Sunday, December 30, 2007

Vacances de Noel: Clermont to Lyon

Today I woke up, ate my last breakfast at my hotel and caught the bus to the main plaza to walk around and wait for McDonald’s to open up. Over a delightful coffee and an awful hamburger (France! You are not allowed to destroy McDonald’s!), I updated my blog, downloaded my photos, and bounced around online. I got to about 65%-ish battery power and already the Toshiba was significantly slower. Which is understandable. I’ve never taxed the battery like that before. But he behaved well. Then I caught the bus back to the train station to Lyon. I read some of my book and listened to the iPod. Oh my goodness I love the iPod. It saves me from total boredom.

I got to Lyon. I knew I was going to have a tough time finding the hostel, and I did because I got distracted by the funicular, which is a vertical version of a subway up a hill. I thought it would provide good sights but it was in a tunnel. Anyways, I did see the beautiful Basilique de la Fourniviere which should provide entertainment for tomorrow. I finally found the hostel. The dude at the desk could use charm lessons. What a pill. So after discovering that the hostel’s wireless internet connection is unavailable for guests (how rude), I went back up to my room.

To my room, where there is one other girl, I’m guessing from Australia based on her Qantas Airlines baggage tag, and where I plunked down to listen to my new two CD set of traditional French songs. Oh my goodness this stuff is amazing. I love Josephine Baker and Charles Trenet and probably Maurice Chevalier. This is the stuff Madame Ponterio tried to show us but I couldn’t get it. Now I’m listening to it myself and I LOVE it. Ah. I’m also playing solitaire.

Tomorrow I will probably look at the Basilique and do other silly things on this hill and then head down to centre ville to do that double-decker bus tour I promised I’d never do in Paris. Mira and Shannon are supposed to arrive around 3:00pm. I cannot wait to meet them!! There is so much stuff to do in this city and due to our timing, I’m not sure we’ll be able to do enough…but I’m sure we’ll have fun in any case. Yay for travel buddies!

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