In Paris!

Hi everyone,

Just pounding out a quick update from a shady internet cafe in Paris. We are fine and having a good time. Our luck with the weather appears to be running out as clouds rolled in today and there were light showers. Saw the Eiffel Tower today and we are going to try going up when its less busy. It was a long weekend in the UK so there were more tourists than usual.

Anyhoo, we are planning to visit Versailles and a few other sights before we fly out to Toronto on Friday. While leaving Europe will be sad, I am eager to use Canadian currency again!

Cheers!

Oxford

Yesterday Jo and I took a train out to Oxford and wandered about the town. One thing I am happy about is that we look so localized that people kept asking us questions they wouldn’t ask if they knew we were tourists… like, “Sir, do you need dental insurance?” Uh, no, I’m Canadian. It’s also funny that Jo and I keep mumbling, “Stupid tourists” as people slow down in tight high traffic areas and block everyone trying to leave the tube stations.

Oxford was brilliant and the weather eventually decided to play nice. The day started overcast and chilly but the sun broke through in the afternoon and warmed us up a bit.

The high spots for me were drinking in a dank enlgish pub and eating Indian in England and saying, “As hot as you can mate” and then downing the whole plate to their amazement. Still having trouble with the whole food costs in pounds… but we ordered a large ring donught for desert that was a cross between a huge bagel and a chocolate icing donught from Timmy’s. Mmmmm.

Anyways, we are off to the British Museum today so that should be fun. We are hoping to meet up with Kim who is letting us stay at her place this week for dinner and drinks which should also be a good time.

Tomorrow we leave on the Eurostar train for Paris. No idea if we will be able to get internet there so this might be the last post for a little while. I will try and post some more details and hopefully pictures once we arrive in Toronto.

Cheers

Update from London

Hi All,

So, as I said earlier, Jo and I have arrived safely in London, but it wasn’t a “smooth” transition. We took the Picadily line from Heathrow to Paddington Station and crawled up the stairs and down the street to Cravin Hill to the Hyde Park Premier London Hotel. We were promptly informed that there was “a problem.”

The staff explained how there was a problem with the electrics in the rooms and we would not be able to stay there that night. They offered another location and said they would get a taxi and cover all expenses for us. The problem was that it was way out in Zone 4 and our Oyster passes for the tube only cover Zones 1 and 2. We explained this and said that this solution was not acceptable for us.

They then put us up in the Comfort Inn Kensington and it was definitely closer, but a bit of a step down on the quality side. The deal was that would we stay there for two nights, after which the problem was to be sorted and we could return to the other hotel.

During our time at the other hotel we managed to get out to see the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Both were very interesting and visually stunning.

Yesterday we switched hotels and found something interesting. While the look and style of the Hyde Park location were supperior, the functionality of it was lacking. There was a towel rack in the bathroom that warmed the towels… the problem though is that it is extremely hot and burns at the touch. There is no way to turn it off and it is hard to avoid bumping into! Not cool! Also, the lights don’t work unless you slide you keycard into a special slot by the door. Never seen that before anywhere. There was a fridge provided, but it didn’t cool worth a darn and it produced a ton of heat for your trouble! I ended up unplugging it. The air conditioner didn’t go below 18 degrees, which really ended up heating the room rather than cooling it! Sigh. We liked the cheaper location better! 😉

Anyways, we are now living at our friend Kim’s place in Chealsea near Sloane Square Station. It is a very nice neighborhood and the flat is very nice.

Alright, that’s enough for tonight. Using borrowed time on Kim’s flatmates lappy so this will have to do for now.

Cheers!