thursday, october 30, 2008
we leave bern on a cold snowy morning. our train is right on time…you expect this in switzerland!
we have a compartment to ourselves and one other traveler, a young french engineer returning from a business trip. he is quite chatty and remarkably cynical for such a young man (he’s 31) but not without humour and the 5 hour trip passes quickly. the first half is quite beautiful as it has snowed heavily and outside is a winter wonderland.
getting into paris is like coming home. it is so familiar and the hotel palym is perfect. we’ve stayed here before and it’s in a great location for travelers. our room has a fantastic view of the gare de lyon and the rooftops of paris. we have most of the afternoon to do as we please, me to shop and rick for one last nostalgic visit to notre dame. yes blair!
supper is at a small family run restaurant specializing in northern french cuisine, basic hearty fare, perfect for a cold night.
we crash early after preparing our luggage for the final leg.
friday, october 31, 2008.
morning comes too soon, we have our last breakfast of croissants and head for the airport bus and the flight to amsterdam.
the time for connecting flights in amsterdam is less than we expect and soon we’re in a line-up waiting to clear security…no time for last minute shopping.
one god awful long flight 10 hours to be exact in crowded conditions, 3 movies, food and drink (and unlike the trip over, very pleasant stewards.) a quick taxi ride home after a very fast trip through customs.
photos courtesy of flickr members
(i’m saving the lost luggage for another day…always take your carry on with you!)
good night! good bye.
addendum: the carry on was returned on sunday night – minus the camera, other gifts and a few books. we’re sad at what we’ve lost. the items we’re stolen from the bag at charles de gaulle airport as the security tape on the bags is all air france which was the connector we took to amsterdam.