Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our European Vacation: Ohio to Paris

It was still dark outside when we made our final trip preparations and said goodbye to my parents.  We had a three hour drive to the airport and were nervous about getting there without any problems.  This was the trip of a lifetime and so many things could go wrong before it truly began.  We kissed sleeping children in their beds, hugged the grandparent-babysitters, said thank you for the thousandth time and set off.

Thankfully, the trip to the airport, while long, was uneventful and we arrived at the lot where I'd made reservations for parking almost two hours before our flight was scheduled to leave.  The parking people were efficient and pleasant and we enjoyed telling them where we were going.  Paris, Berlin, London.  Just saying it made us even more excited about the days ahead.  The parking lot attendant told us a horror story about a trip his family had taken to Italy, ending by saying, "But I'm sure y'all are going to have a wonderful trip" and we agreed. We were going to have a wonderful trip.

The first leg of our journey took us from Pittsburgh to Boston.  A long layover at the Boston airport gave us the opportunity to shop in the duty free store and have dinner.  Sam Adams never tasted so good.  We decided to change some money in Boston so we wouldn't have to search for an exchange place or bank in the Paris airport at 6a.m.  We figured there were going to be enough challenges upon arrival that eliminating the currency exchange would be a good idea.

We were surprised at the number of times our passports and boarding passes were checked and double checked before we boarded.  Once at the desk in front of the boarding gate, again at the gate, once in the passage way that led from the gate to the plane and again at the plane.  After running the gauntlet to board the plane, the trip across the pond was uneventful.  We were a bit disappointed that the plane only had one movie playing rather than the individual units that allowed travelers to select their own movies.  The movie wasn't one that interested me so I was thankful for my book on MP3.  A number of chapters, two meals and several naps later we touched down in Paris.

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