Hotel Champs-Elysees Friedland
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I can't seem to find the original of this, written on scraps of paper at work soon after coming back when the details were still fresh in my mind, so this is a rewrite. Apologies in advance for missing details and poor anecdotes!
As far as Adam was concerned, he and I were all set for a weekend in London. He later told me that he thought I might have had a show or something up my sleeve, but never anticipated that we were off to France.
I got a lift to Chesterfield ...
... is Notre-Dame, the cathedral in the middle of river Seine (on the island, it took me a moment to find it even the island is not that big, but I came from another direction than I wanted. The entrance to the cathedral is free, but you have to wait in huge line of people waiting for the visit. Sadly I don’t have to stand in waiting lines :( (this is the first place I know I’ll want to visit next time, and not the last one…). As I’ll learn, this ...
... with Sartre and de Beauvoir, who are actually buried there, and found Alfred Dreyfus's grave, on which we placed a couple of respectful stones. Most wonderfully, we found my favourite grave in the world, that of Monsieur Charles Pigeon, the inventor of a reading lamp that was named after him. You might be wondering why such excitement over a grave, but if you look at the picture here, you will surely understand why. Who wouldn't be ...
... opened the back, there was already some luggage there. It took a bit of pushing on his part,but it all fitted! We got in, two ladies were in the back seat, so we sat in the next row facing back. Off course we thought the airport was the next stop, but that would have been too easy! Another stop, and two more ladies got in. He had to push their luggage on top of the others, and everyone had to hold their carry on bags! Eventually, and ...
... on Friday afternoon with a 15-minute official ceremony all in French at the "Mairie de Paris" where French law requires the couple to hold a civil ceremony. Family and close friends witnessed the exchange of vows and signing of documents. Congratulations to Marie-Helene and Gemma Ware!
The merry group made their way afoot to a local pub to give congratulatory ...