Sadly returning to Australia

Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 02:30 AM
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I canít imagine how stressful this all is for you, cheska. Sounds like the flights are finally sorted so I am hoping it stays that way, you have a smooth trip home and can be reunited with your family soon.

Thanks again for sharing your story. Nothing can erase the pre-CV part of your trip so I hope those memories dominate after this is all over.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 03:47 AM
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cheska, I'm so sorry for everything you are going through. You've been under a horrible amount of stress just to get back home. Are your tickets for this coming Friday? You will be so ready to go.

In the meantime there are kind people in shops and on the street, there is Prosecco, there is good food at the traiteur and the boulangerie. Small pleasures we can take in the midst of a terrible situation.

I hope for the best for you and everyone you love. I'll be thinking of you two. Take care.

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Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 03:36 PM
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Cheska

I'm so sorry you had to cut your trip short. I've really loved and looked forward to your posts.

Guess there'll be no hair cut in Blois.

Best wishes
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 05:54 AM
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What a stressful time this last week or so has been to you cheska. I hope all your flights are now confirmed and you are able to get back home without any further glitches.

I know you must both be sorely disappointed having to cut short your sťjour en France, but donít forget the time youíve already had and the precious memories youíll be taking with you. There will be more trips in the future, thatís what keeps all of us going...

Bon voyage et bon courage!
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 10:09 AM
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For future potential users, can you give us a link to your travel insurance? I certainly wouldn't want to use them in the future.
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 11:05 AM
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I think that every single insurance company will be changing its rules soon, so there is not much point in recommending or giving a warning about any specific insurance company until the pandemic has died down.
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 09:08 PM
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I too am sorry to hear that you have to return home, Cheska. It's very disappointing for you. And like others, I am utterly dismayed to see our retirement savings going down the toilet.

I would like to comment on the insurance aspect. The economic reality is that if insurers were to pay out in the event of a pandemic, they would either go broke (and therefore would not be able offer insurance cover in the future) or they would have to charge enormous premiums in case there were to be a pandemic in the future. That's why they exclude cover for this. This is sometimes modified by consideration of when cover was taken out and what government advice is in place at the time of loss. Of course, that doesn't help you and I do feel for you. In your shoes I'd be disappointed and angry too but maybe it helps to understand the economics of this from the insurer's perspective. Of course, some insurers are more ethical than others but, by and large, this particular aspect will be common across most travel insurers in Australia.

We are trying really hard to comply with social distancing guidelines, which I'm sure will feel really awful in a few months time but better that than the alternative of an uncontained spread of the virus. Coming back in these circumstances may seem even harder than it would otherwise be. I wish you the very best and thanks for sharing the story of your sojourn to France. With luck, you'll get to complete it when this is all over.

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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 01:37 AM
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<< The economic reality is that if insurers were to pay out in the event of a pandemic, they would either go broke (and therefore would not be able offer insurance cover in the future) or they would have to charge enormous premiums in case there were to be a pandemic in the future.>>

Of course that is true, but it implies that if taking out insurance is a gamble, the only possible loser is the insured person. Just as national governments must have a huge treasury to cover all possible emergencies, I really do not see why insurance companies do not have this obligation as well or else they are all frauds. When Lloyds of London went bankrupt in the 1990's, it was only fair because they had promised more than they could deliver and had based a lot of their reputation on insuring uninsurable cases. Too bad for them.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 06:43 AM
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So many hugs, cheska15. Hope to read good news soon.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 07:16 AM
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We are sitting at CDG with hardy any one else waiting for the flight to London. We arrived very early at the airport as once we checked out of the hotel, you are not allowed to sit in the lobby area. We can’t do anything and at least here we can sit. Still can’t believe that we are going home.

We were supposed to leave Paris yesterday and have a night in a London hotel, then catch the flight to Sydney. The flight was cancelled, and the only flight available was tonight’s flight. We arrive in London with 1 hr 5 mins to the flight to Sydney. Far far out of my comfort zone. Our baggage will be checked through and we arrive at the same terminal, and the BA person assured me it will be ok. As soon as I get on the Sydney flight I’m having a wine.

We were emotional leaving Blois, as once again we had a fabulous landlord. The have another rental property at the front of our apartment. They let us use the washing machine in the house, and have told us if our flight is cancelled to come back to Blois and we can have the house for the same price as the apartment. I know this helps them as well, but they didn’t have to make the offer. They would send us an email everyday asking if we needed anything, and were we ok. We have wonderful memories of the treatment we have received, and the French people we always have a place in my heart.

I agree with kerouac that all insurance companies are the same, also I know that they can’t afford all the claims. We were annoyed that while we were covered on Level 2, as soon as it went to Level 4 we didn’t know that coverage ceased.

Well I hope by the time that most of you read this we will be on the plane, and I would have had a glass of wine.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 08:08 AM
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I live in N. California & when the catastrophic fire of 2018 descended on the town of Paradise one insurer had sold more policies than it could possibly pay in the case of such devastation. The state covered what the company could not & that is, I believe, only right. If companies are licensed to do business, should not the entity that licenses them take that responsibility? It's 1 thing to have provisions in effect that buyers risk if they take the trouble to read the fine print, quite another for the companies to not pay even though it may bankrupt them. I very much hope that when the worst is past someone publishes an accounting of which travel insurance companies did the right thing & which didn't.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 09:43 AM
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>>"We arrive in London with 1 hr 5 mins to the flight to Sydney. Far far out of my comfort zone. Our baggage will be checked through and we arrive at the same terminal, and the BA person assured me it will be ok. As soon as I get on the Sydney flight Iím having a wine"<<

Is that Terminal 5 in LHR? If you arrive on time, it could totally be doable. If you can find out what gate your Sydney flight departs from before you disembark the Paris flight, you'll know if you need T5A, B, or C which would help shorten your transfer time. Your flight attendant may be able to help you out on this, too.

Godspeed!
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 10:03 AM
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The whole situation must seem surreal, cheska. I'm so sorry you had to curtail your trip, but I sense you will be back. If nothing else, you have seen the best of the French people, whom I have always believed are among the most kind-hearted and generous in the world.

Wishing you the best of luck, easy travels homeward, and a great big bienvenue when you come back here, as I'm sure you will.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 08:17 PM
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"Well I hope by the time that most of you read this we will be on the plane, and I would have had a glass of wine."

Only a glass?

Best of luck with your homeward journey.

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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 09:37 AM
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dreamon, "only one glass" was my question also.
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 07:37 PM
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I do hope you've had more than one glass, nodded off to sleep and are soon landing in Sydney.

Wave as you fly over my place!
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 11:37 PM
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Well the flight home was shocking. BA were only handing out snacks and they were appalling. Only half a chicken wrap, a sandwich two fingers wide, pizza size of a slice of bread. More importantly no alcohol. BA said we should have received an email, however no one on the plane did, and you couldn’t buy anything at airports anyway.

Our daughter has done a great job stacking the fridge with meals and wine, and we may move in permanently.

Thank you for all the good wishes and looks like we made it home just in time.

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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 12:57 AM
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Good news Cheska. Now you can relax. It is good you made it home in time to get to Canberra before being quarantined in a hotel in Sydney. Best wishes for the next two weeks and hopefully you have avoided catching it. You will have some ' interesting ' memories.
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 01:27 AM
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Welcome home, Cheska.
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 02:38 AM
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Now I'm wondering if the first class passengers on the flight were treated the same way. Of course, there might not have been any first class passengers.
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