Again Paris, and Friends !

Again on my updating but this time with a nice story on my trips to Paris. And there are a couple of pictures to boot! So I guess this would be the color series lol! Over the years away from Paris I have not really been away as was able to visit every month especially on my business responsabilities.

I have taken my Dad to the US for his trips to his sister several times, and me gone once to Florida. This trip to Paris had the double effect of taking him and get together with some new found friends now in FB with me.

It was a strategic trip as there was the Normandy invasion anniversary going on as well and avoided all the traffic jams. I had the opportunity as was dropping off my Dad to go into Paris proper with my boys. My father was leaving for Miami , Florida USA to visit his sister. Took him to Roissy CDG and of course why not the opportunity to see Paris again, alway Paris physically or in mind always there for me.

We drove as its the best way to travel me think. I know many come here to visit and use the extensive public transport we have at a great taxpayer’s support. However , doing it too especially on business trips and it is chaotic on many times. So the car is always there and who said there is traffic in Paris? I went again rush hour Friday evening and easy. Things have change for the worse thanks to local government.

No need to tell you about links as posted many of them already in my blog. Paris is a movable feast, we should be there at least in mind every day ,and if physical well you are Lucky. Don’t get me wrong Bretagne is gorgeous but so is France ! According to UN-WTO (World Tourism Organisation, United Nations) ,it is the most visited country!

I do not like paying tolls either so got me around them nicely and you see more, even if takes longer. We took 6h30m stopping for my father and to have something to eat. The route started on the N24 from Bretagne across to Rennes, and then the N136 and N157 to Alençon, connecting with the N12 to South of Paris, the A12 connector to the A13 autoroute de Normandie bypassing tolls and heavy traffic on the Normandy invasion 70th anniversary.

We arrive at our Ibis in Orgeval, off the A13, very convenience to get on the road again, gas station next to it. The hotel was booked online for 35€ per room, for two and three persons great for a one nighter to the airport. Besides we know this area well too see my posts on Orgeval and Saint Germain en Laye/Chambourcy.  Webpage:

The next day after a relaxing night, we headed for the Roissy CDG airport. My Dad was going direct on Air France to Miami Florida. Terminal T2F is very familiar with me as go thru it every month. We had our lunch at Quais de la Seine next to the Brasserie Flo restaurant on area 1. Very nice simple food at a good price; we ,also, purchase water and sodas at Boulangerie Paul more expensive.  He finally went thru security as we bid farewell to his almost 2 months vacation with his sister in Miami Lakes. Leaving thru gate L53, I drew a map and a note to make sure he finds his way in there. We than took the opportunity to pass by Paris.

I drove as I normally do, why such a fuss about driving in Paris. if you drive in any major city Paris is no different, I learned to drive in the NJ/NY border in USA so Paris is a piece of cake. I took the A1 down the gutter to porte de la Chapelle, but took the direction to Rouen and the boulevard périphérique to exit at porte de St Ouen, going on avenue de Saint Ouen to place de Clichy, avenue de Clichy left, then rue d’Amsterdam right to pass gare St Lazare(my old entry point to Paris) on to rue de Havre pass the Haussmann into rue Tronchet around the Pl de la  Madeleine to Rue Royale, left at Rue Saint Honoré to Rue Cambon right and left on Rue du Mont Thabor to one of my favorite parking the old New York Garage at Parking Tuileries almost at the corner of Rue Rouget de Lisle. Which found out no longer allows parking there.

And as we had planned a get together with some friends coming from California USA, that have exchange quite a bit on the now defunct Virtual Tourist travel site, and we had lunch at Café l’Impériale. It was nice to finally meet people we exchange travel stories in forums all over and finally the opportunity to see them in person.  Well, this is an old favorite as used to worked across the street and had my coffee breaks here, some lunches and had brought my father as well. This time I was with my 3 boys as well so nice to go out with them. I must say the service had no menu du jour because it was weekend..but the service was fast and attentive, the food we opted for our regular steaks brasserie style and the Affligem beers. Nice time again in Paris. Webpage:

We had an extended conversation after the lunch and bid farewell to the couple as they were staying a few days there and elsewhere in France on their vacation. We therefore, did a little walk around this area of so many years of souvenirs with this time my boys. And then ,we headed back home on the road again, the road warrior arrived home by 21h or 9pm. And now Sunday is here relaxing at home as we are,also, having Monday off as the Ascension Holiday in France.

It was a fund trip of taking my Dad and meeting travel forum friends of many years, the virtual became reality and we have continue to stay in touch. My Dad had a good vacation in Miami Lakes Florida and came back loaded lol!!

Hope you enjoy the post and maybe one day we can do the same from virtual friends in the wordpress blog and meet someplace someday; it would be interesting indeed. And thanks for reading these sort of updated posts of mine.

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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