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Final Day, Final thoughts

there's no place like home!

sunny 26 °C

Our last morning arrived more quickly than we wanted. We got ourselves up & dressed and Alena hailed an Uber to take us to the train station - Gare Lyon - where we could catch the 'Bus Direct' that would take us to Aeroport Charles de Gaulle. Smooth getting there but the driver didn't know where the bus stopped and neither did it seem did many of the people working in the bus terminal. But after trekking through the train station and back to outside, we found it. Alena went in search of coffee & croissants, our final breakfast pastry. Mmmm
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Getting to the airport and to our boarding gate without hassle, we boarded for our Air Canada return flight. Scheduled to depart at 11am, we were informed that we on the plane were ready, the flight crew and ground crews were ready but the air traffic controllers of Air France were not ready. We suspect more job action. Definitely strike-happy! An hour & 20 min late leaving, we headed home on a rather uneventful flight.
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It's really lovely to be home but we've got tonnes of wonderful memories now from our 8 1/2 days in France. Thanks so much for reading along! I do this mostly for me - it's nice to go back and re-live my trips.
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Someone asked me what was the most surprising part of our trip. I honestly can't say that there was too much - most everything was as I expected and read about. I suppose that's a reflection of our wired & connected world. Saint-Emilion was beautiful and OLD - such history that we don't have here in Canada. The TGV high-speed train was efficient and enabled us to visit 2 parts of France. Paris, although wet & cool was quite lovely and we found the people in shops, and bistros to be quite lovely. E. Dehillerin & Jacques Genin were both as wonderful as I'd read about. None of the pictures I'm posting today really match our day but they're part of our memories.
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I guess really, the most surprising were the Irish!! LOL
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And I hope you didn't get too hungry as you read through the posts. A food-lover's trip in a food-loving country, but...It truly is great to be home!

Mary Ann & Alena

Posted by otisandma 16:44 Archived in France Tagged travel bus flight airport irish memories uber

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