Monday, November 07, 2016

France&Fez, Day 16: Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, we rose around 4:30 AM Paris time (9:30 PM on Monday night, NM time), and hoofed the 3/4 of a mile to the Luxembourg RER station through a dark and sleeping Paris.  We were on the RER by 6 AM.

In the airport, we treated ourselves to some final pain au chocolat before boarding our plane, and then waiting for an hour while they changed some sort of breaker.  But finally, it was up, up and away from France.

When we were finally descending towards Newark, NJ, many hours later, the plane mysteriously rose again, and gave us a lovely view of New York harbor, the Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty.  The captain informed us that they had gotten a warning light about a flap, and were circling as they completed some safety checks, and then we would land.  We made a huge circle, and did, indeed, land the second time around. We did notice, however, that there were many emergency vehicles lining our runway!  

After we disembarked, we went through customs for the last time, rechecked our bags, found our gate, and walked right on to our plane to Denver. In Denver, we found a restaurant to get some dinner, and then headed to ABQ.  My sweet parents picked us up at the airport at 8:30 PM NM time.  Our day had already been about 23 hours awake and standing.  Longest day ever!

The following day we drove back to LA, and started acclimating to our own time zone and altitude.  It was a glorious and enjoyable adventure, and I am very grateful for all of it.

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