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The long ride home

[Sunday] We spend the afternoon and early evening re-packing, say our “good-byes” and head to the airport at 9:30 p.m. to begin the trek home. Joe Powell is delighted to discover his long-lost suitcase at the airport as he prepares to be ticketed for the Air France flight. It takes several hours to wait in line and go through customs. We fly out at 12:50 a.m. Monday, surrender a couple of time zones, and arrive in Paris at 10:40 a.m. It’s definitely preferable to get the longest leg of this journey over first. What we find at Charles de Gaulle Airport, however, takes the spring out of our step.