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The Trip Home

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Despite the colds, it was a great trip.

Pont Alexandre III and Invalides

Pont Alexandre III and Invalides

Up early for a change. We finished packing and set about cleaning the apartment. It hadn’t been dusted for far longer than the month we were there. Ed made several trips to garbage and recycling and we were done. Aiko actually showed up on time to check us out and proclaimed it perfect. We again reminded her about the short in the lamp cord and then went downstairs to wait for our shuttle. The street was blocked off for “works” so the shuttle driver had to back up to our house from the corner. Because of this, he was late so I telephoned and was reassured. He arrived within minutes and we were off on a mini-tour of Paris so I got out my phone and took some pictures.


Arc de Triomphe from the Shuttle

Arc de Triomphe from the Shuttle

We picked up one more couple and headed for the major traffic jam on the Peripherique. Arrived at CDG to an airport nightmare . . . people everywhere. It’s July! Bonnes vacances . . .


Arc de Triomphe with a distant Eiffel Tower

Arc de Triomphe with a distant Eiffel Tower

Ed got in line while I attacked Delta's blue automatic ticketing machines. The machine had no trouble reading his passport but refused mine. Back to the line. We finally got to the point where we were separated into either a very long line to the left or an equally long line to the right. We were sent left and spent the next hour in the line. Finally got boarding passes and bags checked. After that, it went fairly quickly. They herd you to a train and then through duty-free shopping before your gate. Of course you’ve stood in line so long that you don’t have time to shop!

At the gate I got some water and we waited a few minutes before being herded into another line where a couple young, polite blondes and little old ladies were pulled for an extra bag check and pat down. Somehow both of us escaped. Hooray!


Arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), went through passport check and Customs, rechecked our bags and went to our gate. We got bulkhead seats to Sacramento (SMF) so had some extra space. The First Class seats ahead of the bulkhead couldn’t recline into our faces. We loved it!

Home safe and sound and a very nice shuttle driver. Tired . . . but what a fun month. We may do this again on our sixtieth anniversary!

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Posted by Beausoleil 12:58 Archived in France Tagged paris flight airport

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Glad you got home safe and sound. But I must say I don't envy you for all that waiting and flying. I'm so glad I can just go to Gare de l'Est and get on the TGV or ICE to go home.

by Nemorino

Now that you have spent time in France, you ought to visit the UK if you have not done so already!


Hi Adam. I'll admit we go to France often, usually once or twice a year, but we have been to London three times, the northern part of England once, and also spent a month in Scotland and loved it. We've been to the Republic of Ireland but not Northern Ireland.

I'm French-German and my husband is French-Irish and we both dearly love France so we spend most of our travel time there. If Europe were closer, we might go more often and visit the UK more, but it's a minimum 11 hour trip from where we live. That's a long time on an airplane so we limit our trips. We are planning a trip to southwest England in 2018 although we haven't started to plan it yet.

by Beausoleil

Nice photo of the Arc from your car Sally :)

Thank goodness we didn't have to contend with CDG. Orly airport was a breeze ;)


by aussirose

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