2010-05-18 -- Inverness to Paris

A travel day. Nothing exciting (except for one minor thing). After staying up till 3am last night uploading photos, the wake up call came all too soon at 8am. Or was it 7am? Anyway, 10 minutes before we were supposed to leave for the airport, I ordered breakfast (eggs and bacon). Which wasn't much of a problem, as half of the people in the taxi did the same thing.

I missed the fueling of the planes (loading the planes instead), and found out Dad walked into the wing while reading the fuel bill. Double ouch.

I slept through most of the flight.

We ate light luch at Le Runway at Pontoise Airport (carpaccio de boeuf and patatas fritas), then after a 45 minute transfer, checked into Hotel Plaza Athenee (for the couples) or the Hotel Montaigne (for the singles). The former has pricey internet (around 20 Euro/day) while the latter has free non-working internet.

Dinner was at Chez Francis down the street. Good, but nothings spectacular.

The only interesting thing about today was that we had a slight loss of cabin pressure while climbing to 31,000 feet. It wasn't 'explosive' (ears didn't pop, and lungs didn't expand), and the cabin pressure didn't climb much above 15,000 feet. We descended to 7,000 feet, reset everything, got another route from ATC, and went back up to 25,000 feet with no further problems. Except my left ear never recovered from the drop to 7,000 feet. Even 12 hours after, I can still feel a little pressure in there.

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/25 sec, f/2.7, ISO 400
Tomato and Mozarella and a bit of basil. Duh, tomato isn't in season; I seem to keep forgetting that. Then again, why is it even on the menu!?

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/20 sec, f/2.7, ISO 640
Lamb. Came with green beans. Tasty (if you like chunks of lamb) but nothing super special.

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