I’ve never found it easy to leave Paris. This city definitely owns some of my heart!
Last night I made the mistake of thinking I should go out to find some New Years action. Ugh, so sick still. Have almost no voice. Pretty sure I’ll be getting a cough in the next day or two, but for now my chest is just super tight. I took a series of metros (it helps to decide where you’re going ahead of time…) and ended up at the Hôtel de Ville. There is a skating rink there, although by that time everything was shut down. I then wandered down to Notre Dame. It’s really nice being able to see the city in the dark – when I’ve been here before it’s always been in late spring or summer, and the sun doesn’t set until late. Notre Dame was all lit up and there was a Christmas tree out front, and a folk-type band playing.
I eventually made my way back to Montmartre. The funicular was free (along with the metro from 5pm Dec31 until noon today), which was good because I don’t think my lungs could have taken les escaliers de Montmartre at that time! I reached the top right at the stroke of midnight, and wow, what a party! The lawns and streets and sidewalks were absolutely packed with people! It was so much more crowded than it was when I was here for Bastille Day in 2005. Actually, I think Paris was busier with tourists this time than in any of my other visits. Took me a while to make my way through the crowd, but I managed to get back to the hotel and crash.
Today most things are closed because of the holiday. I rented a vélib (public bicycle rental), which was fun until I couldn’t find a vélib station that was open to return it! Finally did, but it was a bit stressful for a while!
EasyJet is so silly and anal about things. I have a tiny backpack (I could easily fit three of this backpack, fully filled, under the seat in front of me), and a tiny purse. They are super strict about ONE CARRY ON ONLY, so they make me put my tiny purse inside the backpack for boarding. The moment I get on the plane I take the purse out and everything is just fine!!! Imagine that!
I’ve now arrived in Edinburgh. Flight was early, quick coach into the city, and didn’t take me long to find the hotel. Courtney had already checked in, and was watching Gnomeo and Juliet when I arrived. We were both hungry and just ended up going to Garfunkel’s for dinner, as it was nearby and easy.
Not sure yet what the plan is for tomorrow, but I think were gonna need to hit a Boots as early as possible. I needs to try and get my voice back!