As we set off from my daughter's home yesterday for Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, the snow was falling very heavily indeed. We set off much earlier than we needed to, as I was worried about my daughter having to drive back from the airport on her own in, by now, really atrocious weather.
Well, thank goodness we did start early, because on the approach to the Departure Terminal, the traffic was at a complete standstill and we were stuck there for forty five minutes, with the final check-in time rapidly approaching. Fortunately, we started to inch forward just in time.
It was a brand new Terminal - one which we hadn't been to before - so it took us time to locate our check-in desk. Anyway, we arrived with about two minutes to spare. Phew!
Ignoring the wonderful array of Duty Free Shops, we headed for the departure gate, and couldn't believe it when, at 2 p.m. we started boarding. (The departure time was 2.30 p.m.). So far, so good. We were then directed to a bus, where we patiently sat for thirty minutes until the driver appeared.
Still, at least we were on our way, with the snow still falling heavily. Now we were on the plane, and I started to make myself comfortable, feeling really lucky that we were going to get off without too much delay.
BUT, an announcement then came over the tannoy from the pilot saying that we were going to have to wait for the engines to be de-iced and that they couldn't get any time information from Air Traffic Control.
To cut a long story short, we sat on the plane for THREE HOURS, whilst waiting our turn to go through the de-icing machine. (It was almost like driving through a car wash!). I have to admit that I did find it incredible that an international airport of that size, with planes taking off every couple of minutes, just had one de-icing machine to cope with the situation.
Perhaps England is not the only country struggling to cope in these sub-zero temperatures!
Oh! I forgot to mention that, on top of all that, I've left my iPhone over in France. Grrrrrr!
Hopefully I will have a better day tomorrow!