Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog


With GeePS a casualty of the trip, our return to CDG was never going to be a stress free day and at day's end this assumption was well founded.

The day started well with a check out at 1000hrs, followed by breakfast at the Marina. This comprised a sandwich and pastries brought by Kaye at a Patisserie and consumed with coffee at a cafe overlooking the water. While waiting for Kaye, I watched a family of six of which the second youngest child was handicapped and confined to a wheel chair. After a while, I philosophised that good children and good families come from caring parents.

We departed Honfleur just before 1100hrs for CDG ( 215 Km's) and with only a few loop du loops made it to the the A13, the life line to Paris. The next leg of the trip was uneventful and we stopped once to re- fill the car. The increasing traffic and the many unknown destination names that appeared as we approached Paris had us flying blind and in doubt, as to whether a view of the Eiffel Tower had us too close to the city. The life saver was the CDG signage and the iPad GPS on Google maps changing our direction NNE. As we approached CDG we flashed past a Total Servo thinking how nice it would be to have had warning and taken the opportunity to refill. Finding our Hotel at Roissy - en - France, was no great problem and after dropping off our bags proceeded to find the the servo for a refill to return the car. This is where the frustrations started and for 50+mins we did loop on loop of the airport, seeing the single road we wanted but unable to track onto it. An information board proved to be a big help but required a sketch diagram to complete the puzzle. Having refueled and been given simple directions, we drove straight to the Avis drop off point and with some relief checked in, noting our trip mileage at 2440 Km's of which too many were done at CDG.

If we thought it was plain sailing from here on, it was not to be, as we spent some time walking the corridors of T2 trying to find the shuttle bus to our hotel. Eventually found, we then had a bus driver who was not sure if he was dropping us off at our particular hotel - it appears there is more than one Residhome in the area. Thankfully we were on the right track; made it to our hôtel; checked in and proceeded to relax in the bar awaiting dinner at 1900hrs.

We were the first to dine and Kaye was quite taken by her smoked salmon cannanole on a bed of avocado, apple and pistachio - hasn't stopped talking about it since. I had the lamb and we we shared a lemon chello and basil tiramisu. A pleasant final dining experience which had us back in our room by 2000hrs.

Tommorow, we plan to take the 0917hrs shuttle to T1 for our 1200hr Singapore airlines flight to Singapore with a 13 hrs stopover. Our ETA in Sydney is 0650 hrs Thursday, 2 Jul with our 0915 hrs Murray bus arriving in Canberra at 1230hrs. All going to plan that is?? This will conclude another enjoyable experience of travel.

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