Instead of yet another trip to Bangkok, I opted to swap onto a Paris flight in order to fly with the lovely Rachel from the Dubai Diaries! Originally I had sent out swaps to everyone on the flight, and they were all rejected… I was just about to sit my final SEP recurrent exam when I saw that someone wanted to take my Bangkok for Rachel’s Paris! Even though she’s upstairs in business class now on the A380, I was still thrilled to fly with her as we were thinking of visiting Euro Disney! The flight was so busy in economy that I barely saw Rachel except when she came down to help us out, and bring me some cheese 😉 After we landed, checked in and helped ourselves to yummy hot chocolate from the crew lounge, we shared a taxi all the way to the City with some nice crew. We decided that Disneyland would be a bit dear at this time of year, so that will be saved for a more temperate and less busy time! After a crepe stop and a thousand photo opportunities, we wandered down the Champs Élysées to admire the festive shop windows, lights and just generally people watch!
We saw the largest Ice skating rink at the Grand Palais, were the Chanel fashion shows are held during Paris fashion week, and the line was literally kilometres long! Unfortunately that would have to wait until next time as well. We spent the rest of the time browsing the markets, toasting to the New Year and navigating the metro back to our faraway airport hotel.
Seeing as we would be spending New Years Eve at work, we had champangne to celebrate near the Eiffel tower the previous evening.
The captain of our flight was really nice and announced when the countdown was commencing, so I celebrated 2015 collecting blankets at 22000 ft just before it was time to secure and sit down… We were meant to land at 11:59pm on the 31st, yet by the time we landed, did our post landing duties, got on the crew bus and were stuck in traffic for 2 hours, I didn’t get into bed until 4am… Not before sneaking some champagne and a Fauchon macaron with my roomie! I slept all day until midnight when it was time to Skype James for his Canadian birthday at lunch time (Vancouver is 12 hours behind Dubai) and then went to my snow boarding lesson at Ski Dubai in preparation for our trip to Whistler for my birthday! Can’t wait to share that and more exciting news with you all!
Happy Wanderlusting! X