24.03.2013 - 25.03.2013 46 °F
We decided to go for one more outdoor excursion in London before we caught our flight to Paris in the evening.
Man, was it cold. We made it to Buckingham Palace, and then through the walk to Big Ben, and then hailed a cab. It was 34 degrees and BLOWING. We were all just freezing cold. In the cab, we decided to make a stop for lunch at St. Paul's Cathedral, which has a great little cafe below it (and a wonderful vegan-friendly menu.)
Our walk back home proved to be a bad idea - too long, too cold, and too much for Tessa. We de-thawed over our last afternoon high tea in the very nice Regency lunge (where we've been taking advantage of the free food all week)....
and headed for the airport.
Our flight was delayed due to the horrible snowstorms that hit northern Britain and Ireland all weekend (London got almost nothing compared to the feet and feet that they got up north), so we hung out in the business class lounge for a couple of hours. Again, more free food. Seriously - we're screwed when we go home to regular living. :-)
The British Air flight to Paris only took an hour, and we sat in row 1, much to the amusement of almost everyone getting on board (who Tessa smiled an waved at, making a lot of friends.) However, karma has it that when you're the first people on the plane (we were), you always get your bags LAST. And event though we're not checking bags the entire trip JUST BECAUSE of this, they make us gate check the stroller, and then didn't have anyone to bring it to us (what happens when you land somewhere at 12:50 am). So we made it to the hotel at about 1:45 am.
But it was worth the wait. The Park Hyatt Vendome is probably the nicest hotel I've ever been in (thank you points!) and they had a great room ready for us. It's right in the middle of everything - 10 min from the Louvre, next to the big park, right in the middle of the craziest high end stores I've ever seen in one area. Have you ever seen Cartier next to Louis Vitton next to Mont Blanc, etc.? Who shops here? Better question - who lives here?
We slept in (way, way in), and I sprinted downstairs for the (complimentary - yeah, baby) breakfast, in the middle of the hotel atrium/courtyard.
When I came back up with a plate of waffles and fruit for the two sleeping girls, they were up an admiring the view.
So we ate and then went exploring.
Came back to a re-made beautiful room. One more pic for good measure. Man, is it nice.. :-)