Normally I don’t take much time to consider how I get from one place to another – I just look forward to getting there, and starting my vacation! But of course the how of traveling is something many travelers put a lot of effort into. For our trip to Strasbourg, France last July, for example, there were a few steps – from Charleston to Atlanta, then from Atlanta on to Paris, and lastly, a train ride to Strasbourg.
To be practical, while in Charleston Airport, I stopped off at their Caviar and Bananas kiosk (my favorite gourmet deli in Charleston), to get a sandwich (just in case the food on the flight was inedible) and some snacks. Then it was on to Atlanta.
People who have heard me talk about flying know how little luck I have in getting good dairy free food on an airplane. In recent years I have taken to not alerting the airline of my allergy and trying to order a dairy free meal, because I have been disappointed in the results so often. But I have recently had good luck with Delta – they sometimes have a simple salad with chicken or shrimp on it, and in this case, on Flight 82 to Paris, they had a nice shrimp salad. It does help to have a seat somewhere near the front of the economy section on the airplane, because these sorts of salads are popular and will run out long before the flight attendants get to the last rows of the airplane.
I had a good flight over all, I have to say. Therese and I both watched lots of movies – Delta’s video interface is pretty good. I also played lots of free cell solitaire on my phone, my favorite phone card game.
And as usual, I got no sleep on the airplane – a nuisance that I come to adjust to. But otherwise, it was a pretty smooth flight to Paris. When we got there, a deluge awaited us – first, a serious scrum of people at the Border Patrol at Charles de Gaulle Airport (which took more than an hour to get through), and then a literal deluge, a downpour of near historic proportions. But that, as they say, is another story.