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Report 1939: Chateaux, Rillettes, Sunflowers, Mistral and Tour de France Triumphal Finish

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2011

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photo by my husband

St Michel metro

We left Bandol early on Saturday morning. After completing the cleaning of the apartment we walked to the train station, where the employee offered us a discount for traveling with a kid. I couldn’t buy the ticket, as the machine wasn’t working. We arrived in Marseille one hour before our TGV, so we had time for a coffee and a croissant.

Our TGV was on time. Our e-tickets were quickly verified. Three hours later we were in Paris, and took a taxi to our hotel Eugenie in the 6th.

Hotel location is very good for visiting all monuments on foot or by metro (less than 200m from hotel). It was easy to connect to airport CDG using RER, despite the St-Michel RER station access being closed and relocated to Cluny Sorbonne metro station for construction. Personnel were generally nice. Bathroom has been renovated. I like this style of old building with high ceilings, French balconies. The area is full of restaurants, bakeries, a supermarket and stores.

Problems with our reservation: I had reserved several months in advance for a triple room, and got a promotional Internet rate of €140. The condition was I would be charged penalties if I canceled less than 48 hours in advance. We were in France for one month before coming to the hotel. In the mean time my credit card had changed my information. I tried to contact the hotel by email, but the access was bad where we were located, so I phoned the hotel to confirm our arrival and to ensure our reservation was okay.

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