Why is it, that the day you can sleep in, you wake early. I didn’t manage that the last weeks at work. So I wake up early. The bed was good at the Radisson blu. Watching some YouTube before I go down to breakfast.

A good breakfast buffet, nothing over the top, but a good diversity of food. Not many people here, normally this would have been the prime time for breakfast.

Breakfast
Breakfast

Had to check out at 12:00 so just doing that – and I had to pay for the breakfast, no luck this time – and take a small detour to the parking area, where the Geocaching TravelBug hotel is. Dropping off some TBs and go to security. I have the fast track access, but there are no people here. Found out that they call it the “silent week” at Oslo airport. Everybody is already on holiday. It is a short week in Norway with Thursday off and most have only 1/2 working day on Wednesday.

Oslo airport
Oslo airport

I have to empty all my hand luggage – all the cables and cameras – I was to lazy to take everything out. But I still have 4 hours left to my flight, so the security guard has a little bit of work while I pack the stuff.

Directly to the lounge. Just sitting, watching “Fear the Walking Dead” on HBO and having a small lunch (why did they put coriander into the beautiful salad? Uneatable for me… I am one of the persons with the soap gene).

A small lunch at SAS international lounge
A small lunch at SAS international lounge

Boarding at 16:10. Overbooked flight and full flight. I mean full. Other airlines keep the middle seat free for Economy plus/Business class. Not SAS. Like Sardines in a can. Putting up my own IFE system with a downloaded Netflix movie.

Going to Paris
Going to Paris

Bad service. They only had salmon – which I hate, so I ordered the small pizza from the snack menu. I have to wait until service for Economy class is over – ok. But then they forget me and dont have anything left. On a business class ticket? Unbelievable. For once I will complain to SAS.

Paris CDG is a weird airport. The escalators in this concrete structure go down, under and up again. But a short way to the exit. Just a short shuttle ride to terminal 3, where my hotel (Novotel) is located. I am lucky and don’t have to wait for a shuttle. My hotel is the one directly at the station. Perfect. 30 meters walk. Get a nice room with a big bed, a sofa and a nice bath (with a separate room for the toilette).

Hotel room
Hotel room
Nice bath
Nice bath

A quick grab of my camera and mobile phone and off I go to central Paris. Want to take some geocaches at Notre Dame Cathedral. A 30 minute train ride. 10 Euros one way. Cheaper than other cities.

Half way to the city, I get a news update, that the cathedral is burning. It was not me, really. There go my planes for that. The station is closed, so I get out one before. Traffic chaos, people everywhere. The shore of the river Seine is packed. People everywhere. Roads closed. You can’t walk anywhere.

Notre Dame is burning
Notre Dame is burning

Taking some pictures, finding a geocache and then going back to the hotel. Not much to do when it is dark and everything is closed. A little bit bad luck, but I have to get up early tomorrow. Charging everything before my flight to Canada tomorrow. Alarm goes at 6:00.

Bonne nuit!

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