Half term was once again upon us so it's on with the wig and kaftan for me and the platform shoes and big glasses for madam and a brief rendition of our favourite half term song, and following a request from a Juan and Jaunita Hernandez, with accompanying subtitles in Spanish.
Except it wasn't a jet plane but one with two whisks on the wings ( propellers I believe they call them in the aeroplane industry ) that carried us sedately from the world's best airport at Southampton. (Park your car, walk into a terminal devoid of queues get on plane, fly away - simples) all the way to Lyon.
There are shops, many shops, Lyon is very good for shopping, our suitcase was four kilos over its limit on our return.
And while Madam went shopping, I went fishing.
These are the times we live in, but it didn't detract from a superb stay.
The return flights from Southampton to Lyon with one case in the hold cost £100 each.
Five days in an apartment sleeping 2/4 in the centre of Lyon booked through AirBnb cost £350.
Oh yes the TV
Even with the English subtitles we remain baffled.
Answers on a postcard please