A nice drive to Etampes and we were at the airport. Lots of friendly rabbits hanging out and also a hangar full of planes.
|Lots of planes|
|Not ours thank heavens|
|Also not ours but rather nice|
|I think I am bigger than the plane!|
I have been speaking happily and confidently about our upcoming adventure. Now I realize how small our plane is.
Okay no worries, we'll just put a little leash on it to take it to the runway, top up the gas, do a thorough check, turn the propeller until the engine catches, and get ready to go.
|Last chance to change my mind|
During the pre-flight briefing Arnaud gives the following instructions:
- Please don't vomit all over the plane
- Please do not touch the joy stick or put your feet on the pedals
- Please do not talk to me when I am talking to the control tower
- Please do not pull the cord that releases the parachute. There is only one parachute. It is for the plane not you.
Okay. Got it. It must take a lot of trust to believe the average passenger won't do something stupid, like pull the parachute release.
|Do I want to drive? No thanks you are doing just fine..|
|No auto pilot here. The real pilot has work to do.|
|Lots and lots of farms|
|A surprising number of chateaux|
Looking at all the farms surrounding the chateaux makes me believe I have stepped back in time. People really still live this way? In a real chateau? And they are not even royalty. I hear that a chateau can support a whole village of people.
What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! I am very lucky tobe living this amazing life.