By Sharon J from Texas, Fall 2010Highlights of two sisters as they visit Paris and take a night train to Venice, September 23, 2010 - September 27, 2010.
This trip report was originally published on SlowTrav.com.
Day 1 ... ArrivalI'm not too sure how great this trip report will be, as we pushed really hard, which is not something I normally do when traveling in Europe. The trip was geared for my sister, who is almost 70 and has never traveled outside of the U.S. We had five full days in Paris and I knew she would never return, so it was important that she see as much as possible.
Upon arriving in Paris, we checked into our apartment at 52, rue St. Andre des Arts in the 6th (St. André des Arts). My husband and I had stayed in this apartment once before. It wasn't quite ready, but they did let us freshen up and store our luggage. We were given the keys, which was nice as we wouldn't need to meet them again later in the afternoon.
Upon our arrival, we learned that there was a major strike going on and a lot of things, including the Metro and stores, were shut down. Fortunately, I had hired a private driver to pick us up. Our first stop was the SNCF Boutique on St-Michel to pick up our train tickets for our overnight adventure to Venice the following Monday. Thank goodness, they were open. We were then off for our boat cruise, followed by lunch and then a visit to St. Chapelle and Notre Dame. We were pretty exhausted and returned to the apartment and didn't leave again that night.