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User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8346 times:

This trip is a part of a tour my brother and I took to Paris and London.
You can find my trip report about our journey from and to TLV in here: TLV-CDG-TLV Winter Trip With LY (w/27 Pics) (by 4xRuv Feb 28 2006 in Trip Reports)

We've spent some wonderful 3 days in Paris. What a great city.
The day of the flight I went to see the Louvre for the first time in my life (though it wasn't the first time I was in Paris). Afterwards I met my brother, and we went to eat lunch in a great local restaurant I knew from my last business trip here.
Early afternoon, we returned to our hotel, picked up our luggage, and took a cab to "Gare du Nord". I really think that the Cab driver was cheating us, saying we have to pay for his way from the taxi station to our hotel, but since I had no choice, I just paid him. Tourists are suckers….

CDG-LHR

Date: 11/2/2006
Airline: British Airways
Flight: BA323
Aircraft: A319-131
Registration: G-EUPP
Departure (Pushback): 18:10(18:11) local time
Arrival (Touchdown): 18:30(18:19) local time
Class: M
Seats: 21A and 21B.
Gate: B29

From "Gare du Nord" it's about 30 minutes to CDG terminal 2's station. When we arrived, we took a bus to terminal 2B, which was quite empty as it was Saturday afternoon. Strange thing about CDG 2B, maybe because the way it is built: The passport control is done before you can check-in, which means you have to stand in line for it with your luggage. I hate to think what would happen on a busy day and a long line.
The check-in counters were quite empty, and the check-in agent was a really nice guy and since there was no line behind us, we chat for a while. We asked for an emergency row, but he said that they were already taken and the only seats he could assign us together were on the last row.

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Check-in counters of BA in CDG

Since there was nothing to do there, we decided to go to the gate area, so I could take some pictures. We had to find our way in between some check-in counters to find the way to the security search and from there to the gate area. Boy, who designed this terminal? He should not be allowed to design anything but Lego terminals….

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Try to find the way to the gate…

This was the first flight in this trip which actually left on daylight, which means I got the chance to take some photos:

The earlier flight to LHR was just closing when we arrived:

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You can also see AF Concorde way back

And pushed back:

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See you in LHR

A by passer:

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AF Regional Fokker 100

Our gate was still empty, awaiting the plane from LHR:

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Empty gates at Empty Terminals   

Around 45 minutes before our departure it has finally arrived:

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G-EUPP

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On your mark…

The captain/co-pilot (couldn't see from where I was standing) was doing his walk around the plane, chatting with the ground staff:

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You can see him resting on the right engine. What a dream job

Soon after the cleaning staff have finished their job(we could actually know when that was as their vehicle was right in front of us), it was time for boarding:

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Our boarding passes

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Boarding


On our way on the jet way, I managed to take this photo of a Malev 737 who's just arrived:

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Sorry for the poor quality: The sun was going down

We've taxied to runway 09R, and then the flight attendant took the "don't use any electronic device" too seriously and decided that I can't use my camera till we're airborne. Urgh! So at that point I just put the camera in my bag, and enjoyed the flight. So no more photos from this leg, which was quite short and uneventful. Soon after wheels up drinks were served, together with a small bag of chips, which you can see in the photo I took on our return leg. Soon, we've started the "traditional" circling of LHR, which wasn't too bad (In one of my previous flight to LHR we were actually circling LHR longer than the actual flight took).
We landed on 27L, and had to hold on the taxiway because our gate wasn't free yet. We waited around 5 minutes, and taxied to our gate on terminal 4.
The passport control was a bit strange; the immigration officer "interviewed" us for several minutes as if it was a job interview…
Pretty soon we collected our luggage and headed to London city.

Got to say: London is my favorite city in the world.

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Parliament

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Tower Bridge on sunset



LHR-CDG

Date: 15/2/2006
Airline: British Airways
Flight: BA322
Aircraft: A320-232
Registration: G-EUUB
Departure (Pushback): 17:10(17:05) local time
Arrival (Touchdown): 19:25(19:10) local time
Class: M
Seats: 21E and 21F.
Gate: 08 (Terminal 4)

London was great, and it was time to go home. After spending the morning at the famous oxford street, we headed back to our hotel, took our luggage and went to the very close tube station for a direct train to the airport.
Terminal 4's tube station is closed till September, so there's a complimentary bus service from Hatton cross station, which is about 5 minutes ride.

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The bus

This evening we were to check in from zone B, which was quite empty:
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Treminal 4 Zone B

There was no line and we asked the agent to send our luggage all the way to TLV. He did it, but said that he couldn't give us boarding passes for our second leg, which was understandable considering LY and BA are not related in any way.
Afterwards we went for the security checks where we've found a long line. Some people were selected from the line for a "new" security check. Displays at this area explained that this is only a test procedure, and that passengers who decline this procedure will be given a full body search. Luckily, we weren’t chosen. I think it's not very nice "threatening" people with a full body search to participate in these tests.

