Thursday, September 22nd – Friday, September 23rd

Breakfast at the hotel was great!  After helping ourselves to the standard European buffet fare, a cook came out from the kitchen and asked if we’d like ham and eggs!  After weeks of coldcuts, cheese and yogurt, we eagerly nodded “yes.”  She returned in a few minutes with steaming plates of sauteed ham and over-easy eggs…….ahhhhh, the joys of comfort food!.

After breakfast, we returned to our room to pack.  We had been careful not to buy too much on the trip…..and we had been packing and transporting everything easily for the past three weeks… why wouldn’t the suitcases close today?  Do clothes somehow expand just to mock you?  After stuffing our carry-on’s to the brim, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the airport.

The ride to the airport should have taken 20 minutes…..should have…..if we hadn’t taken a wrong turn and headed into downtown Zagreb.  Craig got new directions from two gas station attendants and we were soon zooming along on the right road.

Even with the time cost by the wrong turn, we arrived at the airport with time to spare.  We checked in, got our boarding passes and waited for our boarding call.

Our flights (Zagreb to Paris then Paris to Toulouse) went as smoothly as could be hoped for.  We landed in Toulouse right on time at 5:15 pm…..plenty of time to get our leased car and drive to Castelnaudary to pick up Felix.

Plenty of time…..unless the mother of all traffic jams has every highway slowed to a crawl.  The normally 45 minute drive was doubled.  We finally pulled into Chateau Miaou a little after 7:00 p.m.  Felix was on his throne, staring at us with disregard.  We packed him….and all of this belongings….up and settled into the car for the hour plus ride to the cottage.

Felix was quiet (dare I say, glowering) until we neared the cottage.  His soft soft purring  became more assertive the closer we got.  When we finally arrived, we could have measured him in decibels.

As we walked up the stairs, we noticed that two chairs were missing from the patio.  Cripes!  Why would anyone take two old chairs?

We finished unloading the car (unpacking could wait ’til tomorrow), turned on the telly and took turns having Felix, happy to be home, jump from lap to lap.

Friday was BUSY!  Friends from California are arriving tomorrow so we had to unpack, do loads of laundry, clean the the cottage and grocery shop.  On top of that, we received our letter from the OFII advising us that our visa appointment is on Wednesday….to go or not to go, that is the question.

“It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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