Fly to Paris and settle in.

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End May 27, 2011

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Caleb woke me up early this morning to inform me that our flight was leaving an hour earlier than scheduled, so instead of leaving at 10.30am it was now 9.30am.  So we all got up hastily, as it takes quite awhile to get to the airport and your are supposed to be there a couple of hours early for international flights.  We did the last minute packing, woke up the Brown's to let them know and changed the taxi. The star of David's I had been stressing about had been in Alvin & Cindy's room, so I was greatly relieved about that.  We said our goodbyes to Kalim, and then to the Brown's and eventually our taxi turned up. It will be sad to say goodbye to them, we have all got on really well during the last few weeks and have become quite attached. Zander & Richard have now made a lasting friendship and are already making plans to catch up again. It was a reasonable easy trip to the airport, and pretty straight forward through customs.  I had a bit of a drama with a guy from Burger King - as they never seem to have what you order and keep trying to make you get something dearer.  Anyway we spent the last of the Egyptian pounds we had on food for breakfast and then wandered down to our boarding gate.  Everyone including us had been worried about going Egypt Air - but it was virtually a brand new plane, and it had everything you could think off - including foot rests which were really good - the video is all touch screen and was in English and Arabic.  We had an uneventful flight with all of us watching movies the whole way - about 4.5hour flight.  The food was nothing spectacular and most of us did not eat much.  We arrived in Paris right on time, and went through the virtually non existent customs area.  We had a big walk to find an ATM which was very different from Egypt where there are several in one block.  We then caught a taxi - the guy was really nice and although he told us he only spoke a little English he was quite easy to talk to - he pointed out lots of things for us, and got us to our apartment no worries.  The apartment is in the Bastille area - which is quite lively, full of restaurants shops etc.  It is similar to the one in London in that the front entrance leads straight on to a main road.  Here we are in the second building, so you go in the entrances through the first building, then through a courtyard and we are on the third floor of the second building.  The stairs are great, old wooden stairs, all polished and rounded.  The apartment is quite small, but well set up.  We had a greeter meet us there, and she explained how everything worked, and told us where everything we might need is locally.  They also have a book full of relevant information.  We settled everything in - it will be a bit of a squash and Abi once again will have to sleep on the floor :-( Then we wandered around the area, and found the supermarkets and bought some supplies for breakfast etc.  We ended up eating tea and a nearby shop that had yiros type meals, Zander had crepes and of course Abi had chips - Caleb had a kebab and I had a yiros.  After this we had a pretty early night - ready for a full day tomorrow.
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