15 November 2015

Still here

I'm wrapping things up here in N.C. and preparing to return to France. I'm scheduled to fly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport tomorrow and then take the train from there directly down to Tours on Tuesday. I won't be going into Paris itself, unless something changes. I'll have two hours from the time my Air France plane lands until my train leaves the airport. I hope that will be enough. If I miss the train, I have a fall-back plan that involves the RER. I haven't told Walt about this yet.


What I'm worried about is the extra time it might take to get through passport control and customs at CDG airport because of the dastardly terrorist attacks Friday night. I will be patient. If I miss my train, it won't be the end of the world. Maybe all will go as planned. Cross your fingers...

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  1. Fingers crossed. Stay zen.

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    1. Thanks to you too, Susan. Zen. Zen. Zen.

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  2. Je croise mes doigtspourque tout se passe bien. bon voyage.

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    1. Si jamais il faut attendre plus longtemps que d'habitude avant de passer le contrôle des passeports, et que je rate le TGV de 10h16, je pense que je prendrai le RER de Roissy jusqu'à St-Martin-d'Etampes (correspondance à St-Michel-Notre-Dame). Walter pourra venir me chercher là-bas.

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    2. Glad to know that you have this other option, Ken :)

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  3. I'll cross my fingers, have a safe trip home.

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  4. i know, you never know how much time to allow.....cause you dont want any "extra" time at CDG for sure!! Bon voyage

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  5. I think we'll all feel better with you and Walt on the same side of the Atlantic.

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  6. Fingers crossed. Hopefully things will be quieted down and running smoothly - probably longer lines everywhere but isn't that just a fact of our lives these days, everywhere ? Give France a big kiss from me ... she needs it.

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  7. Safe and speedy travels, Ken.

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  8. Thanks to all of you for the good wishes.

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  9. Courage ... and may all go well. Take care, Martine

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  10. Bon voyage. I imagine getting through immigration will take even longer than usual. Take a good book.

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    1. Yeah, I have one. Maybe people will have canceled their trips and there won't be so many of us in line at passport control.

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  11. Hope all goes well. There may be some trip cancelations, perhaps you will luck out with an empty seat next to you. Bon courage.

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    1. That's what I've been thinking, Evelyn. Maybe the plane won't be packed full.

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  12. Crossing my fingers for a safe and speedy journey!

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  13. I hate feeling like a sardine when I fly. It does hurt to be optimistic....

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  14. Ken,
    here is what happened to the sister of a friend who lives in the 7th, yesterday morning .
    Taxi was scheduled to pick her up @ 6:30 AM at CDG for her flight arriving from California . Took her more than 2 hours to go through immigration /passport control and then to have her bags checked by some security fellow. Got at the apt at 9:30 AM.
    Things could improve hopefully for you on Monday since Saturday morning was the first day for strict security.

    Au pire je pense que la SNCF pourra vous accommoder car il y aura plusieurs passagers comme vous coincés à cause du contrôle.
    Bon courage et bon voyage.

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    1. I'm scheduled to arrive at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. By then, maybe things won't take so long. I'm going to ask Walt to stay at home until I call him and tell him what train I'm taking from the airport south and where I will arrive. I hope he is reading this.

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  15. This world... Some people don't make the grade of human being. Thinking about you Ken and hoping we can all stay safe.

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    1. Hi Jill. Again, thanks to all for the good wishes.

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  16. Safe trip back to France and fingers crossed that plans fall into place.

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  17. safe travels today, Ken. thinking of you.

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  18. Hoping you are safe at home when you read this, after your tgv ride and greeting Walt in Tours. One can hope.

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  19. Pierre and I have been thinking about our friends and family in France. By now you have probably returned, safely, I hope. Friday was a sad day. There are far too many such sad days in the world today. Take care.

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    1. Hi Juanita and Pierre, nice to hear from you. Harriett W. has told me that Stépane D, Claude C., and others have checked in. All are safe as are their children and grandchildren. Hope you and your Paris friends and family are well too. Yes, too many sad days now. The world doesn't really belong to us any more (if it ever did). I had a smooth re-entry into Paris and France today, with no more than standard glitches and hitches. Time for coffee to combat the lag...

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