Planes, Trains, Automobiles...and a Bus.

Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
Trip End Jul 27, 2007

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Friday, March 9, 2007

I kind of knew Thursday was going to be a long day of travel.  I wanted to get directly to Caen, France in the Normandy region all in one shot.  My flight was scheduled via Frankfurt to Paris from Barcelona.  When I originally booked my tickets I chose Frankfurt for only one reason - I wanted to have a frankfurter IN Frankfurt.  I am also planning on stopping in Hamburg for a hamburger...mmmm...

The day before I left I found a cheap €13 train ticket to Caen from Paris on the 7:07 train..only problem was it was a non-refundable web deal and my connecting flight from Frankfurt arrived at 6pm, giving me an hour to get from the airport to the train station, not to mention get my bags and get through the airport itself which can take upwards of twenty minutes at larger airports.

When I checked in I found an earlier flight out of Frankfurt that left at 3:45 and would give me an extra fifty minutes in Paris, enough time to hopefully make the connection.  I got a ticket for that flight but it meant only a ten minute connection in Frankfurt and no chance of eating a frankfurter in Frankfurt due to the time restrictions and the fact that I had to haul ass from terminal B to terminal A to make the flight.  

I was sad.  No frankfurter for me.  Until lunch was served on the plane...and it was a frankfurter..I was a happy man.

I ended up getting to the Paris train station with only ten minutes to spare but I did get on my cheap ass train to Caen and saved myself a little over € I was happy..especially when I still got my frankfurter.

I left for the Barcelona airport at just after 10am and got into my hotel in Caen (no hostels in the winter) just before 10pm.  ouch.

Caen is a nice, smaller town about 15kms from the coast and Courseulles-sur-Mer, the landing site Juno Beach for Canadians during D-Day.  A few bars around my sweet 1-star hotel but not much nightlife that I could see. 

By far, the best part of the hotel was the TV and the one english language chanel it got...a UK station called "Tiny Pop"...lots of Berenstain Bears and other kids cartoons.  very nice.

Besides meeting a couple drunk french girls outside a bar by the hotel I didn't spend too much time in Caen, I used it as a base to visit Dieppe and Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer instead.  But, they did give me the best quote of the trip, so far...

"You may have a very good english accent but we know you are frenchman!"
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