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Ahhhh Paris


On the plane to Paris! Yippee!! and Wow!!

It's 3:32 pm local time. Minneapolis that is.

I can no longer say I can't believe it, as it is happening.

Great plane. Nice and roomy which is huge for a long flight. I have a window seat. Am sitting in 39A and one person next to me, so easy to get in and out. Don't think I have sat on such a roomy plane in the past. We are on a Boeing 767 and flight is expected to take 8 hours and 40 minutes. Paris is 7 hours ahead of Minneapolis.

It is beautiful, warm and sunny outside. Probably about 22 or 23 degrees.

No individual tvs but monitor is quite close and also close to bathroom and tons of leg space.

Flight to Paris was fairly smooth. Just a bit of turbulence. Sat next to a very nice and interesting man. He is a community college English professor in a small town in Michigan. He was articulate, compassionate and smart. Talked to him for a good part of our trip. Never needed to open my book. Movies were The Bounty Hunter, then one with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, think it was the Ghost Writer and then Whip It. I only watched Whip It. Pretty funny Deb. You gotta see it. Those chicks are smoking tough.

Conversation was much deeper than is usually exchanged between two strangers as he was enroute to his father's funeral. I also shared with him after about my loss as well and the significance of this trip.

At times it seemed like forever before we landed in Paris. I did doze and made myself sleep but even then I don't think I slept for more than 1 1/2 hours or so.

Awesome service on this Delta flight as well.

Arrived at the airport and then went through customs and got my checked baggage. Then I was off to meet the shuttle to get to the hotel. Everything went well and smoothly.

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Are We There Yet?

Arrived at airport sometime shortly after 12 midnite. It was like a ghost town. Deserted. People were asleep on the seats and the floor. A few were milling about trying the pass the time. I tried the internet for a bit. Literally it was a bit as it had to shut itself down after it experienced an unexpected problem.

A last trip to the ladies and it was time to get some shut eye.

I dozed off for about 40 minutes although it felt much longer. I felt disoriented and forgot where I was except that it was awkward to sleep.

Dozed on and off again until about 330. The airport had come to life. Passengers were lined up to get boarding passes and check in luggage. Line up after line up and sometime after 4 I was through.

Happy to check in the one allowed suitcase. My carry didn't quite fit into the carry on measure bin. It's the yoga mat and I didn't want to leave home without it. This mat has been to New York and now France. I hope if time and the opportunity permits that I take a class there.

Still feeling dazed as I really only slept for about 2 1/2 hours. It was quite different being at the airport before the sun rose.

One by one the stores started to open up as did the restaurants. Did the smart thing and had a breakfast english muffin at Tim Hortons. It is now 544 and in just under an hour my plane to Minneapolis will leave.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

If I had to hang out in an airport this is a fairly nice one. Large, spacious, lots of shopping and food choices.

Didn't buy anything, I just wandered in and out of a few stores.

Decided to grab some lunch. Thought about Chinese but looking at it didn't appeal to me.

Instead I found a Wolfgang Puck Express. Pretty good choice and it was fairly healthy. Had a chicken aoili sandwich while I read the past weekend's Vancouver Sun cover to cover. I took my time because I reminded myself I'm on vacation.

Way too tired still I guess as I dozed off several times while typing this.

Delta flight arrived on schedule and it was a fairly uneventful flight. I slept through most of it and it was the best sleep for an upright one. Stewards were very accommodating. I was one of the last passengers to board and as a result all the
overhead luggage bins were filled to the brim. A steward took my suitcase and said he would have it checked in and sent to Paris for me. He came to see me a little while later to let me know that my lucky suitcase would instead travel in first class to Minneapolis.

Great travel experience so far.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

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It is the evening before my departure and I can hardly wait. From what everyone has told me I will not be disappointed. It is truly the trip of a lifetime. A dream come true.

I am packed and ready to go. No more panicking as this trip has been well planned. Almost a year in the making.

First stop is Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Rodin. I have loved Rodin since my 20's when I read the incredible story of his life. I have always admired his work and was lucky enough to see a fair sized collection at our very own Vancouver Art Gallery some time ago. The art I know will be mind boggling. The culture, the architecture and of course the food and wine.

There was almost a calm for me for these last few weeks as I felt like I could hardly believe that this dream is finally coming true. I didn't want to get too excited, just in case. In the past the dream of Europe wasn't something easy to attain as something always came up, children, marriage, divorce, husbands, family, and oh yes, money.

In my early 20's the French Riviera was that glamourous place that I hoped to go to one day. Now I will really get to go to all those places and see all those things that I had only seen in the movies or read about. Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Nice, Marseille, Lyon, etc. Wow. I am so very grateful and fortunate to be going.

As I plan what to see, where to shop and what to eat and drink I wonder how I will get to do it all. I also don't want to rush and I want to savour with all five senses the essence of France. Perhaps the only solution to doing it all is to forgo sleep. Mmm we will see how it all goes. Au revoir.

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