12.05.2009 - 13.05.2009 -8 °C
Bonjour from Paris! We have now been awake for 24 hours, and are awaiting our flight from Paris to Shannon. We landed in Paris at 9am local time (midnight home time) and made a whirlwind tour of Paris. It was like the Amazing Race, getting through customs, deciphering the automated train kiosk, and taking the train into central Paris, popping up in the shadow of Notre Dame, searching for a cash machine so we could get an espresso and a nutella crepe, then finding the Metro station to take us to the Eiffel Tower. The day was hazy and muggy, and we were tired from the flight and lugging our carry-on baggage along, but seeing Paris albeit briefly beat sitting at the airport watching CNN. This was definitely the most challenging day of the trip, what with travel and sleep deprivation and luggage hauling and foreign language, but matters will improve greatly tomorrow when we have had a full night’s sleep and use of a car to explore an English speaking country and enjoy libations at a pub! As for the rest of Paris, we will return to spend the night at the end of our trip, so see the “City of Lights” at its best.
As it were, we had plenty of time to watch CNN at the airport after all. Just as we were loading our bus to board the plane, all flights were grounded for a sudden storm, and we watched the lightning from the terminal for an hour. Finally we got to take off, 2 hours after our scheduled departure, and arrived Shannon Ireland at 10pm, making for an exhausted and tense drive to Adare Manor in the dark, on the wrong side of the road, grateful to collapse into our beds after 30 waking hours for 10 hours of sleep. I didn't anticipate this entry to have so much excitement as everything went well in Paris. Too well. We knew that an uninterrupted itinerary was too good to be true! Just hope we've exhausted our bad luck for the rest of the trip!