Bonjour from Paris! Today I start my next European group tour. For 14 days, I’ll be taking 12 readers for some of the best bars, restaurants, and locations around Europe.
We begin in Paris, a city I can’t get enough of. My countless visits here never get boring. Walking down its cobblestone streets, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, lounging in another of its parks, and smelling fresh bread and cheese at the markets fills me with joy. It’s like falling in love yet again.
My latest journey to Paris was said to be easy. After my annual visit to Vegas with friends, I was to board a flight, land in Paris, and become relaxing on the Seine before you could say Les Misérables.
Nonetheless it wasn’t designed to be.
After checking in with the world’s nicest agent, I proceeded to my gate. Seated, I noticed our flight time had changed from 10:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. That could put us in NYC 17 minutes before my flight to Paris. However, as 11 people on my flight were connecting to Paris and JFK was on a complete ground stop, there is a chance my Paris flight will be delayed and all will be right with the world.
I went off to get lunch and do some work.
However when 12:40 rolled around and we hadn’t boarded, I acquired nervous. Suddenly, we weren’t scheduled to leave until 2 p.m. Now, I’d definitely miss my flight to Paris. The gate agent couldn’t tell me anything, so, frustrated, I called up American Airlines reservations.
Yes, they knew about the problem and had already rerouted me.
Their solution? A 10:55 p.m. flight to London, a six-hour layover in Heathrow, and your final flight to Paris, landing at 4 p.m. local time.
I was silent as my mind slowly ran through what such an extended day of travel will be like. I’d reach Paris the same day, but as a zombie from such little sleep. I imagined myself shuffling my feet on the path to my hostel, chanting “sleep” rather than “brains.”
No, that had not been attractive to me.
I asked easily could just keep coming back for a flight the very next day and keep my original itinerary. “No issue,” they said. I’d land in Paris Friday morning, but after an improved night’s rest and with out a long layover.
Hanging up, I informed the gate agent of my plans. She called right down to see if indeed they could offload my bag but couldn’t, so that it would await me at JFK such as a waiting lover before we ventured to Paris together.
Yes, this is a huge inconvenience, nonetheless it was better than those connecting flights. If travel teaches us anything, it’s to roll with the punches.
The very next day, I acquired on the plane in Vegas, found its way to a zombie-like state to JFK, and proceeded to learn where my bag was. Having lost bags before, I never assume my bag are certain to get where in fact the airline says it’ll go.
The agent checked her system and said, “Yes, your bag was scanned into JFK yesterday evening.”
Phew, it had managed to get.
“It’s all tagged for tonight’s flight, right?” I said.
“Hang on. I’ll check,” she replied.
Silence. And disaster.
“Hmm, well that’s odd. They don’t view it downstairs, however they will check another holding area.”
“Nope, it’s not there either. We don’t know where it may be.”
Now I’m confused. If my bag managed to get to JFK, where would it not go? Bags aren’t likely to fly internationally with out a passenger, and the bag was noted to be on my flight with me.
The agent investigated more but without luck. I begun to worry. Don’t tell me I lost another bag! Buying new clothes in Paris will be expensive. What the hell, American Airlines?!
After even more investigating, it proved my bag have been tagged for a youthful Paris flight, nonetheless it was never scanned showing it left JFK, nor that it had already found its way to Paris.
“The bag must have been scanned,” I was told.
Nonetheless it wasn’t, no one was sure where it had been.
It wasn’t in the hold for my flight, it wasn’t downstairs, and it hadn’t scanned from the previous flight. Their finest guess? It went unscanned to Paris, and I’d have to wait and see if it had been there.
We’re all slaves to your past experiences. I’ve lost bags or had them arrive late before, and I was nervous that would happen again. When an airline says it can’t find your bag, it normally doesn’t end well.
Stressed and tired, I acquired on my plane and wished for the very best. I barely slept as nightmare scenarios played through my head. Directly after we landed, I nervously proceeded to baggage claim.
So when I acquired there, I saw it. My beautiful grey backpack was sitting there, looking forward to me.
Despite a baggage handler’s failure to simply scan the bag in to the system, it managed to get to Paris. I slung my bag over my shoulders and headed toward immigration.
My anxiousness melted away and all was right with the world.
Travel is approximately rolling with the punches, and it’s situations such as this that remind you no good should come from stressing over mishaps. Delayed flights happen. Itineraries change. Bags get misplaced.
Whatever happens may happen.
Situations such as this simply remind you to go with the flow and relax.
…and to find myself a smaller carry-on backpack when I go back home.
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- St. Christopher’s Canal – Comfy i’m all over this the canal. Through the summertime, the terrace is hopping!
- 3 Ducks Hostel – This hostel has among the cheapest bars in the town, and it’s only a 10-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.
- Les Piaules – Fantastic chimney lounge, a cool bar, and a rooftop space. It’s an excellent spot to meet people!
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