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If you're considering going to Paris soon, DO IT! If nothing else, the trip over was MUCH easier than it's ever been before, in my experience. A lot of people on my flight were no-shows, which meant that lots of us had a ton of space. On both of my flights - to and from Paris - I had a window AND an aisle seat all to myself. On the trip over, some people had ENTIRE middle sections (three seats wide, maybe 4?) in which to stretch out and sleep somewhat comfortably.
I know that a lot of this is the result of no-shows, because I seriously considered upgrading my seat on both legs of the trip, and decided not to because of cost. When I viewed the seat maps online, they showed that there were very few free seats on both flights. But when it came time to actually take off, the amount of available room (and overhead bin space!) was delightful, if somewhat sad. The flight boarded quickly, with very little crowding or jostling about, and no oneupsmanship in the competition for storing bags. Pretty nice...
But two things about flights irk me:
- The movies have become SUCH a thing, that we are all asked to close our window shades so that the movie watchers won't have any glare. I don't know quite what the solution to this is, but for those of us who would rather gaze out the windows at the clouds, we're out of luck. I find it quite gloomy to be in a dark metal tube for 9 hours...
- If you have a cold that's in that highly... liquid... stage, where you're constantly coughing, sneezing, and/or blowing your nose, STAY OFF THE PLANE. Yes, I know that changing travel plans is a really big, and sometimes quite expensive, hassle, but you have to think of the people around you, sometimes. I am absolutely guaranteed to have a horrendous cold sometime soon, even though I wiped down every possible surface with disinfectant wipes. The airborn ickiness on my flight yesterday should be considered as a military weapon...
The other thing I can't recommend highly enough is the train (the RER B) from Charles de Gaulle airport into the city. Even if you have to take a cab AFTER you get off the train, you will save a ton of money. In many cases, you might be able to walk to your hotel, too.
My trip into the city, on the train: 10 €
My cab back to the airport: 50€
(can someone in Europe clarify for me (because I've completely forgotten!!!), does the symbol go before or AFTER the numeral for prices, in Euros? Thanks!)
I'm not going to get really crazy about recommending an airline, but I have to say that I've been on the American Airlines flights between Chicago and Paris about a bajillion times (flights 42 and 41, respectively), and I have nothing but good things to say about them. It would be nice if they would pick a time and stick with it, but other than that, I find the flight attendants to be WAY above average, and the food, amenities etc. to be perfectly acceptable.
But any time you get two adjacent seats to yourself, a flight is going to feel a lot more comfortable!
much more to come...