It was an check-in and security, though I did get extra screening (a rear-end pat down and hand swab). The gate area is quiet and empty as it's two hours before check in.
I arrive in Germany 7:00 am local time (that's midnight to you folks in the Midwest). A few hours, then it's a short hop to Paris by 10 am (3 am at home). Followed by border security, find Mom, and a taxi to the hotel—and then try to stay awake long enough to adjust to a shift seven hours into the future. Total travel door-to-door is approximately 17 hours.
We won't do much on arrival day (Tuesday) other than get acclimated by walking and eating. Not a bad beginning.