I've been working on different tasks on my semi-massive to do list, some more fun than others. I leave Sept. 1st, and I don't have to be in my new gig until Sept. 7th, so I've decided to spend a few days in Paris. In 10 years of transiting through Paris-CDG, I've never spent more than a day in Paris. Usually if I have a long layover I take the very convenient Air France bus into town. I spent New Year's Eve 2001 in Paris only because Air France gave me a free hotel room and I met a friend of mine from Geneva in town. Now I'm spending a big FOUR days in the City of Light. At least now I feel a lot more comfortable managing in French. Since it's still the tourist season and I'm very cheap, I made a reservation at the 3 Ducks Hostel. Should be fun!
MoBob's move to the US is more complicated than mine, since he is submitting his immigrant visa application (thankfully he already has a 10 year multiple entry visa) and has to get a French visa (hopefully not a big deal since he's had several). He'll return to Morocco for a couple of weeks in December and then continue on to France to visit his sister's family near Montpellier. I told MoBob that he should wear his "I Love Little Rock" t-shirt when he goes through immigration in Atlanta. I worry a bit that the formalities will cause him to miss his connection but there seem to be a lot of flights to Little Rock.
It's a testament to our marriage that I could act out the Geico commercial with Little Richard and MoBob laughs. The multitude of Geico commercials was one of my few viewing pleasures in the US, and the ones with Little Richard, Charo, and Burt Bacharach were my favorites. And the weekend I left San Francisco MTV celebrated its 25th anniversary. I feel old.
I stayed at 3 Ducks a few years ago. It wasn't quiet, but the flip side is, there are always people around - I had plenty of insta-friends, which was important since I was by myself.
The best part for me was going to the corner grocery, buying baguette, cheese, and a bottle or two of wine, and sitting in the courtyard for hours at the end of the day shooting the breeze. I know they had problems with the neighbors since people stayed out in the courtyard late at night - let me know if it's still there!
I don't remember what the website said except that it's near the Eiffel Tower.... I thought about visiting other folks but since I'm bringing enough baggage (physical, not emotional!) for the next three months until my shipment arrives, I probably shouldn't stray too much from the airport. Next time!
fair enough! i can imagine loads of luggage would be a bit of a bummer for getting around. last time i stayed in Paris we stayed in bastille... that was a fantastic area to stay in. i've never tried out near the tower. hope it's fun!