It was a long travel day yesterday as we flew from Barcelona, Spain to Montreal, Canada and then Montreal to Ottawa.
Here's the whole story...
Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:50pm from Barcelona. We didn't leave the apartment until 10:00am, which is cutting things a little close for an international overseas flight. But we've flown a lot and have things pretty well timed so that we don't have to hang around the airport for hours on end. Not that we mind hanging around... time seems to go by quickly in the airport.
Anyhow, we walked to the main Barcelona Sants Train station to get the train to the airport. But we missed it by minutes and had to wait another half hour. Then, the train only arrives at Terminal 1 and you have to take a free shuttle bus to terminal 2. And of course the shuttle bus pulled out just as we were steps away from it. Fortunately, another one came along shortly. But it was 11:50 when we got to the checkin counter, and although we didn't have any bags to check, and we had already checked in online and had our seat assignments, the checkin agent chastised us, in a friendly sort of way.
He said that he had seen many people miss their flights because of being only a few minutes late and that we were cutting it pretty close. But, as Ruth said, 'you are only late if you miss your flight'. We didn't miss our flight, so I guess we weren't really late...we were actually right o time! We got through security, got our exit stamp in our passports, and made it to the boarding gate just as they called our section. Sounds like perfect timing to me!
Then, it was 8 hours on the Air Canada Rouge flight to Montreal. The plane departed right on time, and arrived ten minutes early.
We think that is Newfoundland below.
Newfoundland southern coastline.
Quebec's Magdalen Islands.
I bicycled these islands when I was 14 years old!
Air Canada Rouge doesn't have a good reputation, but we've had no problem at all, and for the right price, we wouldn't hesitate to fly with them again. We paid $254 CAD ($195 USD) each for the one way flight. I honestly can't figure people who flew with Rouge and then complained about the tight seating or the lack of seatback entertainment. What do you expect from the discount version of Air Canada??
We arrived in Montreal to a fairly big lineup at customs, but they had a lot of officers on duty and it went by quickly. And for us, they didn't ask us a single question! They looked at the passport, scanned it, stamped it, and we were in! Almost as easy as getting in to Mexico!
Selfie in Montreal airport!
Then we had an hour wait for our puddle jumper half hour flight to Ottawa. It was a little late leaving, but no big deal.
Son in law Justin was there to pick us up at Ottawa airport, along with grandkids Cameron and Sadie. Our daughter Lindsey was working until 7:30pm.
Raining, and about 18C (65F) on arrival. That's not a bad temperature, but it's not going to last. Calling for a high of 8C (47F) on Monday. But, that's expected. After all, it is April in Canada!
Our motorhome Sherman has been parked here at Lindsey and Justin's house since last October. When we were here visiting in December, we noticed some signs of rodent activity and set a couple of traps before we left. Sure enough, we caught one of them, and although there were signs of more activity there was nothing serious. So we decided to sleep in the motorhome!
We wish we were continuing on in the motorhome, but that will have to wait until fall. Sherman will continue to remain parked here until October of this year. Another day we'll tell you about our plans for next winter season! It will include a lot of RV'ing!
And so we'll spend the next week and a half visiting with family and friends. We've already got our flight tickets booked to fly from Ottawa to Regina on the 27th.
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