16 Days in France (Going Home)

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[The next morning we’re in a cab on the way to DeGaulle.  I think I tried to look this place up a while ago.  If I discovered what it is, I’ve forgotten?]

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[This too?]

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[Is this where the New Jersey Giants play?]

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[OK, we’re heading home.  We got to the airport almost 4 hours early.  It was a good thing we did.  First, it was Reetz’s final chance to see if her luggage was still (if ever) in the bowels of DeGaulle.  It took a while, but it was ultimately determined it was not.  In fact, they said her luggage was in Chalon-sur-Saone – that was the last stop on the river cruise a week ago!  Then the supervisor tried to get a refund on the train ride to Paris we didn’t get because they were on strike – after a few window stops, it was determined that that would best be done by our travel agent, the HQ, when we got home.  Then there was the matter of some tax re-imbursable items purchased by Reetz because of the lost luggage.  Well, that took about three different windows in three different locations, each with a line.  We made it to our gate as boarding was beginning!]

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[See the little white dots?  This was either in the English Channel or off the coast of Scotland – both have wind turbines.]

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[Coming into Iceland . . .]

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[This time there were a lot more signs of civilization than on the flight over.]

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[I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now . . . On the trip over, Greenland was totally in cloud cover.  I was hoping for better luck this time . . . ]

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[And I got it.  What a stark and foreboding place Greenland is!]

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[We take a momentary break from Greenland for Jennifer Lawrence.  No, this is not from the iCloud, but from whatever movie I was watching.  I think she is the star actor of her generation and I’m a big fan.  🙂  ]

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[Meanwhile, Greenland continued below.]

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[Land, ho!  My goodness, just as foreboding as Greenland.]

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[Inland water.]

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[We’re going to catch the southern end of Hudson Bay.]

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[Approaching the Bay, then I believe over it.]

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[Heading toward Superior . . .]

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[An ultimately, the last shots of vacation, Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota’s inland sea!  🙂  ]

Gee but it’s great to be back home, home is where I wanna be-e-e-e!  ~  Paul Simon

Up next:  Some members of this expedition are planning a similar adventure in Eastern Europe next year.  Till then, it’s Cardinal sports and music!  🙂

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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