We were picked up at the hotel at 10 and taken to CDG. We were quite early, but had a small drama going through security into the waiting area. I had completely forgotten that the pate and cheese knives I had bought in Venice, with Murano glass handles, were in the hand luggage. Of course, the scanner picked them up. The French security guard was very nice, I know she realised that they were expensive presents. She said the pate knives were OK as they were blunt and fat bladed, but the cheese knives had to go. She advised me to go back through customs and put the knives in a bag and check them through to Sydney, but that would mean unpacking one of the backpacks and lugging whatever was in that by hand – it was all too much trouble for 20E. So we lost the 2 knives, totally due to my forgetfulness. Sigh.
The trip was pretty good, much better than coming over, and I think that was because we had the 5 hour delay in Hong Kong on the trip over. Without any delays, the trip home was fast and comfortable.
We arrived back to a freezing cold night, and even though we put on all the heaters and all our coats, were not able to warm up for days. It's a very cold August, apparently.
Well, today is actually 24th August, and I have just finished posting the last week in France. So how does it feel to be home again?
I'll let you know another day.