Archived entries for Europe
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.
I’m admittedly a creature of habit when I travel, especially in a place like Paris where I have clear favorites. This Thanksgiving, though, I decided to switch things up and explore other areas, like Belleville and Ménilmontant in the northwest of the city, with its busy street life and the amazing vistas, and south into the 13th arrondissement, around Tolbiac, with its clustering of Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine (my fav).
All decked out for Christmas under the rotunda at Galeries Lafayette:
Earlier this year when I first discovered the Jack Russell brand during a birthday trip to Paris, I managed to hold myself back from buying a bag for myself. For the past six months I’ve been thinking about that bag, so this time, I couldn’t resist. I stopped into the tiny, almost-impossible-to-find, atelier tucked into Rue d’Alger near the Tuileries, where the staff was surprised to see a visitor from the USA! They were so excited to talk about the brand and hand stamp a monogrammed luggage tag (pictured) for my new bag. Expect big things from Jack Russell!
Paris City Hall:
I’ve seen a lot of crazy things in my travels but nothing was as unexpected as coming upon surfers while wandering around the landlocked city this week. It turns out surfers have been riding the waves of the narrow Eisbach River here for decades.
Fall in Bavaria is pretty spectacular. Here’s a taste of this past weekend in Munich: