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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Heading to Paris right after the Bataclan terrorist attacks -- brave or foolish, but we went.

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Big Bear Lake, California from the plane

Big Bear Lake, California from the plane

Up early to get ready. Our flight has changed twice so it's later than we had planned. We packed yesterday keeping things at a minimum, especially electronics, due to heightened security because of the recent horrific terrorist bombing in Paris. Ate, finished packing, fed Mimi and as I cleaned the litter box, the phone rang. Our shuttle was early. Rushed downstairs, grabbed our coats, said “bye” to Mimi and were off to the airport. Mimi's cat sitter will arrive soon to keep her entertained.

Arrived at the Sacramento Airport early and since I had printed our boarding passes at home, we quickly checked our bags. If security was heightened, we saw no sign of it. We zipped through and found our waiting area . . . with three hours to wait! Ed got me a Peet’s coffee and I found an electric outlet for my Kindle and checked e-mail and Virtual Tourist. Next, we had to have our boarding passes reprinted because of a plane change. This worked out well because we got seats together for Los Angeles. It was an oddly bumpy flight in beautiful weather but we arrived without incident. At Los Angeles we checked the board for our gate and it said TBT. We had no idea what TBT stood for so found someone and asked . . . Tom Bradley Terminal. We needed to change terminals to International, so off we went. Not much in the way of signs so we asked again and had the choice of a very long bus ride or a seven-minute walk. We walked.

The only problem with walking was wading through all the smokers along the way . . . smelly! However, we soon found TBT and started our search for Air France. A kindly gentleman from Lufthansa checked our passports and reprinted our boarding passes (again) and sent us off to security. We arrived just as they opened a new line and were ushered right through. Shoes stayed on, computers and liquids remained in our carry-ons and no pat-downs. LAX was actually pleasant, a new experience.

We found our gate and a seat and I went in search of lunch which appeared in the form of a Reuben at Ink Spot on the concourse. We split one and it was excellent and very reasonable. Now we wait to board a HUGE plane. Next stop, Paris!

Posted by Beausoleil 21:24 Archived in USA

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It must have been "interesting" to visit Paris at that time but I wouldn't say foolish :-)

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