Tuesday, May 20, 2008

En Route -- CDG

Let’s face it -- air travel is just plain stressful. Every step of the line involves yet another line. Shoes come off; shoes go on.

But so far the best surprise was the meal on Air France, which was announced with a “postcard” menu: couscous with salmon appetizer, succulent beef tips with vegetables, chocolate pudding, Camembert, and an assortment of alcoholic beverages. I usually stick to seltzer, but in the interest of falling asleep I went with a delicious Viognier and Pear Williams liqueur.

It’s a good thing we slept because we needed all the energy we could muster to stand in yet more lines in Paris en route to Rome: immigration, security, money exchange.

For the weary traveler, there was an island of calm. It was tempting, but we decided to spend our money on a croissant, a cafe au lait, and a Vittel.

The sun is shining in Paris. Could it be that the weather prediction for Rome was wrong? Hope springs eternal!


Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

weather forecasts are notoriously wrong! even if it rains you are away and in the midst of the next great adventure and in ROME!!

bon voyage. happy that you made it to paris safe, albeit a bit beat....but air france sure knows how to feed folks!

happy to read the bundling method worked! look forward to your travel dispatchs - armchair travel is the next best thing!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

As tiring as travel itself might be, I find the anticipation even more exhausting. And thrilling. I'm excited for you!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

"Be relax" -- LOL! That's funny.

On the issue of finding space in your luggage...maybe you could leave those big books behind as you read them? Backpackers' lodges and the like are always looking for books. I've done that while traveling.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Aileen said...

Have a fantastic trip! Since I travel so much for work, I'm not as bothered by all the hassles. When I'm flying overseas, I'm usually so excited about the upcoming vacation that I don't even notice!

You're so lucky to have this amazing vacation!

10:43 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i hope you have a wonderful wonderful time.

i'm sure it wont rain all the time.

Well, no, of course i'm not. But i hope it wont.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve, Reya -- Re: the books. I actually have 4 books: 3 novels and a guidebook for Venice. I can't very well leave them behind because they are library books.

It's rained most every minute since we arrived. But I have a dynamite rain poncho!

4:55 PM  
Blogger GEWELS said...

No different from here- it's rained, hard, all day.
Poor Jakey was absolutely drenched!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

Maybe just stay in Paris...

10:01 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

GEWELS -- You can't imagine how excited Jake was to go visit you and your dogs once again! I just hope he didn't shake off inside your house...

Ulysses -- It was tempting to enjoy some time in sunny Paris.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Lettuce -- I never thought a 70% rain prediction could bring with it so much water!

4:55 PM  

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