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Hotel address - Citadines Voltaire Republique, rue ?Parmetier (9e)
Cost - $448.00 for 2 nights for a double room with private bathroom, kitchenette with a stove and a fridge. Nice to be able to have tea & coffee in our room and a frdige for Mark to cool his beers!
Metro - Parmetier metro station 1 block from the hotel.
Comments - The staff spoke English and were very helpful and friendly.
Mon 10 Sept (weather - A little cool in the mornings, but warm - mid 20's and sunny by noon)
Today we explored the Left Bank and visited Notre Dame Cathedral. We also visited the Louvre and said hi to the Mona Lisa - along with a couple of hundred other people. Dropped into Napoleans appartments but he wasn't home.....so we just wandered around his opulant chambers and oogled at the size and glamour of this period.
Mark is impressed with the scale of the buildings and the architecture. He expected it to be bigger and older than our buidlings at home, but was still surprised.
Explored the streets around our hotel and had dinner at a typical Parisian cafe.
Tues 11 Sep (weather - another beautiful sunny day in both Paris & Lyon)
Caught the train to Lyon at noon. It is only a 2hr trip by TGV so we arrived in Lyon at 2pm. Mark clocked the train at 240kph - and was very happy!
We checked into our hotel the Premiere Classe Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable. Then wandered down to the Tourist Office to find out about transport & sights.
Took the bus to the airport at 6pm to meet Tara & Jessica. Dropped their bags at the hotel and went into town for dinner. Our hotel is about 2klms from the city centre however the public transport is fantastic. Even better than Paris as they also have trams as well as the metro & buses.