Peter's version - he posts at last!

Trip Start Dec 11, 2011
Trip End Jan 07, 2012

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hotellerie St Yves

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Peter is posting at last. We are enjoying travelling in France in winter. Pure magic this morning as we pulled our cases up the narrow road from our 1000 year old accomodation Maison St Yves, rounded the corner to the morning sun splashing across the East facade of the Cathedral. Ancient silent and peaceful carved figures looking down on these Aussie pilgrims, scarved and gloved for the journey (Jeanette looking so so Frenchy in her maroon beret). My favourite was John the Baptist on the west side, even before we heard on our audio guide that it was perhaps the best example of relief carving of the 13th century (12th?) My big disappointment was not climbing the clock tower - my first trip to Europe cured me of the height thing. What a beautiful city; it may feel different in high tourist season.

Jeanette has referred to our technological challenges. I recharged my new Orange SIM card this morning at the train station newsagent; amazing what you can do with a few words and impersonations of Marcel Marceaux. The reason I needed to recharge was that despite having what I thought was a reasonable €20 at installation of the SIM, the fifteen minutes between the Orange shop and sitting down with our macaroons I had tried to access the Internet, and voila - down to €1 credit. Magnifique - non! We had been warned about ridiculous Internet costs... So, having ditched the UK's O2 card because of similar instantaneous emptying of roaming account, I will need to be careful with Orange. I'm close to going technologically naked, but the option for emergencies is good, at least that is what we accept as the norm now. The Europeans are on notice to sort this out by the next time we come - we have heard that the European parliament is drafting up the framework to make it all happen seamlessly. Will there be a Euro zone the next time we come?

The waiter at our restaurant last night - La Vieille Maison - gave us a book for our journey, a guide of restaurants and hotels, but all based around the Chefs - their smiling photos, their specialties and the price range.  Gastronomy rules here. The listing for that Chartres experience tells us that we ate in a 14th century house and the vault and fireplace we admired was 9th century. I had commented to Jeanette that the wooden frames looked petrified, but that could have been me waiting for the bill. We did the set price menu, and yes the food was exquisite, but I note that the book lists the Paris restaurant near our accommodation when we get there has a price range of €85 - €250. Bon chance.
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Michael on

Wa hey! A post from Dad :-) Love it.

Almost time for Paris!

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