Hi everyone, you may have already read that our trip Paris was not as successful as any other trip we have had there!
We had seen weather forecasts that warned us that it was going to colder than usual for the time of year until part way through out trip(we also knew that it was going to be colder in the UK too)
We opted for taking layers but hadn't taken hats, although fortunately had gloves and I had a couple of scarves.
It was cold when we left home and the journey to London to catch Eurostar should have been our warning! We were part of a small minority wearing face masks and the coffee machine on the train was broken. When we got to London we took the short walk to St Pancras station and the wind was very cold.
We did however have a very nice meal before we went to the Eurostar terminal.
We bought salad and sandwiches to eat on the train before we reached Paris and had a lovely welcome at our usual hotel before a comfortable night's sleep!
The next morning there was a beautiful sunrise over the rooftops.
By the time we were ready to leave the hotel the sun had disappeared. We had a plan to visit Coulommiers where hubby, when in his teens, had done some restoration work on the Commanderie in Coulommiers.
After receiving some assistance from an SNCF employee we had our tickets and boarded the train. A super modern train!
When the door opened the ceiling light changed colour.
Coulommiers was very quiet and very cold......
...but an attractive looking town
We were too late for coffee so we started to look for a place to eat. We had already passed one restaurant on our way from the station but confident that there would be lots more in the town centre we headed that way.
We did come to one but it only seemed to be serving beef or veal(no thank you)
The next place looked promising but on walking in there were lots of men around a bar and a couple more at a table eating - I didn't feel so comfortable with that so we finally settled on Italian
The tuna and tomato pasta was comforting and delicious...and huge!
Hubby had Cola and I had Tonic water.
I was willing the couple sitting here to leave before us.
The restaurant was quite full when we arrived but as it was warm we took our time!
By this time it had been raining!
We went to the tourist office to find which bus we needed to catch, only to find that the Commanderie was closed. Time to get back into Paris we thought. We spotted a church and thought we would take a look before heading back to the station.
Lots of Mistletoe in the trees - it must have been a good year for this parasite plant - there are lots in the UK too
Back in Paris - we had a little walk before going to a restaurant for a starter and dessert.
On our way back to the hotel we walked through this beautiful gallery.
A disappointing first day - but the next day there was a craft show to visit!!!
Thanks for looking, Chris
Note - blogger has had me scrolling up and down for ages putting gaps where I didn't want them and not allowing me to place photos where I wanted!