18.07.2011 - 18.07.2011
Our flight finally took off with not many passengers on board, so everyone moved seats and Phil was able to sleep all night on a row of five seats. The food was good but they didn't hand out any toiletry packs so I couldn't clean my teeth - they felt awful! I slept pretty well, but kept waking up and drifting off to sleep again.
We landed in Paris at about 6.30 am and proceeded through customs and immigration. It was a breeze. No cards to fill in - just stamp the passport and off you go!
I am very surprised (though I don't know why because we are in France), but no one speaks English! We finally found someone to help us and then we were on the train from the airport to Paris Norde and then to Amiens.
Because of line work, we all had to get off the train at Brettonville and take a bus to Amiens. Same caper as the UK in April - dragging bloody bags up and down steps at stations with no escalators or lifts.
Amiens is huge - a lot bigger than I expected. The hotel "All Seasons" is pretty average and our room was small and disappointing. We asked to be changed and were moved to the top floor in the attic with huge beams everywhere, but the room was huge. It had recently been decorated and was very nice, fresh, roomy and clean.
We went for a walk and it started to rain, so we ducked into a restaurant (Le Petit Resto) for a snack and ended up having a three course meal! Thank goodness for my French/English phrase book, because they couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak French. However, we ended up ordering a prawn and salad entree for Phil and a ham and salad entree for me. Then we ordered steak for Phil and supposedly fish with an au gratin crust for me. The steak was fine but my fish was like a fish stew - fish, scallops and mussels, all mushed up in gravy and served with rice! Yuk! So poor Phil had to eat it for me and I had the steak. We had some red and white wine and a delicious chocolate dessert that we shared.
The rain had stopped by the time we had finished eating so we walked around Amiens and went into the Notre Dame Cathedral. Just amazing. There is even a statue of Joan of Arc in there.
Walked through the lovely streets of Amiens on the way back to the hotel. Very pretty place.
Arrived back at the hotel and just sat on the bed to watch some TV before going out for dinner and of course, both fell asleep, missed dinner and woke up the next morning. The bed is huge and very comfortable - obviously!