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Paris in June

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Paris Air Show

Up close and personal with jumbos and superjumbos at Le Bourget in Paris, where Qatar Airways definitely stole the show!

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24 Hours in London

 

I absolutely love London — it’s one of the few cities on the planet I could easily see myself living.

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Philharmonie de Paris / Paris Philharmonic

Checking out the new Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris (Paris Philharmonic), a real hunk of architecture in Parc de la Villette in Northeast Paris.

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Paris for New Year’s 2015

Seen around Paris…

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Garry Winogrand on the Paris Metro

Garry Winogrand’s work is on exhibit at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, but you don’t need an admissions ticket to enjoy it – the Metro is filled with his fabulous work right now:

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Around Paris

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Fondation Louis Vuitton – Paris

In Paris during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday I had a chance to check out the new Fondation Louis Vuitton / Louis Vuitton Foundation museum set amidst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne park. The Frank Gehry-designed building was spectacular!

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Flying Air France HOP!

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:

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Inflight service:

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Terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle:

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Flying Lufthansa 747-8

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:

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Main deck of the 747-8:

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Upper deck of the 747-8:

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Late night JFK-FRA supper service in business class:

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Lufthansa Lounge at FRA Z Concourse:

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Plane-shaped gummy bears:

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Dinner service, FRA-JFK business class:

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Around the French Riviera

Cannes:

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The Princess Grace crash site:

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Villefranche:

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Beaulieu-sur-mer:

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Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco:

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Monaco:

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St-Tropez

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I happened to be in St-Tropez on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Provence, which was commemorated with American flags throughout the town:

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Summer in Nice, France

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On the beach in Nice

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!

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Paris to the Côte d’Azur via TGV

Flying may have a slight speed edge over the TGV between Paris and Nice, but gliding through the countryside sure beats battling the airports.

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August in Paris

Gare de L’est – East Station

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Gare du Nord – North Station

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Sacre-Coeur

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Palais-Royal

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Jardin des Plantes

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Paris Mosque tea room

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Institut du monde arabe – Arab World Institute

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Notre Dame and the Seine from the Arab World Institute

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Streets of Le Marais

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Around the Goutte d’Or – Little Africa of Paris

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!

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Photos: Bastille Day 2014 in Paris

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Paris in June

For me, no birthday is complete without spending it in Paris. Once again, the city did not disappoint:

JFK Airport

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Le Marais at 10pm:

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A modern take on the French national motto:

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Exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris:

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Morning in the Tuileries Gardens:

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The Rodin Museum:

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The facade of the French Ministry for the Outre-Mer (overseas regions):

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Luxembourg Garden:

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Fête de la Musique in Paris

Every June 21, France (and many other countries) celebrates Fête de la Musique – World Music Day. It was absolutely nuts in the streets of Paris well into the wee hours of the morning:

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Flying Brussels Airlines, JFK-BRU

This week I had my first chance to fly Brussels Airlines, the reincarnated Sabena. The service was superb and the food was actually quite good.

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A very nice pre-landing gift:

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The A330 cabin at arrival in Brussels:

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