We use a Park/Ride shuttle from NH to Logan (40 miles, $100 for two, round trip, always reliable). Van was waiting with one other passenger when we arrived at lot a bit early. No check-in line at Aer Lingus at Logan. Swiftly through security. Three hours to spare. Flight left a few minutes late and arrived in Dublin 20 minutes early. Efficient connection. Since only orange juice was served on plane, had time for a wonderful breakfast (Illy coffee, fabulous!) in Terminal 2 (scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, whole grain toasts, Irish butter). Very nice people all about. Great shopping opportunities (didn't buy anything).
Arrived at CDG Terminal 1 right on time (1:10 PM). We were seated next to exit door, so first (great ride on up and down people mover!) to passport control. Bags came out promptly. Brother arriving 2E from Dulles found us. No queue for taxi. Nearly no traffic (Sunday, don't recall a single red traffic light). Driver took us around Arc de Triomphe, Rond Point (beautiful flower beds!), over Pont Alexandre III, past Eglise du Dome, to blvd Montparnasse, to our Vacation in Paris apartment. Loved that route! 53 Euros plus 3 Euros for the bags. Paid him 60 Euros (thanked us profusely). (Because of all the one way streets, I had given him the address of the bank on the corner, and asked him if he could let us out at the bank. He seemed to be wondering about that...) Were inside apartments at 2:40 PM (90 minutes).
Inspected the apartments. Everything just fine! (We've stayed in them previously.) Correspondence with VIP advised local reps had been inside both recently and all was well maintained. Our last stay was September 2011, but it seemed we'd returned to our Paris "home" much sooner. Brought two ice trays, but there is quite the collection now, so plenty of ice!
Blue skies, sunny, 74 degrees! Just awesome. Relaxed on balcony a while, enjoying views of Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Eglise du Dome, etc., then headed out for a stroll around the neighborhood and to take care of some errands.
Refilled our Navigos Decouverte at Gare Montparnasse. Went from one Relay shop to another until we found Lebara SIMs (did receive free ones in the mail, more on that later). 9,50 with 7,50 credit. 5,00 when activated, 2,50 when topped up. 10% extra if you top up with "My Lebara". We were all able to activate our SIMs and register with My Lebara rather quickly. I added 20,00 to mine for internet. That isn't quite sorted out yet, but Customer Service is handling one step at a time, more in the morning, for (hopefully) successful connection. (All is new and set-up and settings are required depending on model of phone...) We were able to connect all our devices to the WiFi in the apartment instantly.
Chose a place with large terrace for salads, tartine, beer, coffee (hilarious waiter) and relaxed over all that for a couple of hours. Stopped in a convenience store for milk for coffee, water, juice (will stock up tomorrow when Monoprix is open).
Back at the apartments, enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching all light up as it got dark with crescent moon (should be full by the 25th) and a clear sky full of stars.