Surely May in the UK and Europe will be warm enough that we won't be needing cold weather clothes! We are definitely 3 now as Sue has joined us and we're all madly counting the days. I've got Sue added to our free walking tour in Paris and Brussels and have requested, but not yet received, an additional ticket to the Ceremony of the Keys.
Planning is progressing well and all our hotels are also booked
The Castleton near Paddington Station in London has a triple room consisting of twin beds plus a sofa bed. The fight is already on over who gets that sofa bed...seems everyone wants it! This hotel offers a "full english" every morning included in the price, and of course, wifi so I can blog throughout our stay.
In Paris, it will be the Hotel D'Espagne which offers a triple room with three single beds. Knowing how small the rooms are in European hotels, I'm certain there won't be room for much more than the beds! Although they offer free wifi, our price does not include a breakfast. You can purchase the breakfast for 8 E/person. From what I've read about the offering, we will likely take a pass on this and venture out to the various cafe's and bakeries. Now, this was not the hotel I had originally selected. That was the Hotel Crimee. Why did I change my mind you ask? Well, a couple of reasons really. I learned that the D'Espagne is an equidistance from the Gare du Nord, where our train will arrive, as the Crimee. Both are 8 minutes away, but D'Espagne is 8 minutes CLOSER to the center of Paris, where the Crimee is 8 minutes further away. They are both near a Metro station, so that wasn't an issue
In Brussels I have the Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand Place. This hotel is practically IN Grand Place, and that is the area we want to be in Brussels. Unfortunately, Brussels hotels don't seem to offer triple rooms that actually have 3 beds in them. Here we have to live with 2 double beds and free hot and cold breakfast buffet. Wifi is not free, so blogging will have to be done from a local cafe or bar.
Lastly, we have one final night in London before heading for home. For this night I opted for "cheap and cheerful" near the St. Pancras station where the Eurostar arrives and departs. This hotel is called the Carlton and offers a room with one double and one twin bed, free wifi and an included "full english" in the morning
A lot of our entertainment has been booked. We had the Book of Mormon already arranged and have added the Phantom of the Opera to our repertoire. This is the 28th year for Phantom in London, so you know they've got it right by now!
Unfortunately, I just got word yesterday that our free fashion show in Paris is not going to work. It was reported to be held every Friday, but it seems they must have changed their schedule to every second Friday. They offered me tickets for the week before and the week after we are in Paris...but the Friday we are actually there...no fashion show. Oh well, it's not like we haven't got a thousand other things to do! I'm now on the hunt for Moulin Rouge tickets. They, however, won't be free!
Next on the schedule is booking our train tickets. I've been advised by a friend who was born and raised in London that to book the Eurostar as soon as possible as the London to Paris trip, in particular, tends to be very busy.
Fifteen weeks and counting!
Three Little Kittens Who Won't Be Needing Mittens
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada