First Observation

by wjw on October 26, 2009

French airports are built with a steely Cartesian logic that is sometimes inaccessible to the Anglo-Saxon mind.
Theophylact October 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm

That Cartesian logic doesn't mean they don't fall down.

john_appel October 27, 2009 at 12:06 am

May this visit be as inspirational as your previous one! BTW, if you'll be stopping in Bayeux, hearty recommendation to dine or luncheon at Le Pommier on rue des Cuisiners near the cathedral.

Lance Larka October 27, 2009 at 3:43 am

My favorite French Airport story was in the 90's at DeGaul at about 6am waiting for our flight back to the USA.

Terminal was very quiet. Just a few passengers waiting to board and some clerks at the duty free shops.

Heard a serious sounding voice in French over the loudspeaker for 2-3 sentences. Not being a native speaker I went back to reading my book.

A few minutes later the same voice in French…then in English: "If you left your bag in XYZ location retrieve it immediately."

Then I perked up and paid attention.

In 30 seconds there was a loud siren. Everyone else in the terminal except us (we didn't get the memo) covered their ears with their palms. And 'BAM.' Then everyone continued on as they were.

Luckily the bag just contained someone laundry and not something that went 'BOOM' when security detonated it.

Contrast this to last month in the USA where the idiot TSA moron found an abandoned bag at the metal detector (a perfect place in my mind to leave a IED) and simply called out to ask if anyone had left their bag.

Post 9-11 security my ass.

Anonymous October 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

This just in: Canadian writer Robert Charles Wilson, another Utopiales GOH, has came up with swine flu and cancelled his trip.
Wish him well.

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