I had decided to buy a breakfast at the convent for €3. It turned out that I was too early and only had the continental. Dammit! Bread, jam, cereal, hot chocolate, milk, orange juice.
I headed for the train station to buy a ticket to Paris.
Oh. I managed to imply that I wanted a ticket to Paris, and had a pile of random French in return. Someone else came over to explain, fortunately. It turned out that there was a strike on so they didn’t have all the lines running. I decided to come back later to try my luck rather than changing 3 times.
From the station I went to Wellington Quarry. This is a section of the tunnels dug by British and NZ troops during WW1.
You get taken on a tour through the tunnels with a guide and an audio guide. Everything is multi-lingual.
The area was originally used as a rock mine so most of the tunnels are very large. I was surprised at how dry it was. There are several stops on the way with video presentations.
Overall it was very good, and only €6.50. No discount for NZers.
I headed back to the station to find that trains to Paris were running, but only the TGV. Only €30! I had to be resuscitated when I translated the price. I took an afternoon train and was in Paris within an hour. Not bad.
Paris has bi-lingual announcements in the stations and multi-lingual ticket machines – the first I’ve seen since leaving Germany. I headed out to the Campsite Du Bois de Boulogne in the 16th district. The directions were ok until I exited the bus – then I saw 2 signs saying ‘Camping’ pointing down a road. THEY WERE LYING. The campsite is actually in the opposite direction. From the bus stop go towards the river, and take the path off to the right. Follow it to a road, turn right, and go about 50m to the campsite entry.
If you have your own tent it’s €16/night, but with free showers and internet. The tent sites are by the river or the main road. I chose the road because rivers are cold at night. This meant the traffic kept me awake all night. But I wasn’t that cold.