Well, after indeed blowing my nose all the way home, we had an uneventful trip to the USA. Direct flight from Paris to Cincinnati is the way to go! Of course, we then have a hour and a half drive, but that is do-able. We are tired, happy to be home, and yet missing Paris.
Realizing that we were only a few blocks from the terrorist attacks that happened a couple of days ago, and that Republique square is steps outside our door, we are doubly happy to be home. Our sympathy lies with Paris, and our hope is that somehow in 2015 we will find better ways to live together.
We had a great trip. We learned a lot, and the fabled French rudeness/arrogance was not on display for us. We tried to be courteous, giving up our metro or bus seats to the elderly and infirm. We tried to speak French, very badly. And we hope one day to return to France and to the City of Light. We hope that her light is never ever extinguished.