After eight memorable days in Montpellier, we’re on our way home. The airport here is small, reminding me somewhat of Charlottesville, although it’s probably closer to the size of the airport in Richmond. Check-in only took a couple minutes, after which we had enough time to have coffee and pain au chocolat before passing through … Continue reading On our way home
It’s lunchtime on our last full day in Montpellier. Kathryn is preparing a sandwich consisting of most of what’s left in the fridge — ham, cheese, butter — on a fresh baguette. After that we’ll have a dessert of yogurt followed by coffee, since we bought too much of both. With a glass of wine, … Continue reading Last full day in France
I haven’t seen a Starbucks in almost seven days. I’m quite okay with that.
I found some free wifi while walking through Avignon, so I’m taking advantage of it. The train ride from Montpellier was pleasant. Now on with the sightseeing.
We’re wrapping up a lovely first full day in Montpellier. After a restful night of much needed sleep, we were up in time for a breakfast of pain au chocolat and coffee, followed by Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. Then it was an afternoon of walking all over the city and a couple hours spent … Continue reading Lovely first day
We’re at our apartment in Montpellier, with our first shopping trip for provisions out of the way. Lots to do as we head out for Saturday evening.
We’re in Paris at the gate for our connecting flight to Montpellier. The security line was long here, but it went smoothly. The security agents were cool about the fact that I’d left my computer in my backpack. At home I probably would have been read my rights. Speaking of home, it was easy to … Continue reading To my fellow countrymen: Who lives in a police state?
The connection in Atlanta turned out to be a piece of cake. A short train ride, a five minute walk, and we were there. Kathryn and I are in our seats, just waiting for the plane to take off. The flight has a lot of empty seats at the moment. I don’t know if we’re … Continue reading Connection made
I won’t be able to send this from the air, but we’re aboard the first flight to our destination, which is Montpellier, France. Our stops are scheduled in Atlanta and Paris. Right now it looks like this flight is a few minutes behind schedule. We’d be on schedule if three quarters of our fellow passengers … Continue reading Aboard first flight
For me, the most anxiety-inducing part of any air travel is the security checkpoint. Today was a relatively pleasant experience. We sailed through the checkpoint in about five minutes, which might be a personal best for Sky Harbor Airport. Our flight doesn’t board for over an hour, so we have some time to relax.
The bags are packed. The house is tidy. All that remains is a ride to the airport. We expect that any minute. It’s been a relatively stress-free day so far. Most of the preparations were done last night. We had time this morning for exercise and even a brief stop at church. I’ll post status … Continue reading Bags are packed
By the way, we’re safely home from Paris and back in Phoenix, as we have been for the past six days. I just realized I forgot to update my blog with that info, although anyone who might care likely already knows.
Kathryn and I have arrived safely in Paris. It was snowing at Charles de Gaulle Airport when we landed, and it’s still snowing in Paris as I write. More to follow later.
I managed to get out of bed this morning in time for an early hike before work. It’s one of those few beautiful weeks we see every spring in Phoenix. The sun is up early enough to start a hike at 5:30 am, but it’s not too hot outside. Today was gorgeous. There was no discernible wind, and yet the air was clear. The brown cloud that normally covers the city during the week was nowhere to be seen.
In addition to adding new content, I’m constantly tweaking the layout of this blog. This morning, on a whim, I reset the default blog theme, essentially casting aside a year’s worth of customizations. Over the next several days, you’ll see more changes than usual. Unless you’re viewing on a mobile phone, in which case you … Continue reading Temporarily under construction
Kathryn and I arrived home safely from Mexico yesterday evening. I’ll continue posting updates until I’ve run out of stories from the trip. More photos are coming too.
I wrote off any chance of getting out for a hike in the early morning today because I had a 9 am meeting scheduled with my team lead. So what did I find when I arrived at work?
We’re safely back in Phoenix. More later.
We made it to Houston, finally. We have boarding passes through to Munich. Even that took two tries, though, since on the first try we got boarding passes for the flight we’d already missed. Way to go, Air France.
I made a last-minute executive decision this morning to do an overnight trip to Vegas. I got in the car at 8:10, and thanks to the miracle of time zones, I was at my hotel at 12:20. I’m going to see how much trouble I can get into by myself in less than 28 hours. I’ve already wandered off the Strip, and I’m settling into my second beer.
Long story short, I’m home.
In the middle of Þingvellir National Park in Iceland, and I suddenly have an Internet connection again. I thought I’d pop my head up before I get back to Reykjavik and it doesn’t work again. I’m safe and well. More to follow when able.
I took a day trip today to Nogales, a city that straddles the Arizona-Mexico border, and I went on the other side of the fence for a couple hours to have a look around.
I just found out that the reason this train is an hour behind schedule is because the train hit and killed an old man on a bicycle at a level crossing just outside of Prague.
I’m now on the train towards Innsbruck, less than two hours away from Salzburg. It is 11:45 a.m.