We have finally reached the end of this grand adventure.. our first as a family. It's a big milestone and the significance is not lost on either Ange or I. This adventure was an ambitious undertaking from its conception and it not over, not by a long way. We are still a long way from home, still have to get settled back into jobs and get the kids reestablished at school.
Then we have to start planning the next big adventure....
I don't think I can express all the powerful emotions that I've been experiencing these last few days: longing for home, desire to accomplish more, regret for missed opportunities and mostly a sense of satisfaction, individually and for the whole family.
We did this... it wasn't like bumming around Europe in our carefree early twenties. This was uprooting a family and resettling in a foreign language and culture. I'm very proud of this achievement, especially for the boys, who despite the school lunches were thrown far into the deep end both at school and socially.
Tomorrow evening we leave Charles de Gaulle bound for Dubai on route to Auckland. It looks like all our remaining "checked" luggage will come in under the 100kg limit but this was a near thing as just today we stumbled upon a brocante shop while on an afternoon stroll around the neighbourhood.
We had a fantastic last meal tonight. The owner of the apartment came over to drop off the deposit cheque and recommended a small cafe/ tavern a few blocks away. It turned out to be just the type of restaurant we had been looking for: very french, not too flash and with a good selection. Perhaps a year ago, I would have also had to include "with a menu suitable for our kids" but these days they'll try anything, in fact tonight Henry had king prawns marinated in garlic and basil with basmati rice.