I tried a new pizza place, Oven360, in Leamington, Ontario last night. It opened recently. Probably in the last couple of weeks. We arrived around 7 PM. Driving up, the restaurant was unexpectedly crowded and patrons were lined up out the door. We decided to go in and have a look anyway. Surprisingly, the line moved quickly. The setup is similar to a Subway. You start at one end, place your order, and add toppings as you move down the line.
Having never been to England before and not wanting to drive in London, I decided to rent a car in Crawley, drive to the south coast and follow it west to the Dorchester area. Sounded like a better plan. We caught the train early enough in London and arrived in Crawley about 9:30 AM. In the rain. We grabbed a taxi to the car rental location. The car wasn’t ready when we arrived…
We crossed over the London Bridge and walked back to the hotel along the north side of the River Thames. We stopped along the way to get a better look at the infamous Tower of London. The Tower is one of the world’s oldest and most famous prisons. Originally built in the late 11th century as a fortress to protect London and a royal residence, it soon become the preferred incarceration site for anyone deemed a threat…
On our last day in Paris, we decided to forego the major attractions and just have a relaxing day. The idea of strolling through a local park away from the beaten path felt right after days of maneuvering through traffic and tourists. We discovered the Parc Floral de Paris was relatively close to our flat, and it had quite good reviews. It is one of four botanical gardens in Paris, and hosts major flower shows annually. The nearest metro station to the park is Chateau-de-Vincennes.
A visit to Paris would not be complete without touring the Palace of Versailles. Few places rival France’s Palace of Versailles for pure, unadulterated opulence. The splendour and grandness of the palace and gardens is unbelievable… The site of the Palace was first occupied by a small village and a church, and the surrounding forests were used for hunting.
Strolling along the River Seine is one of the most romantic things to do while visiting Paris. Take your time. Visit some, or all of the sites along the way. And be sure to wear comfortable shoes. This may be a leisurely walk, but it is not a short walk. To truly enjoy the many attractions, food, and atmosphere can, and probably will, take hours.
Our second day in Paris started early with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe. After grabbing a baguette and espresso coffee at Boulangerie Pátisserie Rosa, we headed to the Metro. In many respects, this is the most efficient way to get around in Paris. Getting to the Arc was easy for us. Just one Metro line from Ménilmontant to Charles de Gaulle Étoile.
If you have never been to Paris, the easiest and most efficient way to get around is by the public transit system. We opted for the Navigo Discover pass. Only €22.00. It’s good for a week and allows full access to the trains, metro and trams in and around the city. Our first trip was by train from Charles De Gaulle Airport to the Gard du Nord station. From there, we took the metro to the Ménilmontant station, which was a very short walk from the flat we booked for our stay.