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KL A330/AF B777 CDG-IAD-CDG: Home For The Holidays  
User currently offlineKhunRyeroam From France, joined Aug 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11448 times:

Hello everybody: Big grin

I've been off the radar forever--busy with school and settling in on a new life in the suburbs. Believe me, once you leave the city, you don't go back. This past summer, my life partner and I landed on this cute little house by accident. You see, I'm one of those people who believe that people spend their lives replicating more or less the same experience. Well, this house is a small piece of Parisian suburbs that reminds us of our Guadalajara, Mexico expat housing (I even got a satellite to receive Mexican channels). The house is perched on a hill with a view, and, on beautiful days, you actually see airplanes crisscrossing white streaks against the blue backdrop as they descend to land at Roissy, a.k.a. Charles de Gaulle. There is one descending now as we speak...AF A340...from Ciudad de México, I bet.


So, Thanksgiving was approaching and I haven't travelled since we moved out of Paris. AF/KL was doing a Web@wards promotion for CDG/AMS-IAD flights for ONLY 25,000 miles round-trip. I couldn't let that pass me by: DC's autumnal splendor and shop-'till-you-drop extravaganza on Black Friday at BestBuy in exchange for 25,000 miles? Who could say no?

MAISON SWEET MAISON. Look at my bike...hehehe.

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Aéroport de Paris, both at Roissy and Orly, now proposes reserveable parking spaces. You pay 12 Euros fee in addition to parking fee. The extra: you literally park underneath the terminal and just take the elevator up to check-in. With the country-wide strike in France, this 12 Euros fee was well worth it. This was a perfect option considering that my hubby flies back in that day so he could just drive back home.

Terminal 2F.

Self-service check-in.

Flight Info:
KL 1228
Boeing 737
21 Nov
Seat: don't remember.

KL 651
Airbus 330
21 Nov
Seat: 10A (window seat first row against the bulkhead)

Cocooning area at 2F

KLM B737 pilot waving at me. Oh, hi, so that was you at Folie's Tea Dance last Sunday?  bitelip 

---------------AT AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL------------
As soon as I exited the gate in the Schengen area, there was this casino...I spent 10 Euros in 10 minute on them slut machines [sic].  banghead 

Schiphol is a really nice airport. Who cares about size? After all you're here to change planes, not terminals. I really had a wonderful 4-hour layover at Schiphol. Don't forget to check out comfy seats hidden all over the airport. There is actually one Sushi bar manned by real Japanese.

The A330 beauty that will take me to DC.




MD-11, how exotic....is MD11junkie around? This one is for you.

Landing at IAD. If you tink the control tower resembles a floating Chinese pagoda, then, well, you're right. It was meant to be that.

This dog's still here?

Wow.....isn't that beautiful?

This is where I worked on Thanksgiving Day...600 bucks at the end of the day. Not so bad.

*****************************My BIG motto: Don't f-ck with people who handle your food (Flight Attendants included)!!!! HAHAHAHAHA  devil   devil   devil  **************************************

Normandie Farm in Potomac, MD is the best French cuisine you can get in Montgomery County, MD. I invite DC-MD-VA a.netters to dine here once this holiday season.

I got off at 10PM, then headed to Virginia to watch my brother doing his Thai concert for Singha beer. Yeah...it was a blast.

AT 2AM I was just tired. But then Best Buy would hand out Black Friday vouchers at 3AM!!! I got back to MD and was standing in front of a Best Buy by 3. And when the door opened at 5, I just rushed in and hogged all the IPOD TOUCH, SHUFFLE, and NANO I could get to fill my empty bags and bring them over to France to sell them on E-bay. These things sell because Apple France sets their Ipod prices way too high. I'll only tell this to my fellow a.netters. If you cross the pond to the US: buy a bunch of Ipods and sell them back on Continental Europe. If you do it well, you can have the whole trip paid! If you get stopped by Customs, you just give them a guilt-inflicting look and say "It's Christmas, bro. My family's huge!"

Back at IAD in the evening for the IAD-CDG flight on AF 27. Seat....too tired to remember.

Oh look, Qatar newbie at IAD. When did this happen?


CAN ANYONE CATCH what's wrong with the second one?


Since when did they use Euros in Argentina? The person who designed this ad must be one of those people who mix Taiwan with Thailand.

THE FLIGHT: I hate to admit but I'm starting to feel that Paris-US East Coast flights are becoming as trite as catching a bus. I never want that to happen to me. I want to be happy flying all the time.  yes  One thing I really like about Air France is the footrest. It changes everything.

AF 777 that took me back to Paris.

TERMINAL 2E, finally functional and functioning! yeah! But somehow I miss those days when AF gave you 1000 bonus miles each time you flew out of 2E, to compensate for the inconvenience.

Cool...although not very legible.

Magic Mountain ride. Woo hoo.

The rippling ceiling effect. Me like.


JFK-BKK-JFK non-rev on TG to pick up granny in BKK.
----------GRADUATION AT PENN STATE----------
IAD-SFO-LAX on VX Virgin America
LAX-JFK Overnight flight on VX....with mood lighting and everything....the best discotheque in the sky
JFK-TPA-JFK on JetBlue

12 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11388 times:

Great TR! Thanks for posting!


Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineMaxisno1 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11353 times:

Wonderful trip report. Interesting tip about the iPods and one I will sure use!  Wink

Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11230 times:

Great TR Thanks.

If you don't mind me asking, what does that big machine outside your cute house do?

"Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
User currently offlineKhunRyeroam From France, joined Aug 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11134 times:

Quoting PlateMan (Reply 3):
If you don't mind me asking, what does that big machine outside your cute house do?

The house is on a steep hill northwest of Paris and the zone does harbor some risks for landslide. The machine you see digs deep beneath and take a rod of soil sample for analysis to make sure that we can erase that whole hill to make a pool veranda accessible from the basement.  optimist  ... still waiting for the result....

User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17771 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10484 times:

Really nice TR.

The pics are really good.

Quoting KhunRyeroam (Thread starter):
MD-11, how exotic....

Exotic??? Not.

Looking forward for next TR.

Thank you for sharing.


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1415 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10271 times:

I am glad you had a great trip. My mother lives just down the road from Normandie Farm.

God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9899 times:

Nice TR. Simple yet a quick read

Quoting KhunRyeroam (Thread starter):
There is actually one Sushi bar manned by real Japanese.

I ate there as well. I noticed they were Japanese when I said arigato (thank you in Japanese) and they actually responded.

That green tea was soooo good too  yummy 

User currently offlineFito28 From Venezuela, joined Nov 2007, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 9507 times:

Excellent TR!!! How good it was to leave CDG on 2F and return on 2E! For me the best ones of CDG. Though i was waiting for photos on the AF B777 flight back to France you compensate it with those of the curved timetable and the airport shuttle.

Nice pics on the Eero Saarinen most beautiful architectural work: the Washington Airport.

User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 9470 times:

Great trip report and pictures.  spin 

User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 9097 times:

great trip report & pictures... looking forward to your next trip reports...

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2913 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months ago) and read 9036 times:

The report was just great , awesome pictures, thanks for sharing awaiting your next ones


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1687 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8986 times:

Excellent report! .. I've always loved traveling through IAD. Always gave me this retro feel to the trip  Smile

And its good to know that KLM still is a reliable airline  Smile

Thanks a lot for sharing, and all the best on your graduation.


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