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Tennessee Trio of Terror - Part 2: Paris

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Alright, here we go: a brief recap of our cast: Saundra, Amy (aka Trip Nazi) and Sharon on one side and Heather and her mom, Raynell on the dark, I mean, other side ("come to the dark side Luke").

We've ended our trip to Rome and are now ready for Paris. Oh wait, Heather and her mom have already "done Paris" so they don't want to go with us right away. They want to get on a train in Italy with no reservations and no real destination and maybe hit Venice, Pompeii, Zurich, and oh yes, DACHAU!!!!! They describe themselves as free spirits who just want to wander around Europe. I describe them as insane and we part company.

By now, Saundra and I are fully into the Stockholm Syndrome with Amy and will do whatever she says and gladly. I'm starting to think of myself as Patty Hearst or is that Tania? We get up at 2:45 AM to get to the airport to fly on the 6:30AM RyanAir Flight to Paris. The hotel arranged for a taxi. They (the airline) told us we needed to be there by 4:30 am. Unfortunately, no one told that to the airport staff who wandered in between 5:15 and 5:30 am.

Just a note about RyanAir. I had read on their website and on the Fodor boards to be very careful about luggage allowance. So I merrily discarded underwear and old clothes in Rome in an effort to lighten my load. The girl at the desk barely glanced at how much each suitcase weighed because she was too busy complaining about the high cost of living in Rome, the traffic, the pollution etc. Oh please, throw me in that briar patch! We also breezed through security. That is, Saundra and I did, Amy kept getting frisked throughout the trip. Must be that metal plate in her head. I keep telling her to carry a note from her doctor.

RyanAir is quite the cattle car. The seats don't go back and the back of the seat in front of you is so close to your nose that you don’t move. You also have to pay for anything extra even a cup of water. Amy said we couldn't buy anything (6 days into the trip and we had turned over all decisions to her – I'll probably need to go to a cult expert to get out from under her spell) so we fasted till we got to Paris. The good news is that we left and arrived on time, our luggage arrived with us, the bus from Beauvais to Port Maillot was right there (13 euro), the whole flight only cost us about 80 dollars and we were in Paris in time for lunch!

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