by Lyn Edwin Cathey

Crossing Paris by motor coach in heavy traffic on a cool, rainy fall night was an adventure in itself, past the Arc de Triomphe, using the Eiffel Tower as a guide beacon to get us to the Left Bank. There our ‘bateaux’ awaits (French for flat bottomed boat). The Saphir is a new, ultra contemporary boat, fully enclosed, and perfectly suited for river cruising in inclement weather. The scenery was breathtaking, the food wonderful and the wine flowed freely.

A three and a half hour evening dinner cruise on the Seine is condensed into three minutes. View the delights of Paris by night from the level of this iconic river. Awesome!

Control Center for Pilot of the Saphir

The ‘bateaux’ Saphir had a very space age looking control centered, piloted by a single operator for the entire cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magically, almost as if she was waiting for us to arrive – when we stepped off of the Eurostar ‘Chunnel’ train at the Gare du Nord in Paris – was none other than Christine Lagarde, former Finance Minister of France, currently President of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and predicted by many to be a future President of France.

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Lagarde was very approachable and was soon surrounded by admirers.

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wish I spoke French. I can just imagine what was being said!

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

Christine Lagarde at Gare du Nord, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like the blonde on the right can’t believe her ears! Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t speak French.

Retired French Concorde on display at Charles De Gaulle Airport

Retired French Concorde on display at Charles De Gaulle Airport

 

 

 

 

On display right outside the bay window of our suite at the Hilton at Charles de Gaulle airport was one of the original supersonic French Concordes, now retired. It is positioned to look as if it is just taking off. Very impressive!

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