The reception is now closed, okay?
Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
20Trip End Apr 29, 2009
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Let's catch you up on the end of london! Some highlights were the changing of the guard at buckingham palace, tower and London bridge, stopping traffic to take a picture on abbey road (the wrong direction though, whoops!), riding a double decker bus, and ate Indian food and a cadvury egg mcflurry! The next day we left the protestors of the g20 behind and headed to Cambridge! We toured the college and hung out in the mArket. The next day we headed to Dover castle and wartime tunnels. We had a little workout while we were there because they had no where to put our backpacks, so we liked the hills for about three hours with our beasts on our back and then hiked to the ferry at the bottom of the cliff. Then the fun started... We arrived at the train station with plenty of time to cTch our train that arrived on our next destination (bayeux, Normandy) at 11pm... The problem was that this train did not exist. We don't know how or why, it just didn't. We do know that theftsnch train info ladies hated us. We also know that the next train did not arrive until 4 freaking in the morning! So katy calmed kallie down and we sucked it up and headed out! After a layover in very sketchy, no bathroom, no food Paris train station, we got on our train and arrived at 4 only to--- you guessed it--- get lost! After calling the poor hotel, twice, we made it to our room. Yet, we soon found that it was too frigid to sleep. Early the next morning, kallie headed to a d-day tour which she found fascintating! She went to Utah and Omaha beach, punt du hoc, and the us cemetary. It was sobering and i teresting! Katy began the day by antique shopping, coffe drinkig, cathedral looking, botanic garden visiting, and a two hour walk to omaha beach. Unfortuantelt she never made of torhw beach, she got within site, decided she was close enough and went back to the hotel! That night, we had disappointing crepes by another frnch lady who didn't like us. We then asked our hotel man why our room was so cold. He said it was because eeyone was sleeping but we were awake and told us we,d be okay (please add a strong French accent to this). Later we again told him our room was still freezing. He asked us if we turned the heat on. So, note to self, heat isn't automatically on in France, we were just dumb American girls who didn't realize we hadto do something ourself. So we spent the first night in 30 degree weafhwr without heat... Later that night, while enjoying apple cider and baguettes in a ridiculously warm room(the hotel man turned o ou heat for us and may have cranked it all the way up) we called the receptio desk to ask where the plugs were because kallie couldn't find a single one in the room. After not understanding what a plug was, he fold us I'd was behind the light (granted the light were mounted with no wire or plug near them)... We think he thought we wanted to know where the electricity was coming from because we asked about the electric plug. He was frustrated with the American girls, ESP katy who was on the phone with him, and said "the reception is now closed,okay?" Aka please stop asking me dumb questions, okay?
Today we came to the Loire valley in amboise. We almost made the trek without a hitch, until we got to a stop which was the time our stop was supposed to come. First mistake: trains can and do arrive late- contrary to what katy thought. Mistake two; listeningto the loud speaker that we cant understand a word of except the word amboise, the third mistake: getting off the train without lookin at the sign. After these three poor decisions, we got off the train, realized we didn't see the name amboise anywhere. Frantacially ask a poor frenh man amboise? Ambonse? Non. We ran to the next open door on our train we just got off of. Jumped on, realized that there were tons of bikes blocki g the door, trying to climb over them win our bags, katy thinking her bag was going to get chopped off in the door, and kallie getting grease all over her pants. So basically what just happened was we did a Chinese fire still in a foreig. City around a train, only to get back into the same seat and rise to the next stop, which was in fact amboise- 15 mind late, but with a sign saying amboise on it. We arrived at the chateua stoked that it was beautiful, fancy, had a tub, and was very relaxing. We got some local wine and quiches, tools baths, lounged in slippers and bathrobes, and looked atthe Loire river and chateau outside our window!
We are off to sleep! We hope you all are doing well! We love and miss you!