Monday, April 16, 2012

46. Travel: Paris

I was supposed to go to Indianapolis.  In briefing, we were short one flight attendant for FAA minimums, so I went to the crew desk to ask for a replacement person.  “I can’t deal with that now!” yelled the scheduler.  “I’m trying to get the Paris flight out—we’re short one on that!” 

Paris?  Did she say Paris? 
“Uh, I have my passport,” I offered helpfully, as if every flight attendant in the airport did not have her passport, a mandatory item. 

“Do you have your French visa?” 
I flashed back to that entire day off I had “wasted in line” at the French embassy, griping that I would never get to use that visa. 

“Go to gate 68B.  Run!”    

The flight was a blur.  I was going to Paris, with a 24-hour layover! 

Since it was a red-eye flight, the crew and I were exhausted upon arrival.  I went to my hotel room to take a 4-hour power nap so I could have the stamina to see Paris.

When I woke up, I immediately went to the front desk to get a map so I could walk around.  I had spent a week in Paris in college, so I had already done all the touristy things:  the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées , the Louvre, the Picasso Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, the Pompidou Center.  This trip was just about wandering.

I gawked at the stunning architecture all around me. 

I sipped café au lait and nibbled on a chocolate éclair while relaxing at a sidewalk café. 

I people-watched in the park.  I shopped in little shops. 

I practiced my French.  I pretended I lived there.  Later, I went for a run near the Eiffel Tower.  For one day, I was Parisian.     


It was the best trip to Indianapolis I never had. 



  1. Yay! I spent three days in Paris once - independent and alone - had a blast even though I have ZERO skills when it comes to French. C'est le vie!

  2. We went to Paris on our honeymoon in 2009. LOVED IT! Saving to go back.

  3. Love your story about the Paris layover.

    Visiting from A to Z Challenge.

    Good luck,
    Mary Montague Sikes


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