Layover in Paris

Trip Start Mar 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 05, 2013

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Flag of France  , Ile-de-France,
Friday, March 15, 2013

I'm writing from the Air France lounge in terminal M, which for some reason they insist on considering part of Terminal E even though it’s a building distantly separated from Terminal E. I’m sure there is some logic behind this nomenclature, but I can’t spot it at the moment.

In any event, I’ve started another pastoral trip through Africa, with a few days in France at the end, so I can take care of some legal paperwork. I’ll be flying west to east: Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Mauritius – a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar – and then finally France. The trip should last 3 weeks.

It has been six months since I visited most of these countries, so it will be good to get together with church members in each place. I’ll do my best to keep the travel blog current to share news of what happens on this trip.

Europe has been having unusual winter weather these past days, Frankfurt Airport shut down operations two or three days ago because of heavy snowfall, and trains and planes were snarled in Belgium as well. It’s just below freezing here in Paris, and I can see snow covering the ground around the airport and large mounds of snow on the sides of taxiways where the plows piled it up. I can be certain there won’t be any snow waiting for me when I deplane in Abidjan!
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Tess Washington on

Good morning Mr. Meeker! What a surprise to see and read another travel blog from you! I know it will be a wonderful trip as you travel back to East Africa...the brethrens would be so happy to see you! I am happy! Take care and will be along the way with you!

Doug Morgan on

Have a safe trip, our prayers are with you.

Lenna Slaughter on

Hello Mr. Meeker ~ I'm praying for your safe travels, that God will bless your efforts and bring you safely back to your family.

Marguerite Evans on

Thanks for describing the first part of your trip! I had not realized that Europe's weather was so out of sort. We'll be praying for your protection in every way. There is no doubt in my mind that the brethren will feel uplifted by your visit. Take care and bon voyage!

Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,
We're looking forward to reading your blogs and picturing what you describe. It's always a pleasure to follow your travels. You must have packed for both cold and hot weather! We trust the brethren will be very happy to see you again. You will be in our prayers.

Margaret Villaescusa on

Hello Mr. Meeker,
So glad to hear you will be visiting the brethren again. I will be praying for you to have a safe and profitable trip.

Ted Franek on

Hello Mr Meeker,
How good to hear from you again. Looking forward to following along with you on your trip. May God bless all of your efforts and those of the brethren along the way.

Beverly Lofty on

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this blog :-) It is such a pleasure to feel we are traveling with you on these journey's. Please let our brethren know we think of them and pray for them :-) Take care and may God bless you with safety and good health :-) The Lofty's :-)

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