Hotel - Mercure Paris Opera Cusset
09.07.2010 - 09.07.2010
After arriving at Gare du Norde, it took an hour waiting in a queue for a taxi to our hotel. There was no mistaking that Paris was in summer!
Our hotel is 'quaint'. I chose it for its proximity to places I wanted to visit rather than for its charm (or its mixed reviews on 'tripadviser'). I was pleasantly surprised. Our room has been recently renovated. It's small but adequate and bigger than others I've used in Europe.
The bathroom was clean and white, the bed linen was clean and white AND so we discovered last night, the Louvre is at the bottom of the street. We found a little supermarket a short walk away so I've just started my day with juice, yogurt and fruit.
The hotel building is 'very, very old' according to a man at the front desk. "How old?" "Hmmm, I would say 18th Century." Sadly he couldn't tell me any more. There is a lift that fits one person and your luggage which is fine - better than dragging everything up the stairs! The old staircase with its wood and stained glass is deliciously spooky - I love old buildings.
Last night we went out for an early dinner and walk. We stopped and had a cool drink at one of the typical French bars that line the streets in this area. By 9pm I had faded. I'm normally a night owl but due to the fact that we'd been travelling for 2 days my body said 'sleep time'. I expected to be wide awake at 3am and start my day which is typical when I travel however I managed to stay in bed until 6. Comfy bed and pillows!
Time to start our day. Outside Paris is beginning to awaken. We're off to the Louvre for an hour and a half, then to do a loooonnnnggg 3.5 hour walking tour and we'll return to the Louvre for lunch and more paintings and sculptures. David sighs audibly.