Trains, Planes and Automobiles

The first blog post of 2018!

What a day 1st January was. Trains, planes and automobiles.

The automobiles – first, a wild taxi ride from the centre of Casablanca to the airport about 7.30am. The driver enjoyed the wide open spaces available to him so early on a public holiday. In fact, for a while he was watching the morning news on his mobile (hands free, but anyway).

Mohammed V International Airport

Second, a reunion with my son at Edinburgh Airport. Public transport is close to non existent in Scotland on 1st January, so he had to drive 26 miles (42 km) to collect me. Great to see him obviously, and at 11pm after a long day his car was much quicker and more relaxing than the shuttle bus.

The trains – I had an 8 hour wait between planes in Paris, and was invited to a friend’s house for escargots, cheese, bread and wine. Lovely to see her and a nice wee start to the year.


Anyway, this involved a 60 minute each way journey on the RER from Charles de Gaulle to the opposite side of the city at Bourg-la-Reine.

Bourg-la-Reine RER

You know those wee driverless shuttle things they have at CdG to take you between different bits of Terminal 2E? Well, I was on one of those too.

The planes – Air France from Casablanca to Paris and then on to Edinburgh. Both flights went very well and – mercifully – the flight to Edinburgh was right on time.

That’s the excitement over for a while. What next?

ⓒ iain taylor, 2018

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