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Trip Report Liberty, Frugality, and the Family: Paris 2012 and London afterwards

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We got back last night. I have soup simmering in the pot, hand imported tea in my cup. A cold front just moved in, and icy rain is beating on the window. Time to jot some things down.

One aims to inform and amuse in these reports. I find that reading about other peoples' annoyances and inconveniences is always fun, so will avoid monotonous sunniness.

Our 22 year old daughter, MC, is spending the school year as an English language assistant in the Hautes-Alpes. The Christmas holidays have always been a big deal for us, and my husband (let's call him "Bob") and our 21 year old daughter H both had breaks from their schools. We had BA avios burning a hole in our pockets. Though never allowed to ask for time off during Christmas at my job, I gave it a try and got the same three weeks off that H did from her university. All right: we'll rendezvous with MC in Paris, Bob will return to work after ten days, and the girls and I will have some time together in London.

I've always liked BA, and our balance of avios added to the illusion that we could afford this trip. Our flights over, AA from STL to ORD and then BA from ORD to LHR, went well. However, when H and I returned yesterday, we sat on the LHR tarmac for almost four hours while they tried to fix a brake problem, sent off for an entire assembly and installed it. I believe in working brakes, but: doesn't it make sense to fix your plane before filling it to the bursting point with whiny humans?

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