California, Here We Come! (2021): Diary Epilogue

At this point, the sightseeing was over and all that remained was to get home. One of the reasons for choosing Paris as the end point of our intercontinental tickets – apart from the fact that it is one of the greatest destinations in the world! – was that each of us could then complete his respective journey home via a simple, straightforward hop on easyJet. (Some might observe that “simple and straightforward” is not a description that readily applies to the rest of this trip!)

For me, this meant a direct flight to Edinburgh, leaving from a surprisingly modern and well appointed part of Charles de Gaulle airport.

Looking back on the trip as a whole, a few standout memories spring to mind:

  • my excitement at spending a couple of hours in central Amsterdam, after arriving in my first foreign country of 2021!
  • an excellent performance by Finnair, including short-haul, the Helsinki transit experience and long-haul;
  • continuing excellent standards at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK airport;
  • San Diego, possibly one of the USA’s most underrated cities;
  • San Francisco, a firm favourite despite continuing evidence of a serious homelessness problem;
  • and of course, Paris – even in December!

And that was it – time to wait until our next trip: 4 days!!

San Francisco continues to be one of my favourite places