Saturday, August 29, 2009

Travel Log #4 London to Paris

Saturday, June 20, 2009
NOTE: Be sure to click on these photos to enlarge... to get the true impact of color and scale...

From St Pancras International Terminal, after changing some currency to Euros, we took the Eurostar train via the chunnel to Paris.
We could not ask for a more comfortable ride and before long we were at the Garre du Nord, Paris. A short while later our driver dropped us off at the Arioso Hotel on Rue D'Argenson. The hotel is a traditional 19'th century establishment and as such is very small with five floors and only three rooms per floor. We were at the top and the view was terrific. Light cream colored limestone buildings with tarnished copper rooftops with that distinctive faint patina could be seen all around.
After we settled in, we took a stroll down to the Galeries Lafayette on Blvd Haussmann. This is a huge shopping destination situated in some very historic and architecturally beautiful buildings. It is just about the only place on earth where the perfume counters are located under an amazingly ornate stained glass dome with massive opera size wings on all sides. Breathtaking.
When we got back, it was very late and we ordered room service and were pleasantly surprised by the delicious toasted breads, camemberts and variety of cold cuts. It all went very well with a couple of Carlsbergs.

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