Miami International to Charles de Gaulle

Trip Start Apr 30, 2004
Trip End May 09, 2004

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Friday, April 30, 2004

Rocio is driven straight to the airport by her cousin. Her flight leaves at 11:50 am. Ours leaves at 7:40 pm. She calls us from MIA and we go over the last instructions. She has never traveled to Europe by herself, and we admire her pluck. Her flight arrives in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 10:00 am on Saturday. Our flight arrives at 2:00 pm. She will arrive 4 hours ahead of us. She is instructed to look for the Swiss International arrival gate and will just sit tight there awaiting our arrival.

At 4:30 pm we drive over to Cecilia's Miami Springs house where we will leave our car and all go to the airport together by taxi. We request the taxi for 5:00 pm. International airlines require check-in three hours prior to departure, but we have found this excessive, so usually plan to check in around two hours prior. By 5.00 pm there is no taxi. We phone the dispatcher, who confirms the taxi is on its way. By 5:15 pm we are getting nervous. We call again and are told that the taxi is stuck in a traffic jam, probably caused by an accident between us and the airport. The dispatcher recommends we call another company. That's a lot of help! We call another firm, but are told that it is almost impossible to get to Miami Springs in time due to a bad accident. By 5:30 pm we are almost ready to throw in the towel, when who should turn up from the beach but our dear neighbour Caroline in her Ford Explorer. Being the good friend she is she offers to take us. We omit to mention the accident. We are lucky that even though we can confirm the traffic is backed up for blocks westbound, in the eastbound direction it is in much better shape, and although we take somewhat longer than usual, we arrive finally at the departure gate, Concourse "A" at 5:50 pm. We rush to an almost empty Swiss International counter, and are checked in with our e-tickets and on our way to security by 6:00 pm. Security is much slower than check-in, but we are through to the departure lounge by 6:20 pm. Time to relax a little and enjoy a breather (to our dismay, the only espresso coffee machine in "A" is broken!).

We board right on time (who would expect anything else from Swiss International). We have called in months in advance to request seating, so we have excellent window and aisle seats on our Airbus A330-200
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