The plane left Narita at 10 PM just for Paris.
In the plane, I was practicing French grammar using a small textbook I used during my university days.
We arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 4 AM. The temperature became lowered to 16 degree C; I had to change my shorts to jeans.
No shops were open then. The students were tired and hungry. At 6 AM, shops started to open, and I bought quiches for them, the first quiches in their lives.
The TGV left the airport at 7:40 AM for Bordeaux.
Students fell asleep.
On the way to Poitiers, I received a call from Japan from a scientific organization. My proposal was accepted!
The amount of money was reduced to 2/3. Considering the present situation in Japan, it is understandable. I thankfully accepted the fund.
Actually, I was not surprised by the phone call, but I was relieved. I am glad that the efforts from my coworkers were not ruined.
At 10:12AM, the TGV arrived at Poitiers Station. Two professors waited for us, one of whom had worked in our institute in Kofu about 5 years ago.
They took us to a university hotel. The students and I will stay in a large room together. After I leave France, they will use the room for them.
For lunch, I took a steak tartar.
I do not miss steak tartar in France.
Poitiers is a historical city with beauty.
After lunch, we took a nap for two hours, which we inevitably needed. Then a professor took us to a supermarket to buy some water and other stuffs.
Students bought passes for city buses, too. They will take a bus to the university everyday. Then we went back to the hotel to set up for living.
At 8 PM, we went back to downtown Poitiers. It was still bright.
I took a classical steak with French fries, and a plate of cheese for desert.
A professor took us back to the hotel. We instantly went to sleep.