Sunday, September 22, 2013

France Day One

Every time I visit Europe, I'm reminded that travelling is not for sissies! I left Dallas at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, and arrived in Madrid around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. This was only the second time I've been to the Madrid airport, and, frankly, I found it just as confusing this time as the last...maybe more so!  After a tram ride and a long walk, I finally made it to my waiting area. Since I had almost four hours to wait, the gate assignments were not on the board yet.  I sat in what I thought was the near vicinity, and eventually found out I was correct, although the flight was half an hour late.  A small Iberian Airlines plane (two seats on each side) got me to Strasbourg in two hours, where I had a baggage scare (it was eventually found), and caught a cab to the city centre, where the hotel is located.  We chose a Best Western because honestly that first could almost sleep in a ditch you're so tired and confused over the time change.  But the hotel was a pleasant surprise: very clean and much larger than I anticipated. Hotels in France all seem to be about the size of a shoebox.

I took a walk around the neighborhood, scoped out a restaurant for dinner that the front desk had recommended, and snapped a few photographs. The weather is absolutely perfect, almost like springtime. Nancy and John (who came all the way from Seattle via Los Angeles and Paris, where they then transferred to a train) should be here shortly.  I'm hoping we'll all sleep well tonight.  Even though I didn't have any problem snoozing on either plane earlier, a normal night's sleep will be appreciated!

Here's a photo of the ceiling at the Madrid confusing as the rest of it!
 Strasbourg is really a beautiful town. This is my third trip here, and there's still a lot that I haven't seen.  The architecture is very striking, and today there were a lot of people sitting at outdoor cafes and walking around, enjoying the weather.

Thanks for starting out my vacation with me!  I'll be back tomorrow!


  1. Love these postcard pictures! Looking forward to seeing more and thanks for bringing us along friend. ~JSH

    1. Thanks, Jimmie Sue! So glad you are coming along with us!