Sunday, September 8, 2019

London & Paris 2019 - Day 7 (9/7/2019) - Return to NYC

There's really not much to say about today, so it probably shouldn't be a separate entry; but whatevs.  Our return flight to JFK didn't depart until 4:50pm, and our airport transfer was set for 1pm, so we had the chance to sleep in.  Breakfast at the hotel ended at 11am since it was a Saturday, so we took our time getting there a little after 10am.  After breakfast we relaxed in the room until the noon checkout time and then waited in the lobby for our ride.  The driver arrived about 30 minutes early (12:30pm) to take us to Charles de Gaulle airport.  He drove aggressively through the traffic (so much so that I was almost a little scared once or twice) and got us to the airport in somewhere around 40 minutes.

We had a bit of an annoying experience at the airport, as I didn't get a tax refund for the purse that I had bought my mom.  We tried to ask where to validate an turn in the tax form but a woman at the entrance to the immigration line incorrectly directed us to go through.  It wasn't until we we through customs and security that I looked up online what I should have done, and realized that it should have been done before going through; this was confirmed by a security person that we asked, though the previous 3 people that we asked before her were clueless.

In any case, we made it to our gate very early and had plenty of time to wait before boarding.  The flight was my first on an A380, and was (thankfully) unremarkable; perhaps aside from the fact that this was the first time in years that I was on a plane that still used the dual pronged headphones.  The fight arrived on time a little after 7pm, and the trip came to an end with an Uber trip back to my apartment.

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Pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hk6N4X5QW6gkSLxP9

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