Friday, May 31, 2013

Civilization At Last!

After spending a week shivering on a damp boat sleeping separately, because the beds in the rear of the boat were too small for two people (I was bunked on the padded seats tucked under the bow), the first thing Mom and John did when we got to the hotel in Paris was to get into the big double bed, under the fluffy warm duvet. The first thing I did was take a hot shower, for about half an hour. Hot water! Flush toilets! Dry bedding and thick pillows! I think if we hadn't had a dinner reservation that night, we would have just stayed at the hotel enjoying the comforts of a non-rocking fully-equipped lodging. We spent two nights at the Hôtel des Bains in the Montparnasse district; a quiet place surrounding a small central courtyard, and only slightly outrageously expensive.

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,*
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.
* And we certainly had plenty of that while boating up and down the Marne canal. Verses from "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J. R. R. Tolkien, for all you non-LOTR geeks out there.

No comments:

Post a Comment