A funny thing happened on the way to the airport.  We were planning on checking in online, and found out that about 1 month ago, Delta decided to scale back direct flights from SLC-CDG, and back.  Problem was, they never notified us.  So, Tuesday morning, I checked online to see how things were going for our Wed flight (Our plan was to check out of our apt on Tuesday and stay at a CDG airport for our Wed 10:45am departure).  We had been rebooked on at 1:45pm flight on Wednesday which connected in Seattle, arriving in SLC at 7:30pm.  Drag.

So, we packed up and took the RER to the airport.  We would then take a free hotel shuttle from CDG to the hotel.  But, since we were at the airport anyway, we decided to see a Delta agent and ask WTF?  Turns out, there was a Tuesday direct flight to SLC that we had just missed.  Is there a Seattle connecting flight this afternoon (Tuesday)?  Why yes, there is.  Well, we are here at the airport.  Let’s cancel the hotel and fly home.  We even ended up in Business Class for the Seattle to SLC leg of the flight.  In the end, we rolled into home at 10:05pm, and had been up for 22 hours.  Long day.

Interested in the numbers?  Here we go:

Almanac second half – Rained both days in Reit Im Winkl, Germany and threatened or did rain every day in Edingen (Heidelberg).  Gloomy in Kassel, and rained one day in Weimar, but gloomy the other 3 days.  Berlin rained 2 days, gloomy the other two.  Champagne was sunny all 4 days, and one rainy day out of 7 in Paris.

We stayed in 28 towns between Aug 2-Nov. 9.  The average was 3 nights.  We stayed at 16 airbnb’s, 1 bed and breakfast, 3 times with friends or relatives, at 2 airport hotels, and 8 hotels overall.  We traveled with Brett and Teri for about 10 days, stayed 2 nights with the Davis’s, 2 nights with Iris in Kassel, and 4 nights with our relatives in Scotland.  We averaged $108 per night, US dollars, for accommodations.

We spent a total of about 3 weeks in Austria, 2 weeks in Italy, 3 weeks in Germany, 4 weeks in France,  1 week in Ireland, just over a week in the rest of the UK, 4 nights in the Netherlands and 2 nights in Belgium.  We had the car for 60 days and logged 6700 Kilometers.  We also had a car for 5 days in Ireland.  I estimate that we purchased @4 cases of wine in all of the various wine regions.  We drank all of it…..except the 4 we brought home.

This has been a fabulous trip.  We performed and attended concerts.  We hit museums and points of interest.  We tasted wine from so many notable wine regions.  After 3 months, it was time to come home.  For the next few months, we will be playing concerts, celebrating the holidays with family and friends and awaiting our next big sabbatical trip (mid March to mid May:  California and Canada.

I may or may not blog the spring trip.  I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging this trip, to be sure.  I hope that you have enjoyed following along.  We were safe and happy the entire time.  Europe and the UK are wonderful places to visit.  I highly recommend it!


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

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