We had our last free English breakfast in our hotel. I tried Cafe Au Lait first. It’s half milk and half coffee coming out together in two different pipes. Then I tried Chocolatte. The machine had milk and chocolate alternating from the same pipe. Sugar was pre-added. I had tried five different drinks in three mornings.That’s the most variety I had in any hotel.
The weather was so nice that we had beautiful sunshine and blue skies for the past two days when we were out doing sightseeing. We were really lucked out. It was cloudy with a little drizzle today though but it didn’t affect us much since we’d be mostly indoors.
We caught a taxi to British Museum for £12. We had to go through a security check point with our luggage first. The museum was packed with people. There was a luggage storage area as well as a family luggage storage area in the basement. After we rode the elevator and arrived to the area, we found that we had to use cash but we didn’t have any. So we went back up to first level, found a corner in the lobby and lined our luggage together. Then Mr. Adventurer and I took turns watching the luggage and the displays in the museum. It’s a typical museum with many sections for displaying arts from different culture, region and time period. We bought a book for £6 in the gift shop as contribution since there was no admission cost.
From British Museum to Eurostar station should have cost us £9.2 but the credit card machine on his taxi was broken, the driver charged us £15 and said that he manually made the transaction and there’s more charges. If we paid US dollars it would have been $30, he said. We were ripped off, I just knew it. But we didn’t have time to sort it out at the moment.
We had to go through a long line for security check. Next up was the England custom booth to turn in our forms for exiting. Last, another booth for entering France to have our passport stamped.
We found several seats in the waiting area. I bought three England chocolate for £11.97 at £3.99 each in WHSmith convenience store as souvenir and gift.
For Adventurer Jr.’s lunch, we bought a sandwich meal with a little bag of chips, a drink and a sandwich that cost £3.99. We also bought four bottles of Still Spring water at £1.5 each, that cost us £6.
Our train was late by 40 minutes. It finally departed at 2:10 pm. Eurostar train tickets cost us £56 per person. Total was £280.
We found our seats, stowed our luggage and settled down.
We ate, rested, and looked out the window for country views. We had no idea when the Eurostar passed the English Channel.
We arrived at Paris Eurostar station at 5:35 pm. We were queued up for taxi after exiting the station. There were no uniform, nice, and efficient taxi cars like in London. The cars were smaller models of Toyota, BMW, and they couldn’t sit five. We had to wait for a bigger SUV. We looked out as the driver was taking us to our hotel. We felt that Paris was more crowded and disorganized than London. It cost us €18.5 to get to Hotel Du Louvre.
Wow! Hotel Du Louvre was very grand.
Hotel Du Louvre was a nice piece of art in itself! It was probably the best hotel that we’ve ever been to. The only other hotel that could compare to this one was the Marriott we stayed in BeiJing, China in 2013.
We walked to the elevator in the back. A lady with American accent told us that she lost her wallet right after arriving at the airport. What a bummer! We wished her luck in finding her wallet and let her ride the elevator up first because the elevator was rather small.
Our rooms were huge and nice. They had marble sinks, bath tubs, and floors. They were furnished with antique furniture. They also had big walk-in closets, nice hallways, little bars, and antique floor windows. The rate for one room was €600 per night. And it’s right next to The Louvre.
After admiring the rooms, we walked out the hotel looking for a restaurant to have dinner. We finally decided to eat at Le Thermidor. It’s a small restaurant. They served free tap water in an old wine bottle. That’s a nice and cheap idea to add a little romance. There’s a flight of narrow stairs leading to the basement where bathrooms were located. When we were waiting for our food, Adventurer Jr. III didn’t see the staircase and fell. He got a big bump on his head to right side and bruises above his right ilium. We asked the waiter to get us some ice for his head. We were so lucky that nothing severe and emergent had happened to Adventurer Jr. III.
Dinner at Le Thermidor cost us €84 euro including €7.64 tip. The tip was included in the bill. Good thing that we read it before leaving tip again. The expensive food wasn’t that good.