the hotel. Since it was Sunday afternoon, there were a ton of visitors (mostly French) in the small town – it’s absolutely beautiful! These are the views from our room:
And then a few more from the street below:
The town is famous, of course, for its noble wines but is also known for its macaroons…. haven’t tried them yet but it’s next on the list.
We had dinner at a very small restaurant in the village on a very steep inclined street – so steep I almost lost my balance on several occasions. Anyway, the dinner was great and we sat next to a couple from Cape Town, South Africa. We talked throughout dinner and found out that the husband was originally from Belgium – sorta reminded me of Hercule Poirot. Those Belgians are hiding in the most unusual places, don’t you think?
In closing, here are a couple of shots of the town after dark.