La Loire at Amboise, March 2006.
Ken got to his train on time and made it to Paris, where he spent the night before today's flight to the states. It's much less stressful to get up there the night before than to have to scramble for an early morning train to the airport. Normally things work out fine, but you never know if there will be a problem that delays the train, and you don't want to take a chance on missing your flight. That nearly happened to me in 2005. I was taking the train from Tours to Lille and then through the Channel Tunnel to London for a flight out of Heathrow, and there was catenary problem down near Bordeaux that delayed all the trains on that route that day. I was re-routed through Paris (my original plan avoided Paris) and had to schlep my luggage across town on the subway before getting on the Eurostar train at the Gare du Nord. Fortunately, I was spending the night in London before flying the next day, so I didn't have the added stress of worrying about missing my plane. Lesson learned.