Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2093 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
looking for a bit of advice here. The gf and I are flying from Berlin to Fort-de-France at the end of the month. We arrive at CDG in the morning (8.30am) and the next flight doesn't leave before 4pm. I'm wondering how to make these 8 hours as pleasant as possible, considering that we are going to sit in a plane for 10 hours afterwards. We both have been to Paris, so we won't be going downtown.
I heard that there is a town just north of the airport called Senlis which apparently is reasonably nice. Does anyone have any info as to how to get there and whether it's worth going?
If we do stay at CDG, is there an OK place to roll up and sleep somewhere?
All else failing, is there a place to watch the planes somewhere within easy reach?
All input appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
There is a spotter point near the Roissypole station. Just take the automated train direction Terminal 1 and exit at Roissypole. However it's not fancy and taking picture of planes without authorization is prohibited. It's not as nice as in Germany.
Senlis is quite far away as far as I know. You could take a bus to Roissy en France, there are a few restaurants and on some days a market. It's nothing special...
You may go to Le Bourget airport and visit the museum there. You'll see quite a few nice exhibitions and I guess this could be interesting. There is a bus running from CDG airport. Just visit the museum website (called "Musee de l'air et de l'espace"). You may also take RER B to Stade de France and make a guided stadium visit. Or even if you have seen Paris, why not go to Porte de la Vilette, which is North of Paris, and visit "Cite de la Science",which is a huge museum about science and technic. There is also a submarine exhibit and some other interesting things. You could easily spend a big part of the day there and have a lunch at a nearby restaurant. Since it's north of Paris, you wouldn't need to cross Paris... Also in the north you could go to Porte de Clignancourt and visit one of the worlds biggest flea markets, taking plce there... Just a few ideas. I guess even if you have been in Paris before it's probably nicer to head to town and just do things that you haven't done there before.
goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
Senlis is definitely a good idea if you don't want to go to Paris. It's a beautiful city. The best is to rent a car (no other way to go there in a reasonable time from CDG). You'll be there in less than 30 min from CDG (only expressway). Alternatively you can also visit Chantilly castle (remember the castle in the James Bond "a view to a kill" ?). It will be the same time (and approx the same direction) as Senlis.
airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1558 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Some nice ideas above.
A little to add, just in case you weren't able to do the check-in in the morning for your next flight, there's a left luggage service in terminal 2, level 4 in front of the Sheraton hotel.