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Trip Report Flatlanders in Paris and the Kindness of Strangers

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After quite a bit of thought I decided to do a TR. It's not the best time I've had in Paris but it was Paris in gorgeous weather in spite of some glitches. Nice people made up for a lot.

We had very expensive tickets from a cancelled trip and time to use them was fast running out. We were leaving on Monday 9/30 and got a call on Sunday morning that our non-stop flight was cancelled. Managed to rebook in Economy Plus with a change of plane in AMS. It was very pleasant flight.

We decided to take the RER into Paris as we have done in the past with no problems. We each had a suitcase and a carry on. The train became more and more crowded as we approached Paris and we were concerned about our bags but made it and fought our way off the train at St. Michel. R said, "I am never doing that again. It was horrible." Remember that comment. It was a very long way to the transfer to the Cluny Metro stop and we hauled our luggage down the escalators, through the corridors and finally to the ticket booth where we filled our Navigo passes. As we were about to exit R could not find his ticket that would let him out the exit turnstile. It had come out of his pocket waaaaaaay back when he pulled out his glasses to look at the wall map. So back he went while I waited with the luggage. I watched people exit and watched even more of them simply open the glass panel that led out to the hall. I resisted the urge to break out into semi-hysterical laughter and then thought about whether to tell R or not.

He came back triumphantly with his (?) ticket found where he thought it would be. I simply nodded in the direction of the glass door panel. I decided it would be so much easier to exit with the luggage from there. He took it well. Now it was up the stairs and down the stairs. A young woman kindly took my suitcase down to the train platform. I was grateful.

We came up from the Metro at Maubert and the farmers market was in full swing. I love the markets and this was a good one. But it was too early to check into our apartment so we waited at a cafe until it was time.

The instructions for the apartment check in were to go around the corner from the apt, look for the key box attached to a pipe near the ground and put in a code to release the key. Bingo. We got the key. It was a short flight of stairs up to the smallest elevator I have ever seen. We sent the luggage up and we were in.

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