Traveling back to Buffalo from Paris
11.06.2014 - 11.06.2014 72 °F
Clear skies, but would there be clearing sailing to the airport? We woke up outrageously early - 5:00am, took our showers, dressed and checked out by 6:30am. We waited down in the lobby for our driver, who didn't arrive until 8:00am. He had made a run to the airport already this morning and said it would be busy but we would get through. The problem would be more for him to get back to Paris.
Our new best buddy - Moustafa told us not to worry. The car service would get us there and he was right. Taking the train would have been a very nerve-wracking experience, so cheers to Moustafa.
Traffic was heavy, but we didn't run into any "grieve" or strike problems until we were near the airport. We saw a line of taxis blocking the lanes with the police there to move them along. The strike is over the competition coming from private car companies who can be summoned using internet apps. Instead of embracing technology, the drivers would rather fight changes and competition.
When we saw the extent of the traffic heading back to the city we felt bad for our driver. I think he may have thought we were crazy as we were cheering him on and thanking him for getting us to the airport. It was a tip-worthy ride that made the difference in us getting home. We were very early for our flight, but sitting around there was much better than being stuck in traffic or not getting there for our flight.
The flight left on time and was a smooth ride home. It was eight hours from Paris to Detroit but it went pretty fast. We decided to try flying through Detroit on the way home after our last joyful foray at JFK. This time it was a very different experience. After exiting the plane, it only took us a total of thirty minutes to get through passport control, get our bags, clear customs, re-check our bags and then clear security. I kept waiting for lines or a delay but there were none. Kudos to Detroit for a great re-entry experience.
Our flight from Detroit to Buffalo was on-time and was a good flight. We arrived back in Buffalo around 9:00pm and the cab dropped us off at home about 10:30pm. It was a long day, but we were home.
Overall, this was an awesome vacation. A month gave us plenty of time to see and do what we wanted without feeling rushed. There were many highlights along the way, especially getting to share part of the experience with good friends. It was a great way to start my new life as a retiree.