Friday, October 31, 2008

Paris Oct 25-28, 2008

I have recently returned from a quick trip to Paris. My trip started by flying the new airline OpenSkies. I had business class from New York to Paris and it was very nice. All the seats in business class lay completely flat. There is a good selection of movies, tv shows and games and the service was excellent. We flew into Orly airport and since it is a smaller airport than CDG we quickly made our way out of there.

Once we arrived in Paris we made our way over to Le Meurice. I had a deluxe room at Le Meurice. It was an elegant room with a courtyard view and spacious marble bathroom.
Many of the rooms have views of the Tuileries. The Belle Etoile Suite on the seventh floor is fabulous and has panoramic views of just about all of Paris. Le Meurice has beautiful banquet facilities, two restaurants, and a great bar. It also has a one of a kind frosted mirror in the lobby that guests can write on. I did leave my handprint on it.... it does get wiped out though....

View from the top of Le Meurice

In the afternoon we take a bike tour of Paris with Fat Bike Company The ride lasted about 2 hours and took us all around the city but was a very easy ride. Our guide would stop frequently to give us some history about the city. He was very knowledgeable and the tour was great. After the tour we had dinner at a nice local restaurant, L'Ardoise. It was a very small restaurant but the food was good. .

The next day we went over to Plaza Athenee and checked into our Junior Suites. The hotel has a great location. They have modern and traditional rooms and some have views of the Eiffel Tower. There is a Dior Spa, a wine cellar where private tasting can be arranged and in the winter their courtyard has ice skating for their guests. We had a wonderful dinner at the hotel and drinks at their very modern and hip bar.

My Room

The following day we were back to the airport for our flight home. This time we had Prem + class on OpenSkies. Each seat has plenty of legroom, reclines 140 degrees and has a personal entertainment system with the same movies as Business Class. The service was again excellent and the time passed very quickly.

All in all it was an excellent trip and I hope to return to Paris soon.

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