Jul 28, 2014
Our last day in Mazamet was very busy indeed. We went to the market in the morning for the last time and said goodbye to the people in Café de la Paix and Café Central who had been so good to us in providing coffees over the past months. We also bought just enough cheese and fruit for our last day from the stall holders whom we had come to know over our few months in Mazamet. We had our last trip to the laundromat which we had come to know so well before cleaning the house and finalising our packing.
We then drove to Jean-Jacques and Cathy's house for lunch. Bernard, Yvette, Mer and Andrew were all present and we had a wonderful lunch. Cathy was so kind and had bought some Société Baragnaudes Rochefort knowing it is my favourite variety of Rochefort. Jean-Jacques served some wonderful wines including a bottle of Banyuls which is a very pleasant and distinctive desert wine. We said our sad farewells and returned to 13 Polydore Barbey for the final countdown until the ECO Navette was due to arrive the next morning at 6.00am.
We panicked when it arrived at 5.45am since we still had some last minute things to do but they got left for Sylvie Amalric to sort out. Fortunately it wasn't much and the house was in good shape. We arrived at Toulouse in time for our flight to Singapore via Munich and were then told that we could only take on one piece of baggage each. After a bit of heated discussion we were allowed to take two items each which in total weighed in at 59.9 kgs against an allowance of 60 kgs. It was just as well that we had previously posted 8 kgs of books and maps via La Poste otherwise the excess baggage would have been quite costly.
On arrival at Singapore we stayed one night in the Royal Plaza on Scotts which is the same hotel that we used on our way to France. We spent most of the day asleep and later, instead of going out for dinner we decided to have the seafood buffet at the hotel restaurant. It was sensational. After a late checkout the next day we boarded the aircraft for Melbourne and arrived home at 6.30am the next morning feeling very tired indeed.