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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 2 of 24: Golden Rings on Our Way

photo by me

Pont des Arts

Once on the bus husband and son were sleepy, but I could see as we entered Paris the beautiful Montmartre streets. We arrived at the Opera and got off the bus. That area is beautiful. Even though we knew approximately where to go, it all seemed huge to us, les Grands Boulevards. As we were standing and watching street names, a woman approached us with the gold ring scam. We were aware and we both shouted at her very loudly. She went away. We had another episode of golden rings, and as a joke between us we said, "People are so generous there, they give you gold." As we were loaded with bags and waiting at a light to cross the street an old man approached, as he saw us hesitating with a map, and offered his help with directions. Probably he saw us with the woman. He was very nice, and confident we started to walk towards our hotel. It went well on boulevard de l’Opera, but then we had to take smaller streets. We finally arrived to our hotel: Opera Maintenon.

As we entered the reception, the woman there was very welcoming and efficient. I liked her a lot during our stay. I couldn’t find my reservation first, but she asked for my name and the pleasant news, our room was ready even though we arrived earlier.

We took the elevator to our room on the third floor. Even though I requested a room facing the street, we got a room on the courtyard, but were happy because the windows were original, huge and beautiful, but not isolated. The room was very clean and the bathroom was new.

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