|Texas store with French clothing|
|Video gaming is big with the French also|
|as well as your local Nike shop|
We finished breakfast and traveled the four miles to the airport. The Nice Airport has two terminals, one domestic and one international. We "assumed" that we would leave from Terminal 1 just like always. I dropped MA off there and I drove to Terminal 2 to return the rental car. I hopped on the shuttle bus and found MA right back where I had left her. We gathered our suitcases and went inside to check in and relax before our 1:00 pm flight. One problem, Air France was not in Terminal 1. Domestic flights such as Paris and Euro zone counties apparently leave from Terminal 2. So we moved our bags back to the shuttle bus and got over to Terminal 2.
One look at what was waiting for us quickly reminded me of an old Air Force management saying about the five P's of performance. They are "prior planning prevents poor performance." The check-in procedure we went through surely needed some prior planning!
This is because it was here that the "try-one's-patience" part of the journey began. We looked at where we were to check in and found a line of nearly 200 folks ahead of us. Air France (or the airport staff) only had 3-5 agents on duty, for all of us and this depended on who was going on break or lunch. We waited in line for about 2 hours. I was very glad we had arrived there so early. When it was finally our turn, the agent was still smiling. Amazing! We cleared security fairly easily, went to the gate, had a snack, and they called our flight for boarding.
|I took this photo of the 3 stations handling all those people as we left to go through security.|
Realizing we were pretty tired, we stayed "in", having a nice meal at the hotel restaurant. Oh! My suitcase did arrive at 9:45 pm and all is well. It's now Sunday morning and we're are getting ready to take the train into Paris. Final blog for this trip to be written on board United Airline tomorrow! Thanks for tuning in.