Charles DeGalle Airport is quite huge. I believe there are 3 main terminals and each of those has ... sub-terminals. After whooshing thru customs, except for the slight delay by my wife showing her expired Spanish passport, we went out to get our luggage and then look for the Roissy Bus. The Roissy Bus runs from the airport to L'Opera, a main square in Paris. Since the airport is quite a ways outside of Paris, a taxi is pretty expensive, and even the Roissy Bus cost 13.70 Euros, one way. After a short wait, the bus showed up and we were on our way. I had already found out how to get to the hostel, since I'd asked them in an email, but I let myself get convinced to try a different way when I told the lady at the metro sales counter I wanted to get to Port d'Ivry. She told us to take Metro 7, so we bought two tickets and away we went. After a long uncomfortable ride, since my wife couldn't find her face mask, we reached Port d'Ivy and started asking how to get to Rue de Patay where our hostel was. In hindsight, we could
have taken Bus 27 like the hostel had recommended and probably been more comfortable. We finally found our way to the hostel, after a brief bathroom and coffee break at a local cafe, and found out that check-in wasn't until 3pm. It was 10am at the time! We were allowed to leave our bags there though.
We wandered around for an hour or so, then returned to the hostel, and tried to take a nap, but that didn't work. So we went out again, this time for lunch at Cafe La Pacha just down the street. Manoli had a plate of assorted cheeses and I had a beef filet with French fries (literally!). Unfortunately, my filet was tough and the French fries were mostly crispy. Since it still wasn't even 2pm, we decided to wander down a main side street for 30 minutes or so, then turn around and come back. We saw an unusual building that looked like it had sticks randomly stuck on it, another building that looked like it was pieces put together off-balance, and then we strolled along the river Seine for a while. We headed back to the hostel and arrived just at 3pm.
We had no trouble checking in and found our room on the 2nd floor (3rd floor by American rules), unpacked, and we took a much needed nap. After our nap (I think Manoli took one), we decided to try to work on shipping our piece of luggage down to Chipiona. Supposedly the UPS would do it for 50EU, but the first address we found was not really a shipping sight, and the second told us that they could ship it, but we'd have to do it online, and then bring the luggage back there. Weird! Well that didn't work well because of the complexity of their website, so Manoli found a nearby French Postal Service and checked it out. Yes they could ship it, but the luggage was too big, so she bought two chest-type boxes to put our clothes in. Tomorrow, we will bring them back full.
We stopped on the way back in a supermarket for some dinner. Manoli found a salad and I got an interesting looking cheese sandwich and a couple of tiramisus. After dinner, we decided to take a much needed nap. We originally planned on visiting the Eiffel Tower at night, like 10pm
or so, but the nap turned into a long, disturbed night's sleep.
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