I took these photos later in the day, near sunset, after posting my recent sunrise photos. A front (une pertubation) was moving in from the northwest, bringing rain or at least the threat of it. This slideshow is made up of eight photos and runs for less than a minute. These photos are not in chronological order, and I probably should have put the picture of the beautiful sunset last in the series. It hows how the day ended.
My North Carolina trip begins tomorrow. First I have to take a train from Saint-Aignan via Tours to CDG airport north of Paris. I'll spend the night in an airport hotel and fly out on Thursday morning, destination Raleigh-Durham airport in North Carolina, arriving in the middle of the afternoon the same day. There I'll pick up a rental car and drive 3½ hours out to the coast, to my home town. It's a long trip — from Saint-Aignan to Morehead City— it takes about 36 hours. At my age, it's pretty tiring. Not to mention the jet lag (six hour time difference with France).
However, I've decided to go into Paris for dinner Wednesday night, after checking in at the airport hotel and leaving my luggage in my hotel room. Some friends from California are arriving in Paris a few hours before I do, and I've found an interesting looking café in central Paris where we can have dinner together.
The last time I went to Paris was in October 2017 — Oct. 9, to be exact. I was flying off to N.C. that time too, and I took the train from the airport into the city on the evening before departure. I had a good dinner with CHM in his neighborhood in Paris and then took a long walk through the city before catching my RER train back to the airport. Tomorrow is again Oct. 9, and I'm more or less retracing my steps two years later to the day. Walt says I'm in a rut.
If I recall correctly, I, too, was leaving Paris for Washington, D.C., the same day as you, but we didn't meet each other at the airport,ReplyDelete
I think my flight was earlier than yours.Delete
Yes, that's right. I knew there was a reason. This time, have a nice fligt. Hope you'll be able to do some shuteye, in view of what's ahead of you.Delete
I think I remember that your last flight to NC, despite its length, was relatively pleasant, so I wish that for you again :)ReplyDelete
You're right, Judy. Thanks for the good wishes.Delete
hope you have smooth travels! we're going to visit daughter and family at end of the month and we have a very long day from asheville to atlanta to jfk to barcelona to a train to valencia...whew....ReplyDelete
It's quite a schlep, isn't it?Delete
Have a safe journey, Ken. I hope you'll be having a wonderful time in the US.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I'm looking forward not to the 36 hours of travel time, but to my arrival and actually being there. And that dinner in Paris too.Delete
I hope you have an empty seat next to you, Ken. Bon voyage and enjoy your time in Paris.ReplyDelete
Ooh, I hope I do too. I've had good luck up to now with this Delta CDG-RDU non-stop flight.It will be strange to be in Morehead but not chez MA, with her and surrounded by all her things.Sue and I will go take a stroll around Ekklesia one day, but that might be a little sad for me.Delete
Bon courage, Ken for the sadness you'll feel on this visit. Your mom's spirit will be everywhere, especially Ekklesia. My first trip back to Louisville as an orphan was bittersweet. We just keep moving on and enjoying what lies ahead.Delete
Bon voyage! Do write up your Paris dinner if you enjoy the comestibles.ReplyDelete
Bon voyage from me, too, Ken! Very impressive to be awake for 36 hours...I don't think I could do that!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your stay in NC with your sister! And, yes, please tell us all about that dinner in Paris!
Nice that you are meeting some friends in Paris for dinner! If they're from CA they're gonna be jet lagged. Hope you have a smooth and empty flight and the car rental place upgrades ya!ReplyDelete
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