Leslie Cook

Paris 2010 – The Flight to Paris

In Paris, Travel on June 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

I was worried.  It’s what I do prior to any tip.  I suppose it’s just who I am.  I worry that for some ungodly reason the tickets won’t work or that the airline decided to cancel reservations randomly (which has happened to me).  I worry that the scheduled shuttle won’t show up, that the hotel will lose our reservation.  I worry that security at the airports will suddenly put me on the no fly list and decide that I’m a terrorist.  I suppose that’s why I plan so well and why most of my family depends on me to make the vacation plans.  I know Norm loves that I take care of all of this stuff.  It does make me feel better.

Well, nothing bad happened on our first leg of the trip.  I met my mom and nephew at the airport on schedule.  We made it though ticketing and booking without a hitch.  Our seats were where they were suppose to be and hadn’t been reordered.  And of course, the flight was long, about 10 1/2 hours from Los Angeles to Paris.  Here are the good things:

  • Air France has a non-stop flight to Paris (yippee) so no changing of planes.  This was really important for my 78 year old mother.  She moves a little slower now than the last time she went to Paris and it helps not to have to shift between planes and airports.
  • Air France has a lovely inflight entertainment system with lots and lots of movies.  I ran through the following movies while I was flying to Paris:
  • A Serious Man – really good movie but I’ll have to talk to someone about what it means.
  • Valentines Day – very sweet and cute, but mostly just a piece of fluff.
  • New Moon – got through about 30 minutes before I had to turn it off…it really bored me.
  • Sherlock Holmes – A good movie, but we landed before I could finish it.  I’ll have to watch the rest on the way home.

I must say, I’ve never been through customs more quickly than I have at Charles De Gaul airport.  We were the only ones in line and the only thing that held us up is that my mom didn’t know how to answer the passport man’s question.  For some reason it confused her.  Must have been the accent.  On a side note, the only reason we were the only people in line was because we stood in line a long time to get to the bathroom once we got off of the plane.

The shuttle was another thing though.  I did order a shuttle, I called as requested before we picked up our luggage.  And then we searched for the entrance they told us to go to to pick up the shuttle.  For some reason, this proved to be the most difficult thing of the trip.  Eventually though, after much searching, we found the correct entrance, found the shuttle, and were whisked off to our hotel.

Of course, as is normal for me and Paris, the room at the hotel wasn’t ready until 2:30pm.  We arrived at the hotel at 12:00pm.  And we were exhausted.  So we stowed our luggage and headed out to see Paris.  We wandered over to Tuileries Gardens and walked for a while.  It’s a beautiful park and on Sunday, it was teaming with people.  The wandering only lasted about 2 hours before we pooted out, went to back to the hotel and sat in the lobby.  They did finally get our room and we all passed out.

I’m writing this from Paris at 5:30 pm PDT and 2:30 am  Paris Time.

Mom & Lawrence at Tuileries Garden

I was worried.  It’s what I do prior to any tip.  I suppose it’s just who I am.  I worry that for some ungodly reason the tickets won’t work or that the airline decided to cancel reservations randomly (which has happened to me).  I worry that the scheduled shuttle won’t show up, that the hotel will lose our reservation.  I worry that security at the airports will suddenly put me on the no fly list and decide that I’m a terriorist.  I suppose that’s why I plan so well and why most of my family depends on me to make the vacation plans.  I know Norm loves that I take care of all of this stuff.  It does make me feel better.
Well, nothing bad happened on our first leg of the trip.  I met my mom and nephew at the airport on schedule.  We made it though ticketing and booking without a hitch.  Our seats were where they were suppose to be and hadn’t been reordered.  And of course, the flight was long, about 10 1/2 hours from Los Angeles to Paris.  Here are the good things:
Air France has a non-stop flight to Paris (yippee) so no changing of planes.  This was really important for my 78 year old mother.  She moves a little slower now than the last time she went to Paris and it helps not to have to shift between planes and airports.
Air France has a lovely inflight entertainment system with lots and lots of movies.  I ran through the following movies while I was flying to Paris:
A Simple Man – really good movie but I’ll have to talk to someone about what it means.
Valentines Day – very sweet and cute, but mostly just a piece of fluff.
New Moon – got through about 30 minutes before I had to turn it off…it really bored me.
Sherlock Holmes – A good movie, but we landed before I could finish it.  I’ll have to watch the rest on the way home.
I must say, I’ve never been through customs more quickly than I have at Charles De Gaual airport.  We were the only ones in line and the only thing that held us up is that my mom didn’t know how to answer the passport man’s question.  For some reason it confused her.  Must have been the accent.  On a side note, the only reason we were the only people in line was because we stood in line a long time to get to the bathroom once we got off of the plane.
The shuttle was another thing though.  I did order a shuttle, I called as requested before we picked up our luggage.  And then we searched for the enterence they told us to go to to pick up the shuttle.  For some reason, this proved to be the most difficult thing of the trip.  Eventually though, after much searching, we found the correct enterence, found the shuttle, and were whisked off to our hotel.
Of course, as is normal for me and Paris, the room at the hotel wasn’t ready until 2:30pm.  We arrived at the hotel at 12:00pm.  And we were exahusted.  So we stowed our luggage and headed out to see Paris.  We wandered over to Tivolli Gardens and walked for a while.  It’s a beautiful park and on Sunday, it was teaming with people.  The wandering only lasted about 2 hours before we pooted out, went to back to the hotel and sat in the lobby.  They did finally get our room and we all passed out.
I’m writing this from Paris at 5:30 pm PDT and 2:30 am  Paris Time.
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