Troyes here we come

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 06, 2010

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Flag of France  , Champagne-Ardenne,
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Got up early this morning (04:30) as it was so hot I couldn't sleep anymore, so I finished packing and getting the apartment ready before leaving Paris. Today we pick up our Renault lease car and start our journey across Western Europe beginning with the medieval city of Troyes. We all had a bit of breakfast to clean up the leftovers before grabbing a Taxi and going to the Euro drive at the Orly South Airport and picking up our car. Our landlord was not on time this morning as he didn’t think it mattered since we weren’t flying in so he was an hour late, this got us all off on the wrong foot and now we had to contact Renault, as there is certain times to pickup vehicles, so we made him call and explain the situation and there was no problem. But, there was a problem with our Taxi when we told him where we wanted to be dropped off at, and his reply was, I don’t have an address so I am not going there, I will drop you at the airport, which he could barely do without us giving him some help.
We got our car, which is a Renault Grand Scenic and headed on down the highway, it’s really cool, there is no ignition key, and the doors lock, and unlock by themselves as all they give you is a card with a sensor in it and it does the rest. You press the start button, making sure it’s out of gear (standard) and the parking brake automatically releases and applies itself. There are many other gadgets to numerous to mention so I will carry on with the story. The trip from Paris to Troyes is only about an hour and a half and the motor way is set up for 130 kmph so it doesn’t take long to get here. It’s a good thing we got out of Paris today as its Bastille Day and everyone is getting ready to party which makes it more pleasant to be in a smaller centre. We are situated almost downtown in a little hotel with a spiral staircase (no elevator) and our window is situated in the direction of all of the fireworks tonight at 23:00 hours and I hope I can stay up to watch a bit before turning in. The city is a photographer’s paradise as there is so much to see and not enough time to view it all, and I plan on going out for a few night shots this evening to round out the day. History buff’s would have a great time here too with all of the cathedrals and medieval buildings that they have to offer.
Tomorrow we are off to the Black Forest for three days and will hit the spa’s and do some wine tasting and adventure into Switzerland for a bit too. Till tomorrow, it’s Au revoir.
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