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France Day 1

April 17, 2014
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We left Wednesday morning for France and found out I had booked us in to Charles DeGaulle airport in Paris, and our connecting flight to Toulouse was at a separate airport from Orly. Clay started to get a bit stressed, and I told him to pretend we were on the Amazing Race TV show– one of his favorites. We started planning our route once we landed, and I was sure we would be on time.

Our flights were all on time or early, so things looked good. Halfway to Paris, the pilot came on air and made a call for a doctor or medical professional or EMT, to come to help a passenger. It turns out a passenger in first class was having a heart attack. It may have been the overwhelming sensation of being in First class to Paris, but the plane had to turn around and head back to Newfoundland for her to go to their local ER. We found out later that she was going to be fine, but the event set us back by 4 hours, making all our connections null and void. So the silver lining is that everyone was so caring about the patient, that no one complained, and we didn’t have to take an expensive taxi to anither airport. We landed in Paris, and Clay and I went to get our bags and figure out our next step. As we were going up/down the elevator we ran into our French fairy Godmother. She took my tickets and insisted they change my tickets and let me fly out of Charles DeGaulle instead of Orly. She made it happen, arguing in our behalf and walked us through every step and even got us each a $8 euro voucher for food or drinks! She said she loved hanging around such friendly Americans.

I was surprised to see how much crop land there is around Paris. We made it to our hotel in Toulouse with gorgeous weather. We dropped off our suitcases, walking up two flights of stairs with all our luggage, then headed out to walk the town.

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We saw several beds with our native dogwoods,

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We walked several miles and looked at so much. Then tonight we had a wonderful dinner with great wine at an outdoor restaurant with three of our couples. Tomorrow we head to our boat and the adventure continues!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2014 3:22 pm

    Only you Janet could find the one and only French Fairy Godmother!

  2. sherrie smith permalink
    April 17, 2014 3:23 pm

    I am green with envy. Have a fabulous time!!!

  3. Gloria McIntosh permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:58 pm

    Le fromage, le pain, le vin

  4. April 17, 2014 7:21 pm

    I’m glad you made it safely. Glad everything worked out logistically. Your travel good luck continues. When the announcement asking for a medical professional in first class was made did you tell them that you had been a candy striper as a teen and you were available to help if needed? You do that on Master Gardener trips as I recall.

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