Soon, we got through security, and went to sit down for a coffee. I think I've found heaven: There were so many BA's passing by. At one point I left my brother with our stuff, and went to take some pictures. Here are some selected:

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BA 777 towed to a gate

One 777 wheels had to be replaced:

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BA technicians. Sorry for the poor quality

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All is done

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Another BA 777 catering loading

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BA 744 getting ready to depart with LH A32X landing behind

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Loads of BAs

When boarding has started, we headed to gate 8 where there was no line and soon we were on the aircraft. This time I didn't take any chances, and took a photo of the cabin before any flight attendant would make up some new rules like "hold your breath while we are taking off".

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Our cabin

Boarding was over early, and there were several empty rows in the back, so I let my brother have our original triple seats, and settled down in seats 22 A-C. Love it when the flight isn't full.

Here's a photo my brother took when we were still parking:

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How many 777s does BA have????

We pushed back 5 minutes before our original departure time, which has never happened to me before, but I heard there is a new rule or something…
We taxied to runway 27R. LHR tower was doing an interesting thing; Instead of one long taxi line, they created 2 short parallel lines. One on the other direction of runway 23 (there's no runway 5 for some reason), which we were on, and another one on the taxiway. I was so happy that I moved to the other side; I got to catch all those great photos, especially the first one. I couldn't believe how small it is:

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That's it? That's the all mighty Concorde?

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Hope to see this guy some day in TLV

I don't know how long the queue was, but it took us about 20 minutes from pushback, to rotation. Shortly after we rotated we've done a series of turns until we got to our cruising altitude. At this point Service has begun, serving drinks (including alcoholic) and a small bag of chips. I took a cup of tea as my throat was aching, and some still water.

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I used my book so I could photograph the chips. I was reading "Ana Karenina"

After about 25 minutes we've already started our decent, which was very bumpy as the weather in Paris was stormy. We've jumped up and down as if it was a rollercoaster; so much fun. We've landed on runway 27R (27 seems to be a repeating number throughout this trip), and taxied to our gate, passing by the French Concorde.
When we've disembarked, I asked the captain if I could take a picture of the cockpit, which he gladly approved (Thank you).

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You can see on the window how rainy Paris was

We've left the jet way, and the transfer area was right in front of us:

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Going DOWN

The rest of our journey to TLV can be found in this trip report: TLV-CDG-TLV Winter Trip With LY (w/27 Pics) (by 4xRuv Feb 28 2006 in Trip Reports)

All in all, the flights were very short but nice, and I must say I really enjoyed the view, especially at LHR. Hope you liked this report, and I'd love to hear any comment or question.

[Edited 2006-02-28 14:32:45]

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8286 times:

Good TR, I agree London is the nicest city in the world Big grin

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8034 times:

Very nice and funny. Thanks. The train under the Channel from Paris to London is a lot more fun than flying and more convenient. I highly suggest you try it.

User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8012 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):
Very nice and funny. Thanks. The train under the Channel from Paris to London is a lot more fun than flying and more convenient. I highly suggest you try it.

It's all a matter of price (+ I got to do spotting in LHR)


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

Great Trip report..
What's with the BA concorde ? Is that her final resting place ??


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7882 times:

LOL yes Heathrow is the best for spotting.

User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7759 times:

Bandwidth problem fixed

User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7737 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 4):
What's with the BA concorde ? Is that her final resting place ??

It's been there for a while so I'm guessing that's it's final resting place. It's obviously just for show, I think they have one in Seattle too.

Anywayz great TR, I really need to explore London, looks like a nice city. Thanks for taking so many pics!

Aaron



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7431 times:

BA have 43 777 in the fleet at the moment

Really good trip report, glad you enjoyed the service Smile

Dan
(Been with BA 1 YEAR AS OF YESTERDAY)


User currently offlineLoungeLover From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7350 times:

Aaaah, the 323 and 322 services...flights I have taken every week for the last 7 months!
Nice to see you enjoyed the service. I don't always exactly because of the security checks both at Terminal 4 and in Paris at 2B.
I agree, the guy who designed Terminal 2 at CDG should be put down - just for the sake of it. What an old and ugly airport.

Quote:
The train under the Channel from Paris to London is a lot more fun than flying and more convenient. I highly suggest you try it.

I disagree on the Eurostar - it's not even a price thing but just a comfort one. The train has new seats which are as itchy as those woolly jumpers you used to get as a kid for Christmas. I am never going near it again - not just for that reason.

The Concorde might be put into the new Terminal 5 a LHR. They also sometimes tow it away to get it cleaned I guess.


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