Morning of Day #2 in Paris
After a solid night’s sleep, I went downstairs to the kitchen of the Airbnb for the 8:30 breakfast of which Xavier had told me to expect. No one was there, but the breakfast table was set with what looked like cereal bowls, saucers and juice glasses. Soon Xavier entered and asked if I would like coffee. “Yes!” I eagerly replied to which he reached for one of the “cereal bowls” and put it under the coffee dispenser! I shook my head “No,”and pointed to a cup. He seemed surprised, but obliged. He brewed a cup and then also seemed to be surprised when I asked him for cream. I gladly took the cup of freshly brewed coffee and took a seat at the small table.
Xavier explained in his choppy English that he would return in five minutes as he is going to purchase a fresh loaf of crusty bread as the one on the counter was too hard. While waiting for his return I quickly took a peek at the lovely house with a grand piano, exquisite artwork and colorful garden. I returned to the kitchen and innocently waited and soon Xavier returned with the fresh bread. He sliced a piece and put it in the toaster. When it was warm he handed it to me and offered me a choice of cherry jam or honey made by his wife from her hives. I chose the honey. His wife, Diane, entered and I commented on how incredible the honey tasted…the best I’d ever eaten! Diane and Xavier filled up their “cereal bowls” with coffee and proceeded to dunk their toasted bread into the coffee. Odd, and I said as much and my hosts seemed amused. They asked me what brought me to Suresnes. When I explained that I meant to book an Airbnb in central Paris, not central Suresnes, they kindly offered to cancel my next three nights and help me find another Airbnb. Wow! What considerate hosts! I said, “No, that is ok, I’ll just see what is in Suresnes.” Xavier said, “There is nothing in Suresnes! You are only here for three more days, you must move to central Paris!” They talked me into it! Together while drinking a second cup of strong coffee, we found a beautiful, yet more expensive, Airbnb in central Paris. Before leaving, I took pictures from Google maps of my upcoming subway ride step by step since I knew I was going to lose my WiFi signal once I left their house. I definitely didn’t want any more mishaps like last night! I bought a jar of the delicious honey, packed up my bags and said goodbye to the lovely couple and their daughter, Alban.
The subway ride went without a hitch since I had taken pictures of step by step directions. Central Paris, here I come! Yes, there are still a lot of good people in the world!