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Report 673: Tuscan Rambles

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Spring 2004

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Page 16 of 17: Day 15 – Saturday May 15: Depart Florence, Return to Toronto via Paris CDG

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Latte di Luna trattoria in Pienza

Our flight from Florence departed at 7:15am. We got a few hours sleep the night before, but were wide awake at 3:00am, so we decided to drive to the airport then and spend a couple of hours relaxing and reading in the departure area. It seemed like a good plan until we arrived at the airport, dropped off our car at the rental lot and made our way to the terminal with our luggage. The airport at Florence is quite small. It doesn’t open until 6:00am. Along with one other early bird from the U.S. we cooled our heels (literally) for a couple of hours, watching the service people arrive and slowly bring the airport to life for the day.

At the Florence airport, we had to check one of our carry-on bags, since the in-cabin storage area was quite small. Our flight to Paris was a bit late in arriving at CDG and we had a short time frame to catch our flight home to Canada. We actually had to run part of the way to make sure we caught our plane. Unfortunately, our luggage didn’t catch up with us. When we arrived back in Toronto, we saw our name on a board at the bottom of an escalator. We went to the indicated location where were learned that our luggage was spending an extra day in Paris.

While Air France would have arranged to have our bags delivered to our home about 45 minutes from Ottawa, we drove to the Ottawa Airport the following day (Sunday) and retrieved our luggage as it arrived on two separate Air Canada flights from Toronto.

All’s well that end’s well

The photo on this page is the exterior of Latte di Luna in Pienza, our favourite trattoria in Tuscany.

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