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Day 4: 25th Oct

semi-overcast 30 °C

Due to the time difference, we were both wide awake at 5am! We were at the supermarket in time for it opening at 9am. We stocked up with plenty of goodies and then we stopped by the new (to us) Choisy boulangerie based in Lorient. We bought a croissant and a croissant amande and drove back to the villa. Grant got to grips with the very impressive looking Magimix coffee machine and produced a couple of great americanos. We sat on the table outside with arguably the best view on the island and had a long lingering breakfast.
After breakfast we relaxed by the plunge pool and made the most of reading in the overcast conditions. The humidity increased later in the day so the plunge pool provided some welcome relief.
We had decided on les Bananiers for dinner but when we got there we discovered that it was closed on Sunday evenings. We thought that our best bet would be to head to Gustavia for dinner instead. After a wander around the centre, we headed over to Cote Port and enjoyed a very pleasant meal overlooking the harbour. Grant had spaghetti with lobster and I selected a light prawn curry dish. Afterwards we had a complimentary vanilla rum and then had a walk around the harbour.

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Day 3: 24th Oct

storm 29 °C

We left the hotel in Paris about 8am and headed for the airport. Breakfast was a rather disappointing affair at an Illy café. At 11am we took off on our flight to St. Martaan. Over 8 hours and a couple of movies later we arrived....and we were met with a torrential rain shower. According to our upbeat taxi driver we would be needing our umbrellas for the rest of the week! We were dropped off at Bobby's Marina and had a couple of drinks to start the holiday. We ordered a plate of nachos to share which turned out to be massive. We both started to think that this may not have been the best option for us given the impending boat trip!
Luckily the wave action didn't match the stormy weather and our 45 minute boat trip to St. Barths turned out to be just fine.
We were met in the rain by Odile from the car rental company and Danielle who was looking after the villa rental.
Once we had secured our car we followed Danielle to our villa. Even though it was dark, we both realised that we would have never managed to find it ourselves. I suppose the secure gate which needed a code didn't help either!
Even in the dark we both realised very quickly that we were going to be very happy in this villa perched high up in the hills of Lurin. Our bedroom was in a separate building behind the living space and we could see the twinkling lights of Gustavia from our bedroom. After some unpacking we crashed out for the night.

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Day 2: 23rd Oct

16 °C

Thanks to some incredible black out blinds and an exceedingly quiet hotel we had a good lie in until 8am. We had a surprisingly tasty breakfast at the train station before heading to Gare du Nord station. We had a lovely wander all around Montmatre stopping at some of the wonderful speciality shops. Our lunch was a bit more fancy than the previous day at a place called le Bistrot Du Marquis which was in a fabulous area. We both had the fish main course and shared a delicious café gourmand.
After lunch we headed to the Sacre Coeur and walked to Marais again, stopping for a coffee (outside!) and some shopping.
As it was getting late we decided to get some sushi before heading back to our hotel. It was a small restaurant called Wa Izakaya and although we were both happy with our food we both agreed that it wasn't remarkable.
Exhausted, we caught the train back to our hotel.....

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Day 1: 22nd Oct

semi-overcast 16 °C

We caught the 6:30am flight from Edinburgh to Paris and arrived in Paris in time for breakfast! Our first stop was the Pullman hotel which is a brand new hotel based at the airport. It had only been open a week when we arrived and the staff were all attentive and enthusiastic, keen to create a very favourable first impression. We were personally shown to our room by a member of the reception team and we couldn't have been happier with the modern, tastefully decorated room.
After a quick refresh, we caught the train into the centre of Paris (Notre Dame). We found a wonderful bistro and had a very tasty lunch which was a traditional menu served with super wine. We stopped for a quick take-away coffee afterwards and then had a good walk around the Latin Quarter and then over to Luxembourg Gardens. We caught the train back about 5pm as we were starting to fade after our early start. We decided to give dinner in the hotel a miss in favour of watching a couple of movies on the state of the art flat screen TV in the hotel room!

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Saturday 13th June

sunny 22 °C

We met Charles' wife at 10am and departed our lovely Brittany cottage. We made it in time for lunch at Dinan and in the warm sunshine we had a wander around the narrow, perfectly preserved streets in search of a lunch spot. The outside lunch venues were packed with locals and tourists but we found a small, chic looking place called 'Les 3 Lunes' and sat on a table outside with Bobby. I had a final kir royale and chose a salad starter and salmon main course. I had a very tasty riz au lait for dessert and then we were on our way again. We arrived in Cherbourg and bid a sad farewell to France......

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