We'll always have Paris....
Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
26Trip End Aug 02, 2009
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My flight from Cincinnati to Paris departed on time last night. The 767 was full of tourists heading to Paris or other places in Europe for an educational vacation. As usual several American teens distinguished themselves by talking loud enough to be heard throughout the cabin. I believe it is because we’re used to having more space than the Europeans, and a bit more exuberance as well; on average we certainly do talk louder, a fact that is not appreciated in quieter more reserved cultures.
I was seated next to an AP reporter on her way to her post in Kabul, Afghanistan, via Abu Dhabi. We chatted pleasantly for a while about travel, writing and journalism. Her enthusiasm faded noticeably, though, when she found out I worked for a Christian publication. The conversation pretty much dried up. Perhaps she feared Christianity might be contagious. I slept most of the flight after dinner, though I did take the time to start Dorothy Dunnett’s last Lymond novel: Checkmate. It’s starting off very well and promises to tie up all the loose ends that Mrs. Dunnett has spent five other novels loosening….
After looking at a number of itineraries to try to find the least expensive, I finally chose a flight to Reunion on Air Austral, which I have never before flown. But I found out at the Cincinnati airport that they don’t have a baggage agreement with Delta. So I couldn’t check my suitcase all the way through to Reunion, but had to claim it in Paris. And taking that flight meant a long layover in Paris: arriving at 10:00 am; I won’t leave again until nearly 8:00 pm tonight.
Claiming my bag, I took the new airport train (quite an improvement over the old busses) to the Roissypole center, the location of several airport hotels. I took a room at the Ibis for half a day, at a reduced price.
The weather in Paris is pleasantly cool, and overcast. Light rain falls from time to time. It’s a typical July day in northern France.
Where I stayed
Ibis Hotel Roissypole