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Nothing like an overnight flight to wipe you out. We cheated and booked a shuttle to get to our apartment.

rue Mouffetard, Paris

rue Mouffetard, Paris

May 11, 2019 — Day 2 (Saturday)

We boarded and flew for eleven-plus hours. Dinner was okay. Some of breakfast was okay but the outstanding moment of the flight was a Fudgsicle handout. They were great. Super crew; smooth flight. My bag came off early but Ed’s was nearly last. Then we called our shuttle and he picked us up as a rogue cab driver was trying to fleece a young couple. As we passed them, I quietly suggested they use a standard cab at the taxi rank. I hope they did. We drove to our apartment as I called and messaged back and forth with Alex, the manager. It all worked out.

We’re moved in and the rain has stopped. We walked up to La Fontaine Restaurant near Place de la Contrascarpe for dinner. Considering the weather, we ate inside. The 14 euro menu advertised outside became a 19 euro menu (weekend) and the 19 didn’t look as good as the 14 but we were tired so stayed and got it. Probably the worst meal we’ve had in Paris . . . ever! Tasteless salmon and sea bream duo with rice and overcooked vegetables. Literally no flavor at all . . . The bread was cardboard. The saving grace was the ice cream that was delicious. They were very friendly though . . .

After supper we walked in the rain to St. Medard for Mass. It will be our church for the month. Nice organ and friendly folk. During the offering we noticed you can make your offering by credit card. They actually have a credit card basket. After Mass we walked home hoping for sleep . . . lots of sleep . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 08:44 Archived in France Tagged flights cdg shuttles

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I think St. Medard was in Les Miserables, wasn't it?

by Nemorino

Sleep tight.

by alectrevor

Hi Don. Indeed, it was mentioned in Les Miserables. I had forgotten. We've gone there before as they have a 6:30 PM Mass on Saturday evening so we can go to that and plan a day trip out of Paris on Sunday . . . or sleep late.

Thank you Alec. We did. Jet lag had taken hold.

by Beausoleil

I love the area around the Place de la Contrascarpe but what a shame about that awful meal :(

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah. We were so tired it almost didn't matter. We had walked up the entire rue Mouffetard in the rain and didn't find anything open that late for lunch (or early for dinner) and this place was open and looked great. They were very friendly and welcoming; the food just wasn't good. I never can eat the breakfast on the plane so we were hungry.

We usually stay at the bottom of rue Mouffetard so aren't that familiar with Place de la Contrascarpe. The little fountain at the other end along with St. Medard Church and the very fun Cave Bourgogne restaurant are favorites of ours. We probably should have walked back there to eat. Live and learn . . .

by Beausoleil

Making your church offering by credit card! Progress or what?

by irenevt

Hi Irene. We thought it was pretty funny. They had a little wicker basket set up with a credit card reader in it. It was a time waster though and not many people used it. Cash is quicker . . . ;)

by Beausoleil

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