Wednesday, December 9, 2015
09.12.2015 - 10.12.2015
The wake-up call came at 4:15 . . . a little early! Turned over and went back to sleep. Fortunately my alarm did go off at 5:00 and we had no trouble getting ready in plenty of time. Went down to check out at 6:00 AM and the desk was empty. I rang the bell. No action. I rang again. After about four tries and beating on the door, a very sleepy clerk arrived. We only owed two euros city tax but he needed to unlock the door so we could get out. When he saw us standing outside in the cold waiting for the shuttle, he insisted we come inside and wait comfortably and got me some hot coffee while he watched for our shuttle. I just love the staff here at Hotel France de Quartier Latin. They really seem to want you to enjoy your stay and the rooms are clean and comfy. The price is very reasonable and the location can't be beat. [Hotel de France Quartier Latin, 108 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France; tel: +33 (0)1 4707-1904; http://www.hotelfrancequartierlatin.com/en/]
The shuttle finally arrived and loaded us up. On a little extra tour before we had to leave, we drove all over Paris to pick up three other people and then drove to the airport. Some people complain about the shuttle, but we've had only good experiences with it and always enjoy the little extra tour as other riders are picked up and dropped off. [Paris Blue Shuttle; tel: +33 (0)1 3011-1300; http://www.paris-blue-airport-shuttle.fr/] The airport machine refused to scan our passports so we found an Air France man who sent us to luggage check and he printed our boarding passes and checked our bags. Off to security where we kept our shoes on but did have to remove the computer and Kindle from their bags. Easy enough. Found our gate, had a final croissant and boarded the plane. We’re now on a very bumpy flight over the Atlantic.
Later: Arrived safely in Los Angeles and went through endless long lines to collect luggage, clear Customs and find our flight to Sacramento. This, of course, involved a long trek to the domestic terminal through a myriad of smokers on break outside. No fresh air here . . .
Another longish wait and boarded and flew to Sacramento without incident. Good to get home and see Mimi, our cute kitty, again!
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