Ahhh the madness! Two countries sharing the one international airport with a border smack bang in the middle. Who would have thought? One side owned by the Swiss. The other side owned by the French. Your car hire return Location was dependent on which country you were returning it to.
For us us we were returning the car on the French side but accidentally went to the Swiss side after following the car rental signs. The Swiss side was better sign posted than the French and we ended up needing to walk 15 minutes to return our vehicle once we made it in the right (but wrong) car park. We accidentally parked it in the French rental overflow car park much to Josh and my disgust
Once inside it was pretty easy. On the top departures floor there was no barrier (see photo of Josh). On the lower arrival level there was a big border barrier preventing you from crossing from one country to the next. Even outside you couldn’t walk from one side to the other. The whole terminal length would have been all of 800m tops. On the French side all shops used euros. On the Swiss side they used Swiss francs.
Once inside we relaxed and waited for our plane to depart. it was pretty easy and EasyJet was as easy as they came despite the bun fight for seats, baggage space etc. I couldn’t help think our own JetStar was modelled on this airline.
Our copenhagen home is three stops on the metro from the airport and a short 500m walk. We are staying in a lovel modern Danish home in a rejuvenated industrial area. Lin and Beth arrive late tomorrow night and we hop on the cruise ship on Tuesday morning.
It would be remiss of me to finish our post without mentioning Julianne and Anita, our lovely hosts from just outside of Colmar. They kindly gave the boys biscuits and lollies on our departure this morning and insisted on use having a ‘family’ photo. Our home for a week was perfect and it suited us very well. They were fantastic hosts and they were incredibly generous, friendly and helpful. The Boulangerie was a highlight and it consistently had a queue of 4+ people at 7 in the morning. we will miss our short stroll to get breakfast rations each morning,
Tomorrow we hope to do some fun things to burn a bit of teenage boy energy.