It has been a week since we flew from Melbourne to Singapore (7 hours), spent 2 hours at Changi airport, then the long haul – 13 hours to Paris. Pity that Air France plane had hard seats!
Our luggage took an awfully long time to come out – they must’ve had fun looking through it (everything from a CD player for the car to a revolving knife block). Glad to pass through customs unchallenged.
Took the train to Paris, then a Metro train to Gare d’Austerlitz where we stored our luggage and enjoyed the area (cafés, a bookshop, the botantic gardens and the Seine)
before taking the intercity train to Châteauroux where we changed trains before finally arriving in our lovely little town: Argenton-sur-Creuse. What would normally be a 10 minute walk took almost half an hour with all our luggage, but finally we were home! The key we had cut in Australia was on the wrong blank, but fortunately we had an original with us.
It’s been a very quick week, wading through some mail, running errands, stocking up on food and settling in – unpacking some of the 53 parcels we sent by sea freight.
I was very relieved that we were not fined for late payment of our 2010 property taxes: Taxe d’Habitation and Taxe Foncière at the Centre des Impôts, still a little painful however at over €900. We did have to pay for the whole year’s car insurance though (plus a fee) because we didn’t give them official written notice so the contract was still in force and had just gone to debt collection. Doh. We were grateful for their help in directing us to a Contrôle Technique centre where once every 2 years cars have to undergo a roadworthy (so that’s what CT stands for on the sticker on the windscreen!) and now we have to get the brakes done and fix the indicator lens which I smashed in a little carpark accident last year. (It may still work out cheaper than Australia’s annual registration fee.)
Well time’s a-ticking, the church bells have long since rung and I had better something done for the day.