We did have some challenges getting to our hotel from the airport on our trip back to Paris from Manchester. There were no attendants to give advice or sell the exact ticket we wanted so we ended probably paying the most possible to get from point A to point B. Everyone else was jumping over the barriers because they knew there wasn't anyone checking tickets. We are not quite that bold.
Leaving Paris all the taxis were on strike an so were the regional trains RER and the TGV. So getting to the airport was a difficult task for everyone. We on the other hand continue to be blessed with friends like our undercover taxi driver Matheu whom we met the day we arrived in Paris back in July 2013. He is one of the most reliable taxi drivers we know who wants to work and does it no matter what. He provided his services several times during our stay around Paris. As luck would have it the freeways to the airport were blocked on the other side of the road so we made it to the airport just on time.
The Air Canada flights back home went very smooth with customs and luggage. We collected our bikes and the rest of the luggage in Montreal and rechecked without any problems. We made it all the way to Calgary with all our luggage too.
Ahh! Home Sweet Home. It was great to embrace Hugh who greeted us at the airport. Our dog looking terrific and wagged her tail when she saw us. A few minutes after our re-encounter, she loved us just the same.
Flowers and bread were brought to us by our neighbour friends and their smiles made us feel ever so welcomed. Thank you friends.
This trip was filled with many adventures and it certainly tested our strength, patience, and ability to communicate in a language other than English. It gave us the opportunity to embrace other cultures and understand modern times that are shaped from past history. We had our challenges on the road but nothing that we could not embrace.
We want to say Thanks a Million to our family and friends who supported us during our absence whether by shoveling the snow, provinding care to our dog, praying for our safety and sending many words of encouragement which meant a lot to us. Many thanks to all our blog followers. We are also thankful for all the help and advice and hospitality we received from all our friends we visited from north to south of Europe and in between, the new friends we made and all the strangers who gave great directions on the road when we were a bit lost. To all of you, Thank You.
We start to empty out the contents of our storage box in Paris, there is no way it is all going to fit inside our luggage.
Just half of it barely fits inside our hotel room!
There is the rest of our luggage, they moved us to a larger room. Al almost died under the rain so takes his coat and hat off and has a tantrum.
Last view of the bicycles in Paris airport.
Almost home :)
There is still a lot of renovations at the Calgary airport.
Waiting for our luggage and feeling so lagged, that we can see a moose made of suitcases.
Yeah! Got all our luggage, paid our taxes and going home.
Thanks Hugh for picking us up, we sure can use a truck.