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Parents in Paris

Written on: Wednesday May 30th, 2007

A journal entry from: Visit from the Parents

My holidays began on the 26th of May. My parents had booked us tickets for the Eurostar to Paris which was fantastic. They didn?t realize we had first class tickets, which entitled us to a free meal and free alcohol? so naturally we celebrated with champagne!! The trip got off to a great start, but that deteriorated once we arrived at our hotel?

As we were driving to the hotel (which we were told was near the Eiffel Tower) I was beginning to get a bad feeling. My parents were told it was in the 15th arrondisement near the Eiffel Tower. Well, it was about a 20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and nowhere near anything else. When we got into the hotel, our reservation had been cancelled. My parents had prepaid for everything and had vouchers in their hands for the hotel. My dad offered to just pay for something up front so we could start our travels right away, but they said there was no room. Result: I decided to throw a shit show. Hah. I rang up the emergency number for BCAA and basically was told that they had no idea what was going on. Had to wait until the Langley office opened to speak to anyone, who then put us in touch with the person who they had booked the hotel through. Yes ? that?s right ? the travel agents book through a third party. And the company was in ONTARIO meaning that I could have been in touch with them much earlier had anyone had the number for this company. Three hours later we got our hotel room.

Unfortunately the time that we spent wasting away in the hotel lobby (which was 3 hours of our lives we?re never getting back) was the only time the weather was nice in Paris for the most part. It was 7 degrees, felt like 4 degrees, and rained the entire time. The only exception was when we went up the Eiffel Tower. However, Paris is a great city and we saw Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the Champs Elysees, Invalides, and the Louvre. We ate fantastic food, drank great wine, and did what we could to keep warm and dry.