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Published: November 10th 2017
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We got up and went over to the Citadelle. It is mostly underground. It is a series of underground rooms that were used as bunkers in WWI. They have a cool car that you ride around in that helps explain what the soldiers were going through during the war. After that, we went over to visit the Cathedral. I can't believe that every town in this country has a huge Cathedral! It must have taken thousands of people to build these things and they were building them everywhere at about the same time, the 1200's. We looked around and visited the cloisters next to the Cathedral. Then it was time to head over to Reims. We dropped off the luggage and went over to the Museum of Surrender, which is where the Germans signed the surrender papers that ended WWII. They have kept the room exactly as it was when the papers were signed. It is part of a school in Reims. Students were leaving school when we arrived. I wonder if they understand the importance of that room to WWII. We left there and headed back to our hotel for the night. We got up the next
morning and drove into old town Reims to see our last Cathedral. Another magnificent Cathedral with a long history. The first Cathedral was built there in 401 A.D. The one we looked at was started in 1211. There are 2302 sculpted figures on the building. Many kings were crowned at this Cathedral, including King Louis IX, King Charles the VII in the presence of Joan of Ark, and King Charles the X. Most of the stained glass windows were destroyed during WWI, but a few still exist. They date from the mid 1200's. We walked around old town for a little while and then it was time to leave. We drove over to the airport, north of Paris and tried to find our hotel. CDG is a huge airport with roads going all over the place. All we had was the name of the hotel. It had NO address. We drove around and around and finally pulled into an Ibis hotel to ask them where it was. A very nice shuttle driver said to follow him and he would lead us to the hotel. He took us right to it. We unpacked the car and checked in. I tried to
print our boarding passes at the hotel, but the website said that something was wrong with my info and we had to do it at the terminal. Oh, crap! We decided to drop off the car first. They gave a little map on how to get to the leasing lot, but we could not find it. The GPS was no use as it called all of the roads at the airport as (unnamed road). We drove around for a while and finally called the leasing yard. They gave us some directions, but we came across a road with some cones on it and didn't know what to do. We found a car wash and went inside and asked the guy how to get to the leasing yard. He said to go down the coned off road and turn right. I told him the road was coned off. He said" just drive around them". So we did and there was the place. The shuttle driver took us back to our hotel, which was less than a half mile from the leasing yard. Go figure. We then went over to the Terminal to check in. CDG is the worst airport in the
world!!! We couldn't find American Airlines check in desk and there are no signs anywhere. We got conflicting information from different people. We finally found it and there was nobody there. I checked in on a kiosk and had no problem. Stacy, meanwhile found a janitor and asked him about checking in. He said to go down to British Airways and check in there for American Airlines. What a bunch of crap! Anyway we got it done and went back to our hotel. Tomorrow morning at 11:30 AM we fly out of here and to Dallas, then to Sacramento.
Well, 5 weeks, 6,100 km, (3700 miles), many sights and some tribulations and another trip is in the books. Thanks to everyone for the comments, we love them!
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