Boarded the Eurostar in London about 7:30 am for our 2 1/2 hour trip under the English Channel. Walked about 10 minutes from Paris' Gare du Nord to Gare de L'Est and boarded the French TGV for our 120 mph trip to Charleville. We left Paris at about 1 pm and arrived in Charleville about 2:30, picked up our rental car from the nice people at Hertz in the train station and headed for the tourist office in Charleville.
One thing we've learned is it's really easy to find a place to stay in France. Go to the local tourist office, tell them what you're looking for and Voila! you have a room.
Since Odysseus was stored out of the water this year and it would be several days until she could be launched, we were going to need a place to stay, preferable with kitchen facilities so we wouldn't have to eat out every night. There are numerous "bed and breakfast" type places in rural France and the tourist office set us up with one that was about 10 minute drive from Pont a Bar in a beautiful setting.
Mssr. Lamberty didn't speak any English but he had our petit dejeuner ready for us every morning and for E45 for 2 people per night, the price was right!
After getting our room set up it was off to Pont a Bar. We needed to tell Dominique and Cedric we had arrived and would be hard at work the next morning.