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Travel Day - Reims, Paris, London

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We have a late checkout of noon, but the train doesn't leave Reims for Paris until 2pm, so I thought everyone would sleep in. It takes us longer than expected to finish switching suitcases and get out the door. It's nearing the end of the trip for Gwen and Rishaun - both a very happy and very sad day. They are ready to go home (and I am sending all of my cool weather clothes back with them). Rishaun misses his "normal" life but a long trip can be draining on anyone (especially with all the hops we have been making). It is surprising that everyone is up, checked out of the hotel before 11am. Though sometimes actually walking out is like hearding cats...

I thought we had a plan to revisit the Cathedral and such, but with less time and knowing that a sit-down meal takes longer, we split into groups again - some opt for a quick meal (those that had seen the Cathedral already). Judging by the pictures, I guess you know what I did. Afterwards, Rishaun gets one last gelato and enjoys a guy playing the steel drum.

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The train back to Paris is the nice one - reserved seating in first class, with room for our luggage. Gwen and Rishaun are off to the airport, will spend the night in London and then back to the states in the morning. It is a sad day indeed (for me), but they are glad to be getting back - yes, part of me would like to be returning with them of course... So our group is back down to 6 people now...

I didn't really know where in the city our hotel was - just in the city - but it turns out it is in the Latin Quarter - which has a really cool vibe (just walking to the hotel). We have a very nice conversation with the reception guy at the hotel - soccer in America kind of things, etc. After getting settled in our rooms, we venture out exploring without a fixed destinition in mind. I had seen a craft beer place, but we decided just to wander. Well, the beer gods were looking out for me I guess as the first place we wandered to was that very place :) They had a limited selection on tap, but a great selection overall. However, since they had no a/c or patio, it was just too hot. So, one and done. Phil was surprised by the bill, but in a good way - might have topped my "deal" from yesterday - 19 euros for 6 beers (and his was about 1/3 to 1/2 of that)...

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Given time, spidey senses were abandoned for google reviews... Kate found a local place with more cheep beer - 3 euro pints that we couldn't resist. Turns out, all of their beers are cheap, so we have to try a few.

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After a few, we separate between the comfy (PK) and the explorers (IDSG). We hike towards the water and Notre Dame - it is Ivan and Diana's first time in Paris and they are giddy with everything - and I grab some more shots of Notre Dame that I failed to get the first time around.

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Phil and Kate had enjoyed our local college pub a bit too much :) and retired early afterwards. We started looking for places for dinner for the rest of us. Ivan said the place directly across from our hotel was in the top 50 in all of Paris - definitely worth a try then! Ivan is his typical high-maintenance self - how is this dish prepared, what does it look like, etc, etc, etc - only thing is, he does not speak a word of French and is frustrated when he can't get all of his answers in English or Spanish (I find it hilarious personally).

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The meal is excellent and we even tried their homemade moonshine (best we could tell, that is what it was) - not recommended. But the lamb shank on quinoa with dried fruits is high-recommended and a nice end of the day.

Posted by M6-Greg 23:54 Archived in France

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