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Hotel Raphael

Posted on 2008/12/09 23:15:06 (December 2008).

[Sunday 7th December]
Spent the day in Paris. See the pictures for a more detailed account!

The main highlight of the day was without a doubt this evening's hotel. If you've seen the Darjeeling Limited, you'll probably have seen the short film that accompanies it called Hotel Chevalier. We'd seen the flm last year and the hotel had rather captured my imagination. So I was rather pleased to discover it was in fact filmed at a real hotel called the Hotel Raphael. I was even more pleased when I discovered they had vacancies for tonight, which would make for a perfect anniversary treat.

There's no escaping the fact it was quite expensive, but despite that we both absolutely loved it. The room was just beautiful - hopefully you can get some idea from the pictures - it was almost certainly the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in.

Comment 1

Looks marvellous!! Good Anniversary mate! I love Paris, Chiara has got a house there but we rarely go... Probably because we need to take a plane and it's hideously expensive... :(

Posted by Lox at 2008/12/10 08:21:14.

Comment 2

Well I think there are trains from Firenze to Paris (maybe via Milan?) - I looked into that once - but it would take a fairly long time and probably end up costing more than the plane.

The EU really ought to do something about that - higher taxes on air travel where land routes are available, and more subsidies for trains.

Posted by John at 2008/12/11 01:51:31.

Comment 3

Yes I agree. The problem is the Italian government as usual, France has already built high-speed train tracks up to the border and from there they stop... Once we get our act together maybe we will get a trip less than 10 hours as it is today... :(

Posted by Lox at 2008/12/11 08:26:07.

Comment 4

You should have told me that you were going there!!! Chiara is Parisienne, she could have given you a lot of pointers and things to do... Next time you go let us know and maybe we can join you there!

Posted by Lox at 2008/12/11 08:27:01.

Comment 5

Wonderful room, John. Hope you made love in every corner of it...!

Lox: Chiara's got a house in Paris? Could we (Christelle end I) squat in, some day?

Posted by Sheri at 2008/12/12 16:44:12.

Comment 6

Sheri: Technically they rent the room... It's a studio house if you are interested let me know and I can ask her...

Posted by Lox at 2008/12/12 18:01:17.

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