Paris - Day 8 - It's Time To Go Home
We enjoyed our final dinner in Paris and decided to dine in our room so we could relax and reflect on what a wonderful time we have had this past week. The decision turned out better then expected as a few times during the evening it became stormy between the rain, high wind, lightening & thunder storms and even some pea sized hail.
We started with the champagne the Hotel provided the day we arrived. It was well worth the wait.
As we ate we watched CNN to hear about the issue outside Notre Dame. On a related note a couple of days after our arrival, the hotel increased its security. They have gates that they closed limiting entry and exit to one entranceway. Two security personnel were posted outside the entryway including one with a security wand. While security is always in place at the hotel it was expanded following the recent incident in London.
After dinner we took a short break before we enjoyed what we in the USA call a Napoleon but in France it is called a Mille Feuilles. Anne Marie's first Napoleon was in Georgetown, Washington, DC which did feature many places with French Cuisine. After one mouthful, Anne Marie said this one was the best Napoleon/Mille Feuilles she has ever had. Keith agreed. Very tasty and fresh and the filling was absolutely delicious.
We got to sleep early knowing that we would be up early to get ready to depart the hotel. When we arrived to the lobby from the elevator we were immediately greeted by the concierge and the reception personnel by our surname. The bellman took our luggage. As soon as we settled our account the concierge came by to talk with us about our stay and in just a few minutes escorted us outside to the car.
We had the same driver who took us from the airport to the hotel a week ago. The drive took less then 30 minutes. The driver said at one point yesterday given the rain the same drive took two hours. We had V.I.P service at the airport as we did on our arrival. We had requested the same representative and he was there to meet us at the car upon our arrival. With his help we made it through flight check-in, and the other security checks in very short order. He escorted us to the airline club lounge. He offered to return at a pre-determined time to escort us to the gate. We thanked him for the offer but said we would be fine and thanked him again for his help.
We had a light breakfast at the lounge of cereal although there was lots of cold and hot breakfast items to choose from including eggs and crepes.
We were told that our gate was the furthest from the lounge and to plan on a ten minute walk.
We have stayed at many wonderful hotels throughout the years. Overall, we would say this was the nicest hotel we have stayed at. The room was impeccable and you couldn't find a scratch on anything. There were lots of little details including lights in all rooms that dimmed. The terrace with its wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower was amazing. The staff was exceptional at all levels and even with 100+ rooms you felt that you were at a boutique hotel.
We truly enjoyed Paris. It seemed more laid back from your typical city. The food was fantastic and that included those salads with fresh vegetables and other items that made it tasty and unique from most other salads you have when dining out.
The city has so much to offer including the museums and historical sites.
We are posting from our flight from Paris to the USA. This is a first for us. Thank goodness for technology.
TODAY'S THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY......
We hope that you have enjoyed our Blog and felt that you were part of the adventure. Our travels continue in September when we travel back to Washington, DC where we met, were engaged, lived following our marriage and where out daughter and son were born. It has been some twenty years since Anne Marie's last visit and fourteen years since Keith was last back there on business. We look forward to this trip to visit some sites from our past and to create memories which will last a lifetime.
Anne Marie & Keith