Saturday, 13 December 2008

From the gate at CDG

What a mission.. I'll need to help myself to a few wines once we are aboard.  Either that or crack open the duty free.

We made it through Friday afternoon Paris traffic without running out of fuel.. however the McD's at the airport had run out of burgers and then fries. Have you ever heard of that.. so no fries or burgers - what else is there? 

The check-in was a mission.. there were two groups in front of us and both left the counter without boarding passes looking to go pay for excess luggage. I knew this was going to be hard but when the lady asked to weigh our carry on, I really thought that we were screwed.  I put on my best french and started to move the kids around like the 'ol "watch the moving box" street trick.  I managed to totally confuse her.. she ended up weighing our lightest carry-on three times (instead of the heavy ones) and completely missed my computer bag. The strap of this bag is starting to tear, well it does weight 20kg.

Anyway - we thankfully got through all the luggage checks with lots of smiles and merci's.

We were then confronted by the border patrol who insisted that we should have had carte de sejours for the three kids as well as ourselves.. who were we to say that the prefecture in Dordogne told us we didn't need them.  Anyway lots of phone calls and a few supervisors later then let us through.

Now we only had to get our carry past the final security check..  some people were being sent back to check luggage in.  Imagine the line of five of us each pulling a large carry on and getting through scanner. Henry and James can barely pull theirs let alone lift them.  Of course there was something in the one of bags that drew their interest.. but the guy picked out the wrong bag to check.. the light one with clothes.  I opened a few others pulling out various brocant items.. I think they got they picture and decided to wave this troublesome group through before the traffic to CDG started to back up on the A1.

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Phew.... I found the only electrical outlet (battery is stuffed remember) right next to a small pay area with a playstation for the kids.  Ange is off duty free shopping...  Boarding in 15 mins. Life is good. 

We are off!!!!

Thats it.. all bags packed except for my computer bag.  Checked luggage weighs in at around 108kg, our limit is 100kg but there are a few items we can ditch if we have to. I had better keep quiet about all the carry-on stuff in the hope that Emirates don't notice it.  

The car is pretty full.. it is just 27km to the airport and the dial tells me that I have 50km of diesel left.. The idea with euro lease is that you hand the car back empty, which in this case I'm interpreting quite literally.

We are going to arrive at the airport with hours to spare, our plane leaves at 9pm, which is 12pm local time Dubai, we arrive at 6:40am local and Denise has arranged a big day for us to explore the sights of Dubai.  No pressure or In her own words we just have "to suck it up".