Wednesday, October 5, 2016
05.10.2016 - 06.10.2016
Up at 6:45 to get ready for the big trip home. We skipped breakfast . . . probably not a great idea because I didn’t have the Peugeot return address so we spent a lot of time messing with the GPS and finally had to call Peugeot to get their address. Then we ran into standstill traffic as all France headed to the airport. We finally got to the airport and the road to Peugeot return was blocked with traffic cones and there were a million taxis aiming at us as they headed into a car wash. We couldn’t find any other way onto the blocked street. Couldn’t get through so called Peugeot again and they said they’d send someone. No one came and we saw another car go through the cones so we decided to try it . . . not very cheerfully. It worked! We returned the car and they drove us to Terminal 1 for our flight.
We checked in last night but needed to get our boarding passes and check our bags. No problem. We headed to the gate and ended up in a line that stretched forever. We stood in line and finally got our passports stamped. United only had one and then finally two passport check stations open despite a very high volume of passengers. Next, we were directed upstairs to another very long line for security. It was so bad people were missing flights. We were really glad we'd allowed extra time. Even at that, we knew it would be close. Finally got through security and to our gate . . . exhausted. United charges for a second bag so people were carrying on huge amounts of stuff. I've often wondered what they do with all that stuff on vacation. We did find a place for our bags that are conveniently small, moved a lady out of my seat and got settled for a long flight to Dulles. I changed my phone back to my USA SIM card on the plane.
Dulles had a long hike to passport check but everything went pretty smoothly. Now waiting for the next long flight.
The second flight was shorter but seemed longer because we were tired. However, it did end; we did arrive in San Francisco and did get the BART to Pleasant Hill station where Peg met us, took us home and tucked us in. What a long day! Good to be back.
If you have questions about traveling in France, you may find some answers here. Check the table of contents. FeeI free to ask questions in the comment section and I'll see if I can answer them. Click here: Questions about France
We spent a month in Paris for our 50th Anniversary. If you want to follow that trip, go to Paris in the Springtime