The last part of my European adventure would take me to the City of Lights, Paris!
After a very early shuttle ride from Spangdahlem Air Base to the airport (0500), I quickly checked-in my bag and headed over to the Air France lounge to try to get some more sleep..
After about 2 hours in the lounge it was time for boarding. I managed to get Exit row seats which gave me all the legroom that I needed.
After 1hr 40mins of flying, we arrive at CDG. As I planned to visit the Louvre first, I asked the information desk the best way to get there. Initially the lady told me to just take a taxi but later suggested to take the Roissybus and hoof it from there. I then found the Roissybus ticket machine and after a quick wait, I was off to the Paris Opera. After about an hour, we arrived and after asking around, figured out that I needed to take the Metro to get to the Louvre. I used to hate taking public transportation but I’ve grown to embrace it. Now, I actually look forward to using them as most of the time it is the quickest and most expensive way to city the city. A quick 10 minute ride and once I exited the Metro, I saw this.
I walked some more and eventually found the entrance. Since I had limited time in the city and the lines were long, I figured that I should just save going inside for another visit.
After a quick snack at a Japanese resto outside the Louvre (I know, pretty random), I took the Metro and headed over to see the Eiffel Tower.
Same with the Louvre, there was a long line to try and get up the tower. I tried to get tickets online in advance but the tickets were already sold out over a month out!
There was a bunch of shops lined up in the foot of the tower and I decided to check it out.
Grabbed a quick snack before heading back to the Roissybus.
Took the Metro and got back to Paris Opera where I bought a return trip to the airport for 10 euros. I highly recommend using the Roissybus as it is a quick and inexpensive way to get into the center of Paris. Once there, the metro system is very comprehensive and will take you almost anywhere.
Got a glimpse of the Academie National De Musique before boarding the bus.
Got some much needed sleep in the bus and soon enough, I was at the airport. After security, settled in the CDG Air France lounge.
Soon enough it was time to board. All in all, it was a great 3 weeks experiencing the sights and sounds of Europe! This trip was fairly inexpensive as I took advantage of stopovers to see more cities in one plane ticket. A tip to inexperienced travelers, most of the time, you can add additional destinations especially stopovers of less than 24 hours and tickets will usually price out the same!
Can’t wait for the next Euro trip with Rac!