1 Sep 2008 12:01 pm   //   Filed under: Travel

Dispatch from Paris

Day 1 in Paris. Flew in overnight/this morning on an Air India 747, the Greyhound Bus of airlines.

Though the company is paying for me to be in France to cover photo festival, the first part of this trip is on the cheap, since it’s personal time. I’m staying in a zero-frills hotel… on the 5th floor of a walk-up building (which by U.S. measurements is the 6th floor). It’s a basic, functional room, but missing things you’d normally expect, like power outlets. (There is one, for the TV, the remote to which is inert, as someone has stolen the batteries.) The place is called the Luna Park Hotel, and I selected it for three reasons. First price, second it’s a name that’s easy for me to remember, and third it’s in a great location in the midst of things near Plaza Republique. I’ve been riding around all afternoon on the Velib bikes, which you can rent for EUR1 from automated stations around the city. I’ll have a future post with more thoughts on this program, which I loved when it was new last year but which has lost some of its lustre.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) off to Caen, for a Normandy D-Day history tour.