A NEW ADVENTURE BEGINS
Tomorrow we fly to Paris, France. As we did last month when we flew to Los Angeles as part of our family adventure of Disneyland and the Crystal Serenity Cruise we are staying at a hotel located on the site of our regional airport.
We take this approach when we have an early morning flight. Keith learned many years ago, while traveling extensively for business, that from time-to-time things can go terribly wrong which could cause significant delays getting to places.
We prefer being driven to/from the airport by private vehicle and schedule pickup much earlier then required in case something goes wrong with the pickup, drive or at the airport. We do have Global Entry allowing for Pre TSA✓.
With an early morning flight we would rather not have a driver pick us up so early in the morning when the driver might be sleepy and make a mistake (e.g., falling asleep at the wheel). We also reside in a community with thousands of deer on site who are out and about at night.
Our pickup was in the afternoon and the driver arrived to our house on-schedule. The drive was uneventful and we arrived to the hotel in less time then usual since traffic was light due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
Check-in was a breeze and the front desk person remembered us from last month. A view of the lobby.
We enjoyed dinner at the hotel and then watched a television series on Keith's computer using Hulu. We are in the fourth season of a show that has already completed its seventh season. Who would have thought five to ten years ago that we would be watching a television show on the computer rather then on the television at the hotel.
Tomorrow morning we will take the first of two flights as we make our way to Paris.
Before we close with today's thought for the day we wanted to let you know that we continue to update and expand our Cruising Matters Web Site. We created this site to share our love of travel and cruising. The information is designed for first time cruisers and those who are looking for other experiences such as taking a full World Cruise.
TODAY'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY........
We love to travel and are grateful for the opportunity to visit many places around the world. When we married forty years ago, we never thought we would travel as extensively as we have. We are truly humbled by these experiences.
Whether you travel a few miles or thousands of miles, there's much to discover. The key is open your eyes, focus on both small and large details, make time to smell the roses, don’t pre-judge others, and look closely at all that surrounds you including those items literally in front of your own nose.
Anne Marie & Keith
WELCOME TO OUR PARIS BLOG
Originally, we planned to spend a few days in Paris followed by a round trip Paris river cruise on the Seine.
Unfortunately, the river cruise was cancelled. Instead of cancelling the entire trip we decided to go forward and extend our stay in Paris.
Keith visited Paris for the first time in the early1990's on a business trip. We visited Paris for pleasure in 2003 as part of a post cruise stay with our family following our first Crystal Symphony cruise. We stayed at the Plaza Athenee and it was during the record breaking heat wave.
We will spend close to a week in Paris and plan to blog each day. We arrive to the city on May 31. We will begin to blog on May 29.
We hope that you enjoy our blog.
TODAY'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.....
This year marks 40 years of marriage and we plan to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. This included our recently completed family get-away to Disneyland followed by the cruise of the Golden State. We consider Paris to be one of the most romantic cities in the world which is one of the reasons we chose to visit.
Later this year we continue the celebration of our marriage by spending a few days in Washington, DC. This is the city where we first met, became engaged, began our marriage and where our two children; Jennifer and Eric were born.
Anne Marie & Keith