Bonjour everyone! It was a long couple days of travel but we are here in France. And might I say, loving it.
So we started our adventure with a little bit of drama back in Buffalo. Checked in at the Delta kiosk with lots of distractions. People can be such pains at times – anyone ever run into those folks?
Checked in, made our way through security and went to the gate. While sitting there, my name was called to come to the podium. Gate agent Kristen handed me my credit card. Yikes! So grateful to the honest person who turned the card in and to Delta for getting it to me before we took off, averted what could have been a real disaster.
Moral of the story, ignore the dumb people and just tend to one’s business.
Otherwise, the flight to JFK in NY went smoothly. We had lots of time, like 6 hours, to kill. Since we are flying business class, we were able to use the Air France lounge at JFK. What a pleasant experience!
Besides comfortable seating, they offer free drinks, a buffet and snacks. The time went by quickly and we were well hydrated and sated. We ended up going down to the gate area about a half hour before boarding time. The flight was unfortunately delayed due to computer problems in Paris, but only by an hour.
Once we boarded, we were able to get comfortable and enjoy some of the benefits of business class – champagne!
I have to say, the Air France business section was comfortable and the service was great. Everyone was friendly and did whatever they could to make you comfortable.
When we were ready to take off, the big bird was awesome. We flew on an Airbus A380 and the business class section is on the upper deck. The cabin is set up as 2 – 2 – 2 across and you don’t feel like cattle at all. The seats recline to horizontal for sleeping and the leg room is plentiful. In our advancing years, the little extra is well worth it to be comfortable.
Dinner on board was delicious. We both had a cold lobster appetizer with a mango salad, followed by a wonderful chicken entree. The white wine was a Louis Jadot Chardonnay that went perfectly. Not bad for airplane food!
After filling our bellies, it was time for a bit of a snooze. The fold down seats were very comfortable and before you knew it, they were waking us up for descent. That also meant breakfast – fresh fruit, yogurt, croissants and tea.
A smooth landing was a great way to arrive at Charles De Gaulle airport. It took about an hour to get through passport control and gather our luggage.
We were affected by the rail strike, but we knew that prior to leaving. We were able to get tickets to fly from Paris to Nantes with just a bit of a wait at the airport. When we finally boarded, we had beeen given seats in the emergency row, so at least we had a little leg room.
The flight from Paris to Nantes was about an hour, and went smoothly. We finally landed in Nantes around 6:00 pm and then took a taxi to the hotel.
So all in all we left Tuesday at 12:00 noon and arrived in Nantes Wednesday at 6:00 pm. We were a bit tired, but ready to enjoy ourselves.
We are staying at the Hotel Oceania in the center of Nantes. So here’s how we roll.
We walk in and in my best French I say: “Bonsoir, mademoiselle. Je m’appelle Thomas Herkey”. Rosalia replies: “Bonsoir, monsieur! Do you prefer English or French?” I say: “English, s’il Vous plait.” So much for my dynamic French.
We checked in and went up to the room to relax and get ready for dinner.