28.03.2013 - 29.03.2013 45 °F
Our last few days in Paris were great - exploring, playing in the park, sleeping at strange hours - what travel should be like.
Our crazy hotel. By far the nicest place I've ever stayed.
I mean, really. This is the lobby. I'm serious. It's like a museum.
Tessa at breakfast. Notice the SEA OF ORCHIDS behind her. NIce digs, kid.
Our typical spread.
Our oops, OMG, are you serious, the waffles are 19 euros? (roughly $27). Wow. Okay, we won't be ordering that tomorrow.
Another shot of coming back to the room, and saying "I can't believe we're sleeping on this bed."
Some shots from our outings:
Paris is still cold (45), but spring is definitely on the way...
This sculpture in park was haunting and beautiful at the same time. Next time I want to be able to read the description.
The Opera House, in all of it's staggering beauty and detail.
We found a quaint little bistro for dinner...
Last images from our amazing hotel...thank your Park Hyatt for blowing our minds, and not kicking us out.
Off to the airport we went!
Cathay Pacific is known to be one of the world's great airlines. We flew a nice, 777-300ER (in case I hadn't mentioned, I'm a bit of an airplane junkie)...
Unlike the cold, less-than-friendly (mostly guys) who worked the Iberia flight we took from to Madrid, the flight crew on our Cathay flight to Hong Kong were just over the top. Super nice, super friendly to Tessa (Mimi, one of the flight attendents, actually hugged me goodbye! And spent half the flight chatting Tessa up...)
Business class was half full, and we had a space galore. This is a crazy way of life...
It was about an 11 hour flight, and Tessa and Traci slept about 3 hours. I slept ZERO hours (way to go, Adam) but managed to knock off Cloud Atlas (A-), Life of Pi (A+), Silver Linings Playbook (B+), and some of Argo (C - how did that get nominated for so many damn Academy Awards?!).
We landed in Hong Kong, where it was humid and 70. Finally, warm weather - hopefully this carries through for the rest of the trip.
A bit of a line through customs, and we finally made our way to the taxi line (tons of taxis, no one in line), an headed into Hong Kong.
Take a careful look at our taxi driver. I am not kidding about this - I watched him actually use EACH of these phones at least one time. WTF!!