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July 4. Home Sweet Home

overcast 26 °C

We caught the 10 AM sailing and are at home. Still no sign of luggage. The adventure continues. Looking forward to my bed. Zzzzzzzzz

July 5. Home

Went to bed at 9:20 after being up for who knows how long. Fell asleep immediately. Then the doorbell rang at 9:45. Luggage! Thank goodness. Had fun unpacking this morning and finding my treasures. Now to catch up on paperwork and attack photos. Our Adventure is over, let's hope our memories last!

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Jul 3. London to VancouverπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Well things went perfectly this morning until we arrived at Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle. As we waved goodbye to our lovely cab driver and entered the terminal we realized that there was no British Airways. Oops. We needed terminal Two. Free shuttle, descend a level if you please. Now you would think that terminal 2 would come after terminal 1. Not at this airport. Terminal three is between 1 & 2. Go figure. So off we went only to find that our flight was delayed. Not a problem. We had a 3 hour layover at Heathrow anyway. Flight left nearly an hour late. Less time to wait in London right? Well almost. We navigated Heathrow again and we were at the right terminal only this time we had to shuttle to our gate. Our flight is called, we all line up and then it is called off! Problem with the air conditioning and it is 33C on board. Now we waited another hour and finally we were called again. This time they called for silver, platinum and gold guests first. Then 1 star, 2 star and 3 star guests. Then millennium, selenium, and uranium guests next and then of course their preferred guests , families with kids, the less ambulatory, rows 512 to 783! No old farts! Their suggestion box will be crammed tomorrow! The plane was steamy but once we got going it cooled off to slightly above freezing. The flight went well but our adventures have not ended. We were one of the first through customs then stood around the baggage carousel in YVR eyes glazing over from sleep deprivation waiting and waiting. By the time the bowels of the airport stopped regurgitating bags we looked over at the euphemistically called Baggage Enquiries to see about 30 people already in line. We had not put our SIM cards back in our cell phones so had not got the text from BA telling us our luggage didn't arrive with the plane. It seems that all the folks missing luggage were on connecting flights into Heathrow, not all from Paris though. By the time we got through that tired cranky crowd (that was just a few of us 😁) we had missed the last ferry. So we are staying at the Sheridan in Richmond compliments of BA. We consider ourselves lucky to get a room this close to the airport as it is an American long weekend and FIFA women's World Cup finals are this weekend so there are few rooms left in the city. As luck would have it we are in a handicapped room (probably not politically correct). It is huge, tub is low with hand rails galore. Bathroom is oversize with a sitz chair in it. We could dance if we hadn't been awake for 24 hours! We are dressed for 38 degree temps and have no sweaters or jackets to wear on the ferry his morning. Can't find my house keys either! Apparently our baggage will arrive at 2:30 today, get sent to the island by Air Canada (now there might be another story) and a courier should contact us for delivery. It's not over yet! We are going down to have a really nice breakfast on BA since we were too tired to take advantage of their generous meal allowance last night.

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Day 27. Thursday. Mauregard, France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

storm 38 °C

We woke up to thunder and lightening. We went downstairs for a continental breakfast and the skies opened up! It rained as hard as I have ever seen. We actually got most of the car loaded in between bouts of it and then we started driving. And it poured buckets off and on for hours. I had looked at the weather map and the storm was tracking from the south and was staying west of Paris. But for hours we would outrun it for 10 minutes and we could see it in our rear view mirror. Then it would catch up to us and pelt us with huge raindrops. This went on for hours. Ron got a great experience driving the countryside and the autobahn in all conditions. We got lost a few times due to the vagaries of our GPS but it always redirected us and got us back on track and we lost little time getting to our B&B. It is now 38C outside so we decided not to go and see an attraction we had planned. Gin & Dennis returned the car to the airport and we are now waiting for them to return by cab. We will take a shuttle to the airport in the morning, thereby saving a few bucks and a bunch of time tomorrow. I have made arrangements in advance to go directly from YVR on Saturday to emergency to have my camera surgically removed from my right hand πŸ˜ƒ. Truly it has become an extension of my arm for the past 27 days and I will just trade it for a mouse. It will take weeks more to go through all the photographs. We have a 3 hour layover at Heathrow tomorrow if all flights are on time and then we will be on our way home. It has been fun keeping our diary of this trip for you to see and I have found myself looking back at it already trying to remind myself of what happened where and when. It has been a busy, busy four weeks. There are still a ton more stories to tell. We are looking forward to seeing everybody and catching up on your lives.

