When the news came out about the thwarted terror attacks on U.S.-bound flights from London Brian and I re-evaluated our fall trip plans. We meant to fly to London, hop a RyanAir flight to Dublin where we’d spend a few days before flying AerLingus to Prague then flying to Paris for a 24 hour layover before flying home(not in the original plan but when Delta changed our flight times from Prague home via Paris we were left with 10 minutes in Charles de Galle and got to switch to the next day, giving us an overnight in Paris).
Fresh from being inundated with hysterical news reports of four hour security lines, suddenly five flights in 11 days sounded like a dreadful way to spend our time on this trip. 48 hours of frenzied discussion, our living room looking like a battle-planning ground littered with guidebooks, maps, notes and both laptops, we came to an itinerary we both could live with. We were constrained by flying into London and out of Paris, so couldn’t stray far. We decided on two days in London (it’s our third time, and frankly I’d have been OK with one, but with Brian agreeing to spend the remainder of the time all in France, I couldn’t really fight him on that one) then the Eurostar to Paris (my first time on the Chunnel!) where we’ll rent a car and drive to Normandy. Four days there and four in
Paris before we fly home – not a single intra-Europe flight being taken.
The “new reality” of travel also changed our luggage plans. Because of the low-cost carriers we were flying we had intended to pack lightly and return to our carry-on only ways of early travel days. Obviously this won’t happen now. And if we were entrusting all our belongings to the baggage handlers, our soft-sided luggage would certainly not do. We needed some good old-fashioned hard luggage.
Very pricey, that sturdy kind of (non-disposable) luggage.
Goodwill to the rescue. We found some nice strong, hard-side Samsonite suitcases that will protect our accoutrements well, and for $35 for two. The only slight drawback is that one of them has a combination lock, which was open at first, but we somehow managed to close and lock it after inspecting the suitcase. So we’ve got about a month now to try all possible combinations. I wonder how long it will take if we start at 0-0-0, 0-0-1, 0-0-2.
Guess I should go get busy on that now.