Nous nous rencontrons
19.12.2011 - 20.12.2011 8 °C
After taking the train back to Paris and a Metro to the 11th arrondissement, we went to the apartment that I had booked in République. The housekeepers let us in and after some heavy duty French conversation work, I was able to obtain an extra key, find out about wifi access and negotiate when the flat would be serviced.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the password for the wifi and this was not helping with the mild panic that was developing within me due the fact that Fran hadn't arrived at the address as planned. She was traveling with a keenly priced Polish airline and I wanted to check airport arrivals in between walking to the two nearest Metro stations to stare forlornly into their exit points. Eventually, the doorbell rang and Fran's voice came across the intercom which was a relief. Her flight had been delayed in Warsaw for a couple of hours and it was great to finally have her jet lagged little presence with us.
I eventually sorted out the password issue after a French phone conversation with one of the owners. It is quite surprising how much necessity improves proficiency in these situations. I also did the Dad thing and sorted out a SIM for Fran's phone and with this and the French prepaid I bought for Sonia, we are all fairly telecommunications intensive. Needless to say, we haven't needed any of it yet.
We spent a couple of days revisiting some Paris locations as well as cafes and restaurants that Fran's French work colleague in Hanoi has recommended. A highlight on our second day here was a visit to the Catacombs. Amazing what can be done underground with a pile of bones.
It seems that the weather is going to be a little rainy so we may be using the Metro more than the Velib.