The Loooong Journey to Europe

We left home mid-morning, travelled one hour to Palmerston North Airport, one hour’s flight to Auckland, 4 hours 10 minutes to Melbourne (1 hour 45 minutes in the Transit Terminal), 14 hours 5 minutes to Dubai (3 hours in the Transit Terminal), 7 hours 10 minutes to Paris, half an hour into the city – et voila!  We had arrived! Ouf!

We travelled with Emirates and one thing I do love is the spaciousness of the seats.  It makes such a difference – especially as on both long legs we had a spare seat inbetween us!  That is most unusual these days.  The payoff is that I had chosen seats with a view unobscured by the wing, but obviously the last to be served meals!  And each time we missed out on our choice of meal, leaving at least one of us feeling disgruntled. So when we were handed our menus on the last leg, I politely mentioned that it would be good if we were not left until the last yet again – and hey presto!  Our meals of choice were delivered before ANYONE ELSE on the plane received theirs! With a nice little comment that as we had travelled so far and been so neglected, they thought we deserved better treatment!  Give that girl a medal!

The view from the bedroom looking over Boulevarde de Clichy

The view from the bedroom looking over Boulevarde de Clichy

Our chauffeur from a company called Navendis was waiting for us when we finally managed to collect our luggage, and took us to our lovely apartment we had rented in Montmartre.  We have stayed in this quartier before, just off Place Pigalle and in one of the oldest districts in Paris. The apartment is huge (110 sq.m.), twice the size of most other apartments for 2 to 4 people.  It is a Haussmann building, (Haussmann was the architect commissioned by Napoleon III to redesign Paris) with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows & doors onto the balconies overlooking the Boulevarde de Clichy and polished wooden floors. The area is vibrant, with lots of restaurants, cafes, crazy little boutique shops, and of course the Moulin Rouge!

The elegant salon in our Pigalle apartment

The elegant salon in our Pigalle apartment

SO here we are, ensconced in “our” home – but sadly only for 3 nights as we start our first tour on Saturday. Then we will be off to Reims and Epernay – wait for it!

www.navendis.com  – a great business taxi company, pre-booked and paid for on line.

www.waytostay.com/parisapartments/ –  Some great apartments to suit all tastes!

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