|Posted by Anthea Gunner on September 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM|
And we are in! Big day travelling for us all, Don and Jen arrived bright and early this morning and are well settled in - loving the Team NZ decorations at his stable Don thinks it is all just awesome - he is super calm and relaxed and had a short session with Bella tonight to limber him up after the trip.
Bella, Jess and I left early from Stuttgart this morning on the TGV train. Seems there are more perks to being in a chair - first class seats for me! It was super comfy and was nice to have a good view of the French countryside - all be it a bit blurry as we were travelling up to 320kmph.
Paris was an adventure - a bit of a gamble on the traffic paid off and a taxi gave us a short tour from Paris Est to Saint Lazare station where we had to catch our next train to Caen. The other option was the Metro train ( a bit like the tube in London) and it seemed very complicated. Fortunately the traffic was good and we met the train no problem.
Paris was beautiful - gorgeous architecture and I love all the wrought iron balconies. Hopefully we have a chance to look round the sights before we fly home. The train to Caen was a couple of hours, and we were met by the lovely Diana Dobson (ESNZ Media Liaison) at the other end. A short few minutes in the car to the racecourse and it all became very real.
The venue looks lovely, not on as big a scale as London but the facilities are good and Don is happy which is the main thing. Most of the Para horses arrived today which was a massive operation managing 100 horses coming in!
We are stabled next to Australia so Don and Bella have a little bit of Aussie for comfort - not that they need it as both are keen Kiwis
Tomorrow we have an early start to train, then ridden arena familiarisation early afternoon and the opening ceremony in the evening - its going to be a big day but I can't wait!