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Day 26 Wednesday. St. Malo πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

sunny 34 °C

We left the the compound of Mont Saint Michel this morning and drove to Saint Malo. There we walked the ramparts of this medieval city. Oh my gosh what views. If the smell of the ocean didn't hit you the amazing blues of the water surrounding this town certainly would tell you you were on the ocean. There is a huge bay which is home to a very large marina, a ferry dock, dry docks and large ocean going ships, sandy beaches, small islands which are still home to old forts and lookouts. The ocean breezes kept us relatively cool until we descended down into the old city. There we baked amid tall old buildings, narrow streets and shops galore. We ate at a CrΓͺperie and of course had a beer. Been doing a lot of that lately in these temperatures! Gin has now succumbed to the plague the guys picked up on the ship and I am trapped in the car with three people coughing and hacking. Ron only got the cough and has not been too sick. Gin has a wretched sore throat which is how Dennis started. Two more days! We had a lovely time in St. Malo and decided to head back towards Paris. We drove the highways for awhile and then headed back into the pretty farm country and stopped for the night in a medieval village called Do Front. We are staying in an old charming French Hotel. It has a Brassiere connected to it and we ate dinner in the back garden. The rooms are small with no A/C and it was 34C when we arrived. Beer again to quench the thirst along with gallons of water. We are still having fun and while we are looking forward to more civilized temperatures and a few home cooked meals we will be sorry to see our adventures come to an end. We could not however afford to eat out in Europe much longer. Tomorrow we head back into Paris and will stay at a B&B near to the airport. Hopefully it will not reach the 38C predicted πŸ”†πŸŒžπŸ˜₯πŸ˜…πŸ˜“πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸΊ 🍺🍻🍺🍻🍺🍻🍺

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Day 25. Mont Saint Michel πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

sunny 34 °C

19C at 8 AM this morning and it climbed rapidly. Dennis & Gin went into Pontorson for a clinic but couldn't find one so went to emerg. Dennis has bronchitis and was given 2 prescriptions. Couldn't fill it though as this area has a very civilized lunch time. All shops close from 12-2p. So they came back to the hotel for a nap and left again to get the Rx filled. Only 7k. We went out to Mont St. Michel after breakfast and climbed and climbed up to the Abbey. We got a narrated tour for only €3 more than the cost of admission and we were so happy we did. This Abbey was begun in 708 and has been constructed and reconstructed since then. Sometimes due to needs, fire, wars etc. and it is magnificent. Listening to the stories, history and folklore associated with it makes me glad to be living in the 21st century πŸ˜ƒ. We had lunch at one of the many, many restaurants up there and we weren't back until 2. By then it was 33C and we were cooking. We are staying inside a restricted area at a lovely hotel with A/C. Thank goodness. The gates only open to this tiny village from 7-midnight. There are about 6 hotels, 7 restaurants and a gallery, grocery and gift store and camping area hidden somewhere we cannot see. I am hoping to stay awake until 10:30 when it is sunset to take photos. We'll see. 34C on the water, the wind is blowing and we are struggling. What wimps! We had a lazy late afternoon in our air-conditioned hotel room, tried to go for a walk, no shade, so went back to relax and read until it cooled down or at least the sun went down enough we could find shade. We did stay up and sawed a gorgeous sunset on Mont Saint Michel and even for a lazy afternoon , covered 9 k.

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