I had a chance to fly the new Air France regional brand HOP! between Frankfurt and Paris this week. The Crew was excellent (better than my experiences with Air France mainline) and it was a nice change to board the E190 old-school style via air stairs.
Boarding at Frankfurt Airport:
Terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
Last week I had a chance to fly Lufthansa’s new 747-8 for the first time between New York and Frankfurt. It was an incredibly quiet, smooth ride and the service was excellent. On my return, I had a long layover in Frankfurt after connecting from Nice, so I had a chance to check out the huge Z Concourse Lufthansa Business Lounge.
Lufthansa Lounge at JFK:
Main deck of the 747-8:
Upper deck of the 747-8:
Late night JFK-FRA supper service in business class:
Lufthansa Lounge at FRA Z Concourse:
Plane-shaped gummy bears:
Dinner service, FRA-JFK business class:
Nice’s beach may have nearly no sand to speak of, but it does have a great view of plans on final approach to Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur!
Flying may have a slight speed edge over the TGV between Paris and Nice, but gliding through the countryside sure beats battling the airports.
Gare de L’est – East Station
Gare du Nord – North Station
Jardin des Plantes
Paris Mosque tea room
Institut du monde arabe – Arab World Institute
Notre Dame and the Seine from the Arab World Institute
Streets of Le Marais
On the edge of Paris near Gare du Nord lies Goutte d’Or, known as the Little Africa of Paris. Although it’s not considered the most chic or most safe quarter in Paris, it’s worth a visit, especially to the teeming streets of the weekend market which has an incredible mix of strange food, interesting textiles, counterfeit watches, and more!
For me, no birthday is complete without spending it in Paris. Once again, the city did not disappoint:
Le Marais at 10pm:
A modern take on the French national motto:
Exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris:
Morning in the Tuileries Gardens:
The Rodin Museum:
The facade of the French Ministry for the Outre-Mer (overseas regions):
When it’s freezing in New York, it’s time to escape to warmer climes…like Western Europe. This weekend Paris hit 66 degrees — unreal!
Evening in Le Marais:
The always over-the-top Four Seasons George V:
Robert Adams exhibit at the Jeu de Paume:
Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. / All good things must come to an end.
Asia is pretty great, but the journey is pretty damn spectacular, too — so long as you get to enjoy a great airline like Cathay Pacific. I was rather miffed when my 16-hour nonstop flight from Hong Kong to JFK in New York only lasted 14 1/2 hours!
A wander around the swampy Singapore…
National Museum of Singapore:
Singapore Art Museum:
Central Business District:
CBD from Fort Canning Park:
Kampong Glam / Muslim Quarter: