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Arrival

Delayed but safe

We arrived at the airport no problem due to Nathan's excellent driving skills. The sun is out and our spirits are high. Very excited to be able to go on this trip. Corinne is shopping for gifts to give our hosts in Avignon and Montauban. The one thing I don't like about travel is the hurry up and wait aspect. And expensive airport shops. And expensive airport food. Ok, that's three things. And cramped seats. And trying to sleep on a plane. Amongst the things I don't like about travel include those listed above, but I must say the food at Spinnaker's at YYJ was very good.

I have never been first on a plane before. No special circumstances, they called for passengers and Corinne and I just strolled up. Technically I was 2nd, Corinne was first. With no one behind us Corinne scoped out our seats (row 2)., and we sat down, several minutes later the next passenger gets on, walks up, and politely asks us to move. Corinne chose the wrong seats. We were on the other side of the plane.

The ride over was bumpy and interesting because the flight attendant regaled the couple in front of us with takeoff and landing horror stories. I guess when you have been in the industry for 30 years you get to see a few things. I'm not certain if the likelihood of these events happening goes up with years of experience, or if she was just unlucky. I hoped for the former. We landed safely without incident so I guess probability ruled.

The flight to Amsterdam was delayed a little, but we made it safe and sound. Waited for our flight to Marseille, which was also delayed by about an hour. Apparently there is a strike in France which was causing delays. Arrived to 20C plus in Marseille.
Got the car and had to ask how to put it in reverse. Off we went with google maps as our guide, on paper. Never again. Pay for GPS or else make certain your data plan works! Had to pull over after getting lost on the maze of streets from the airport. Found out our car has navigation, in French, so off we went. One crucial piece of info we should have had, probably, was the actual address of the hotel...lovely countryside tho.
Found the hotel in as calm a manner as two hungry jet lagged travelers lost on a tiny country road could be, and all was good. Checked in, got directions to restaurants, went, found one, sat down, looked at the prices, and then shrugged. Oh well. It's one meal. And what a meal it was.
Salad with buffalo mozzarella and air dried ham with fennel on a bed of m√Ęche. Meat stew with sausage, duck, pork belly with these yummy beans. A bottle of wine (not emptied) and we were done. No dessert please, just the bill and off to bed.
So full.
So tired.
So good to be here.

Posted by MadameBallam 02:12

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