I recently went on a girl bonding trip with my mom and sister. It was one hell of an experience! Let me give you a blow by blow account (just because I also like a detailed story about travels for future reference) of my short little getaway experience.
This airport gives you free 15-minute wifi, so use it wisely! While waiting for my bag, they contacted me through FaceTime so I knew exactly where they were seated and they knew I had arrived Paris. You see, my mom had just watched the movie Taken, so she didn’t like the idea of meeting at the hotel. She made sure all our flights arrived CDG at the same time. My mom was coming from LA, my sister & niece from Canada, and I was coming from Manila. Luckily, the 3 of them were able to get the same flight from Philadelphia to Paris. This lessened the looking and waiting time.
As you can see from the position we were seated above, my sister would be the last to get off. She saw the umbrella, bent down and picked it up while we were all walking out of the train. By the time she stood up to get out, the door closed on her! LMAO!!! You should’ve seen the look on her face. What’s worse, we all left our phones so no communication at all! The only thing I could do was to sign to her that we’d be the ones to go to her as the train was leaving. Thinking to myself she’d be smart and get off the next stop and wait for us there…which she did 🙂
So my, mom, my niece and I waited for the next train to come. You know how trains are supposed to have those blinking lights to see what lane you’ll be going to and which stops you’re currently at? Well, this one din’t. It was just a sticker of the city stops so you wouldn’t know. We took our chances and hoped for the best it would take us to the right one. As we got to the next stop, turns out we weren’t that lucky. We were on the train going to the outlet! So we go back to Vincennes and waited for the train that had lights on the map to get off at Fontenay-sous-Bois where my sis was. She was at the corner of the station waiting for trains to come. When I say corner, I mean the real edge of the corner of the ledge wherein one more step, she’d be on the tracks! She was waiting for around 30-40 minutes and was gonna go back to the hotel if we weren’t on this train. You should’ve seen her face! Imagine a lady at the corner sticking her head out…what’s bad is we were at the front of the train, so when we got off, we were at both ends of the train station. By the time I was able to walk to where I saw her, she was gone! Luck wasn’t with us that afternoon I know. Good thing after a few seconds, I saw her across the tracks! Finally, reunited! Hahaha! OMG, I was LMAO! From the time she got left inside the train, to the part where we got on the wrong train, up until I saw her, I was just laughing and laughing, couldn’t even talk when I saw her as we all broke into laughter (well except for my poor mom who got tired and frantic as we were going in circles!). That was a good hour wasted where we could’ve been at La Vallee Village Shopping Outlet by this time. Oh well, I guess shopping there wasn’t meant to be.
By the time we were all together, it was already 4pm and we just decided to go to the The Musée du Louvre (French pronunciation: [myze dy luvʁ])—in English, the Louvre Museum or simply The Louvre. I’ll be writing on a separate post more details on our experience in this Museum. After appreciating the arts we ate dinner at Gus Creperie (got a coupon for this restaurant from Groupon France). We all had a glass of wine to wind down and call it a night. It was one tiring first day for us but nonetheless fun fun fun 🙂