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Timing is Everything January 21, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in France, life, travel.


After spending a month in the States visiting family, working at Fermilab, attending conferences (well, my wife, at least), we will arrive back in France on the 24th.

What better way to re-integrate ourselves into France than to be at the wrong end of a strike! Yes, our timing is impeccable. The SNCF is on strike again in the continuing battle between Sarkosy, the French president, and workers over benefits, working hours, etc.

The last time I was returning from the Unexpected conference I also got caught. That wasn’t too bad — I did make it back in the end, just late. But I was on my own. This time it will be the two of us, a boat load of luggage and Julia. Wish us luck!



1. MIke M - January 23, 2008

Hmm… I’m supposed to catch a TGV from Lyon to GVA that morning for a noon flight. Should I be making backup plans?

2. gordonwatts - January 23, 2008

talk to your local friends — they will have better track fo this than I – that is how I get all the info. Usually SNCF has a list of what trains are running the day before or so. -G

3. gordonwatts - January 23, 2008

Oh — and international trains often run when French ones don’t. So there is reason to hope for you, Mike!

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