Springtime in Paris

story by Denise Bridge, photos by Denise Bridge and Shirley Vaughan

It’s November … one of Canada’s dreariest months.  All the more reason why three little words – Springtime in Paris – should bring a smile to your lips and dreams in your minds!

There probably are not too many world-famous buildings that can claim to be celebrating their 850th anniversary.  But my aunt and I were able to stop by Notre Dame de Paris in May this year tot wish the cathedral an early “happy birthday”.  It was our first destination, after we had slept in and then treated ourselves to a lovely Parisian brunch by the Seine!

It all started when my aunt found this great trip to Paris on Expedia.ca.  Included were return flights on Air France and seven nights’ accommodation at the Hôtel Pont Royal.  When we booked the trip we also booked the return shuttle from and to Charles de Gaulle airport, 2-day passes on the Hop-on Hop-Off tour bus around Paris and 2-day metro/bus passes for zones 1-3.  The total cost for the flight, hotel, and added passes, taxes and service charges was just under $1,300 each.  We flew to Paris from Manchester as we had travelled to England a few days earlier to visit family, but there were options for the flight from within Canada.  I flew on four different airlines this spring and Air France was by far the nicest – especially the fresh croissants and pain au chocolat from the seemingly bottomless wicker basket that was walked up and down the aisle numerous times throughout the flight.