Who knew I would be returning to France so soon? When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance! Megan (Darcy's best friend) and I have just arrived in Paris after a 10 1/2 hour flight. We were more than ready to get off of that plane! The seats had seemed particularly uncomfortable, and even though it was an overnight flight, neither of us could sleep.
As the plane began to make its final approach, we were treated to a view of the Eiffel Tower. What a lovely beginning to our French vacation!
It did not take long for us to retrieve our luggage. We easily found the shuttle I had reserved for our ride to the train station. The trip there took about an hour, due to road construction. We hurried to a kiosk to purchase our train tickets, and managed to jump onto the train with two seconds to spare! It was a beautifully warm and sunny day; perfect for travel.
Darcy and Mathieu met us at the train station in Orléans, and it was wonderful to see them both. For the sake of convenience, we had decided to stay at the Ibis Hotel across from the Gare de Orléans. It was a pretty good deal, since I had made non-refundable reservations in advance for a super-low rate. The hotel was quite satisfactory. The rooms were a bit small, but the furnishings were clean and new, and the bathrooms were spacious.
at the train station in Orléans, France
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at The Lodge for a nightcap. I was dreading a noisy bar, but this was actually a quiet place where we could indulge in conversation along with our drinks. By the time we made it back to the hotel, I was exhausted and ready for sleep.
Travel Tip: There is no need to obtain Euros in advance of your trip. Simply locate an ATM at the airport, where you will get the best exchange rate, and you're all set!