The UK mainland seems incredibly developed and populated compared to the lands we've encountered thus far.
From 22,000ft, football stadiums, warehouses, and motorways litter the landscape. Our flight plan takes us close to London, although this is yet another sight clouded from view.
However as we pass over into France the cloud begins to break up and we're back in business. The northern French countryside has a different tone to the UK.
Like a patchwork quilt of yellows browns and greens, it is much more featureless countryside, flat and rural with the occasional motorway snaking through the fields.
And before we know it the business air lanes of Charles de Gaulle airport are upon us, giving us some air show filming practice as we pick out a landing Korean Air 747 in infrared from 10km away.
Paris is hardly an ugly city on a bad day but from 2,500ft in the late afternoon sunshine it's hard to imagine a more engaging sight.
I'm caught between the desire to sit back and drink in the whole vista, and to lean forward and search out individual landmarks I recognise from previous visits on terra firma.
But it's all over too quickly and within minutes we're on the ground at Le Bourget, and back to the reality of mooching about in search of a coffee and a bathroom.
So after 4 days, 6 countries and 4,000 nautical miles my first flying road trip is over.
I feel slightly emotional leaving the PC-12NG our trusty steed for the last few days. and more jealous than I thought I would of not carrying on with Ethan and Jim as they undertake their European tour.
They head off to London, Rome, Germany and of course back to Le Bourget for the Paris air show. It's been a more than comfortable experience and full of new places and perspectives.
Crossing the Atlantic in the back of an airliner is going to quite the come down next time I head to the USA.
The next time I'll see this aircraft again will be here of course will be in five week's time, where the Star Safire 380HD will be streaming live hi def and infrared footage of the Paris air show flying displays.
Till then ... it's a goodbye from me.
Michael Targett, Flightglobal, finally here in Le Bourget.