France Day 3: TGV, Bordeaux, St. Emilion

I found happiness in Bordeaux. It's quaint and much more "real" than Paris was for me. The TGV this morning was good but a bit less impressive than I had originally thought, but given that it's a much older high-speed rail system than most others, it was pretty great. It arrived 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

We took a small van tour to St. Emilion. It started with a visit to St. Emilion's catacombs and ended with a Bordeaux wine tasting of 6 reds, 2 whites, and 1 sweet. It was fantastic!

Today's photo shows where we and some of Peter's friends sat down at a café before heading over for dinner.

Quiche and other stuff for lunch. Salmon, foie gras, sweet peppers on bread (not all together) for dinner.

France Day 2: Versailles, Chinatown (First Attempt)

A few observations: I love how the sun doesn't set until 10 pm. And I hate how the trains and trams, etc. lack decent fresh air. It feels like there isn't any ventilation at all! There are several small windows though, but they're definitely inadequate. Finally, I like how fresh orange juice is a big deal here.

Today, we went to the Versailles chateaux and garden. We decided to rent bikes to explore the grounds faster, and it was probably the best decision of this trip so far.

On the way back, we went east to scout out the Parisian Chinatown without much success, missing the actual center streets by a couple of blocks. We will have to try again some time.

After some veal for dinner yesterday in Paris, I had some duck for lunch today in Versailles. I wonder what I should order (or accidentally order) tomorrow. A non-standard meat dish seems to be a trend so far. Let's see if I can keep it up. Fish in Bordeaux tomorrow, perhaps.

We need to wake up ridiculously early tomorrow to catch the TGV to Bordeaux! In retrospect, it might've been a little too early...

Finally, we did some groceries shopping and local food exploring in our local area. Baguette count is now up to 2.

France Day 1: CDG, Métro, Louvre

It took me a bit to figure out how to get out of the airport, but once
I did, the rest of the RER and Métro was easy to figure out. The food
on Air France wasn't more special than any other airline's food. Met a
snobby French couple on the plane; met a nice old American couple from
Florida while in the customs line. The Louvre is overwhelmingly huge,
and the building is gorgeously ornate. Paying a visit to Mona Lisa, as
required... check.