citizenM Hotel at CDG Paris Airport

[Originally published in 2018. Updated in 2020]

What can I say? The reviews I’ve read about citizenM Hotels are pretty persuasive! They’re often described as high-tech, modern, and quirky. Sounds good to me!

Currently, there are three citizenM Hotels in Paris. Since I had an early flight from Paris to SFO via LHR, I decided to book my stay at the one conveniently located in Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. It was perfect for my last night in France.

This is the magic tablet that controls nearly everything in the room…

the table lamps…

the mood lighting… (lavender, light blue, green, pink…)

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the HD television…

…and my favorite, the window blinds! When I first entered the room, the blinds automatically lowered!

Rise and shine… with a few taps on the tablet, the blinds slowly rolled up, and voilà, the view from my room:

The huge hotel lobby featured several living rooms, each with its own décor.

These were my favorites:

imagine a bench made with stool seats | May 2018

May 2018

The writing on the pen says: steal this pen and write to a loved one back home

I enjoyed my stay at citizenM. Merci! A bientôt. See you next time…

Updated in 2020:

I’m so happy “next time” came sooner than I thought!

From Berlin, my daughters and I returned to Paris CDG. Since we had an early flight to SFO via LHR, we spent one night at citizenM!

Everything seemed familiar to me. The rooms, the décor, and furniture in the huge lobby appeared the same.

In a world that’s constantly changing, it was comforting to know that some things stayed pleasantly the same.

February 2020

Note: the rooms at citizenM are intended for two adults maximum. By adult, they mean age 11 and up. As my younger daughter was 10 at the time, we were able to share one room.

the best seat(s) in the house | February 2020

We enjoyed our overnight stay at citizenM. Merci! A bientôt. Someday, when it’s safe to travel again, I hope to see you next time…!

For more information: citizenM

I’m probably drafting a blog post

An Impromptu Layover in London

postcard design by C. Foster

“Keep calm and carry on”

After my connecting flight to Paris was cancelled due to severe weather conditions, the airline gave passengers hotel accommodations for the night. There were several airport hotels, but to our delight, the airline booked a rather fancy one for my family and me.

Look at the gorgeous chandelier that welcomes guests in the lobby:

We spent a couple of minutes fumbling in the dark before we read the sign saying you had to insert your door card (room key) in a slot on the wall to make the power sockets and lights work:

Snacks we bought from Marks & Spencer and Boots in the airport:

Look! Mariah Carey is on bags of crisps here

Giraffe

flat white

fish and chips with a side of pea purée (mushy peas)

non-alcoholic Elderflower Collins

Breakfast buffet at Steak & Lobster (restaurant in hotel):

Our stay was brief, but it was comfortable.

Like it says on the umbrella tag, the lovely hotel provided shelter from the storm:

After the tasty breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and caught a shuttle back to the airport.

Finally, we were on our way to Paris. Or, were we?

Another delay

We experienced a 90-minute delay in London. The captain told us that he was not confident to fly due to an earlier issue with one of the instruments. This meant we had to board another plane!

While we waited for the tram to take us to the new aircraft, the captain invited passengers to visit the flight deck of the plane, an Airbus A320! We got to briefly chat with both the captain and first officer!

After we boarded the new plane and got settled in, the captain informed us that the ramps and passenger stairs were stuck and couldn’t be removed from the side of the plane!

About 30 minutes later, we were ready for take off. Finally, we were on our way to Paris, for real.

From there, we’d catch our flight to our third/final stop: Berlin, Germany!

*More to come on our visit to Berlin

Building a Toy Airplane and Dreams

After my visit to Airbus in Toulouse, I went to the gift shop and bought a model airplane building-block kit of the Airbus A380! It’s a fun souvenir that family and friends can put together. To assemble 70 blocks and build the cute replica, it took the Girls and me only 45 minutes, which included unboxing and taking pictures along the way!

Part 1

Part 1: Completed

Part 2

Part 2: Completed

The most challenging part was peeling off the stickers from the paper sheet and making sure they didn’t tear. But applying the stickers to the model airplane was a breeze!

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Let’s name the pilot!

The finished replica measures about 10 inches (25cm) in length and almost 3 inches (7cm) in height. It’s sturdy enough to play make believe, but too fragile to throw in the toy box. Most likely, we’ll display it on the bookshelf. I hope the model of the world’s largest airplane will inspire travel, conceive dreams, and spark the imagination.

Speaking of which, we’re now playing a game called Name the Pilot. What can we call her? 👩🏻‍✈️

 

Let’s Visit Airbus

[Updated July 2018]

I was thrilled to hear the latest news from Airbus, the European aerospace and aviation corporation: their BelugaXL took its first flight on July 19, 2018.

The BelugaXL is the successor to the BelugaST aircraft. There are five BelugaST aircraft currently in operation. They transport oversized aircraft parts, like fuselage and wings, to final assembly sites.

I remember seeing BelugaST #3 with my dear friend, François during an Airbus tour at the final assembly site in southwest France, near the Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

Our wonderful tour guide, Vanessa, told us the aircraft was named after the Beluga whale, the marine mammal it strongly resembles due to its large, bulbous head. The cargo is loaded through a hinged-door at the nose of the aircraft.

Outside the Aeroscopia Aeronautical Museum

The legendary, high-speed, luxury Concorde was retired in 2003

The A400M can do air-to-air refueling

Airbus A380

It took 15,801 Lego blocks and 300 hours in 6 months to build this A380

When I was booking my return flight from Paris, I have to admit I was mainly looking at the schedules. It was only later on that I noticed that my flight would be on an Airbus A380 – a wide-body, double-deck, four-engine aircraft – currently the largest commercial airplane in the world!

The plane was so huge that they needed two jetways to board passengers. It was the smoothest, quietest, and most comfortable flight that I’ve ever been on. I’m spoiled now; the next time I take a long-haul flight, I would definitely choose to fly on an A380, if possible. Fortunately, there’s an app for that: iFlyA380 lets you look up flights that specifically use an Airbus A380.

Many years ago, I visited the Museum of Flight in the Seattle, Washington area and I recall seeing a variety of aircraft, like the impressive Air Force One. I also remember the excitement of sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet, if only for a few seconds! But I must say, my recent experiences of flying on an A380, taking an Airbus tour, and seeing a BelugaST have significantly piqued my interest in aviation.

Félicitations, Airbus, on the new BelugaXL!

Do you have a favorite aircraft?Have you flown on an Airbus A380? Tell me in the comments below!