The phone rang at about 6:10 this morning. It was Walt. I had been awake for about 5 minutes by then. He was calling from Roissy-CDG airport. His plane had landed early and he was waiting for his baggage to come out.
Now he is having a train adventure. The RER line from the airport into central Paris has been on reduced service because of strikes for the last three days. Today they say that about three out of four of the regularly scheduled trains are running. And I think passengers are being forced off the RER line at Gare du Nord, instead of being able to ride on down to the St-Michel station as they normally would to get to the Gare d'Austerlitz.
There is a direct metro line from Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz, however, and it is running normally. It will take longer though. Walt is trying to make it to Austerlitz early enough to get on the 9:21 train to Onzain, arriving at 11:20.
If I don't hear from him by about 10:30, I'll drive on up to Onzain to meet him. If he misses the 9:21 train, he has to wait for an 11:45 train that gets to Onzain at about 1:45 p.m. He said he just wants to get home now, after a three-hour drive from Albany across Massachusetts to Boston and a seven-hour flight.
Maybe he can smell the bœuf bourguignon that I made last night for lunch today. Let's wish him luck.