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Report 582: An Independent Driving Tour of Europe - 2001
By JaniceB from Ontario, Canada, Spring 2001
Page 2 of 15: En route to Paris, France
May 11, 2001 15:23
Well, we're finally on our way. John (my brother) left us at the airport and, after checking in, we had supper at the Swiss Chalet (our last normal food). Our flight was horrible -- teeny-tiny seats with very yucky food. However, we made it to Paris without any serious problems. We also picked up our car very easily. We've leased a Renault Kangoo. It's silver.
Dad writes, "It only had eight km on the odometer. It's an ugly little car that I'm sure only its designers could love. But, you know what, we really like it. It's quick and responsive. The standard transmission is ultra smooth and runs really quietly on five forward gears. Its diesel motor is very efficient and costs less to run. In France the diesel oil was about 5.36 F ($1.14) per liter, while regular gas was about 7.50 F ($1.60)."
We immediately drove through Paris and the French countryside to Normandy where we were going to spend two nights at the Hotel d'Argouges in Bayeux.
Mom writes, "We saw lots of sheep. All the houses look the same -- old. There's very little graffiti, no litter, fabulous roads, no potholes."
We're exhausted. But tomorrow we head to the very old and remarkable Mont-Saint-Michel.
The last time I flew to Israel, the El Al airline magazine at every seat contained the following prayer:
"The Lord bless thee, keep thee, the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee, the Lord turn His face unto thee, and give thee peace. May it be Thy will, Lord of Heaven and Earth, to lead us to peace and safety, to fly us in peace and safety to our desired destination to find life, joy and peace. Guard and watch us who fly the air routes and cross the seaways and travel the overland passes. Make firm the hands that guide the steering and sustain their spirit, so that they may lead us in peace and safety. For in You alone is our shelter from now until eternity. Amen."
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