No traveler likes to arrive at a train station and hear the words: “That train has been cancelled.” Uhg! So, rather than being 1 hour and 20 minutes early, I had 2 minutes to get on a train to Köln to catch my train to Paris. Also not included in the directions was the fact that the train I was on arrived at a substation in Köln and I had to find a connecting train to get to the main station…, all in a day’s travel.
Arriving in Paris after 10:00 PM was not my first choice and, fortunately, all went well. My friend from London was standing on the sidewalk in front of the apartment I booked through airbnb.com to greet me. She and her traveling companion arrived at the a few hours before me. So, sleep and up to hit the streets and museums first things in the morning. Pinch me!!!
The apartment was in the 18th arrondissement (XVIIIe arrondissement), located what is known as the Right Bank and it is one of the 20 arrondissement (municipal neighborhoods) of Paris. The district of Montmartre contains a hill dominated by the Sacré Cœur basilica and the well-known Moulin Rouge cabaret.
Here are some pictures of the apartment and surrounding streets that greeted me the next morning.