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Old 08.04.2011, 18:43
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And as they come to the final straight, weejeem makes a late burst to become geek of the week.

If I also mentioned that on the day of France's "famous" Storming Of The Bastille, there weren't actually any political prisoners in there at the time, or that the novelist Guy de Maupassant used to have lunch regularly in the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant because he said that that was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see the "disgusting structure", would that clinch the title for me?
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Old 08.04.2011, 19:16
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If I also mentioned that on the day of France's "famous" Storming Of The Bastille, there weren't actually any political prisoners in there at the time, or that the novelist Guy de Maupassant used to have lunch regularly in the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant because he said that that was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see the "disgusting structure", would that clinch the title for me?
Hehe. During my time in Paris I had a couple of friends over from the UK for a week. One of them was doing a degree in French history (specialising in only a hundred years or so), and she took us on some rather interesting tours, providing a very comprehensive narration.

The end of my road was where Orsini threw his bombs, leading to the French accusing the English of supplying arms to terrorists We also found the chapel, not so far away from that, which was Marie Antoinette's final resting place.

P.S. I don't recommend the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant in winter. When I visited it was so cold that my soup cooled before I could finish it.
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Old 08.04.2011, 19:30
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

How about CDG's signs in French, German and Japanese.... but no English!
Laughable airport and the aberrant chauvinists that design these things.
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Old 08.04.2011, 21:09
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

i generally dont like travelling by air, only if i have to like visiting family in saudi arabia.

i would like to try business class though......just need to save enough money.
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Old 08.04.2011, 21:29
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

Heathrow is the one in europe as my vote, for the worst globally must be luanda airport 1989 I dont even want to tell you it was that bad.
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Old 08.04.2011, 22:17
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

Every single time I passed through one of the airports of Paris, something has been wrong: stuff stolen from my (locked!) luggage - usually with the luggage damaged to get in if necessary, brand new suitcase broken, suitcase gone missing, missed flights because building works in the airport made getting from A to B sensibly impossibly - I just don't use the airports in Paris any more if it can be avoided.
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Old 09.04.2011, 14:08
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Transferring through Barcelona on the way to La Palma was a bit of a nightmare, you could see where you needed to go via all the glass walls, but it was another thing trying to actually get there.
I like Barcelona's airport actually but would agree that there are some poor markings, particularly for transit passengers...I ended up crossing through the wrong section on my last transit there and had problems backtracking...Not well marked, IMO
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

Agrred, not just the airport but also the airlines. Last year we had taken a direct flight from Zurich to Paris with air franceand and they managed to loose or luggage. Funny part is we paid 234CHF for two tickets (to and fro) and they paid me 300 euros for delyed baggage:-)
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Funny part is we paid 234CHF for two tickets (to and fro) and they paid me 300 euros for delyed baggage:-)
That's not so bad, is it? Try the same with Ryanair or Easyjet and see how this goes ;-)
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

as an aviation enthusiast and for someone who has had an interest in aviation from a very early age, i can tell you that heathrow is probably the safest airport to travel from. im almost 25 now
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Old 09.04.2011, 17:40
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as an aviation enthusiast and for someone who has had an interest in aviation from a very early age, i can tell you that heathrow is probably the safest airport to travel from. im almost 25 now
In what way? Security? Aircraft maintenance? Air traffic / ground control?
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Old 09.04.2011, 19:49
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

I do agree about CDG being one of the worst in Europe (Rome's FCO & London besides T5 would have to vie for second place).

I used to escort groups when there was just Terminal 1. On my first arrival I was told it had futuristic walkways (jog-ways would be more appropriate-some of the elderly in my group had a tough time keeping up & almost fell).

With that shape & colouful architecture, I felt this would be what the Roman Colosseum would look like after another 2000 years.

Finding the coach for the group was another story - Eurodisney's rides are less exhausting, and if you forgot the gate number, you'd probably meet up with your group the next day.

Then a new age dawned: the other terminals were opened up. They get you there, sans your baggage. There are only 2 staff who speak English (at the information desk outside, but heaven help you if you sound flustered or a wee bit aggressive after going through all that. I had one of them pretending she did not understand what I said, and kept asked me "Do you speak English?"

Coaches at the new terminals are an even greater enigma - the driver's definitely there but no one know where he is (possibly neither does he).

I think Changi is the undoubtedly the best airport in the world.
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Old 09.04.2011, 20:27
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

Looking foward to the experience as we're going to Paris on our 10 year anniversary and it turns out it's a lot cheaper to fly out of Milan (sleazyJet) that it is to take the train from Lugano to Paris.
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Old 09.04.2011, 22:12
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

We just came back from Paris.

Planned to stay FR-SU, while walking today through Paris we had enough after like 6 hours and booked a flight back, no matter the cost.

I have been there like 17 years ago, today I felt like I was not really in Europe, Gare du Nord was really frightening.

I dont want to even mention the decay in certain areas, unbelievable.

You try to pay the tickets to the Airport for 17,40€, but you cant pay with bills. Coins only. 17,40€ with coins only, should I always carry as a tourist a glass of 2€coins?

Didnt take my CC either.

But the Airport, oh my, you arrive at Terminal 3

(after we took a shuttle bus from end of B5 line which was overloaded with people, because "heavy engineering" took place with B3 line until tomorrow).

Sadly, this past week when we booked the ticket with Air Farce, not a single information in any of the emails.

Arrived at Terminal 3, went to the information, "where is the Swiss and Air France Ticket counter, madam?" "Oh I dont know about Swiss (why should you, it just says Information), but Air France, I think Terminal 2."

Found the information then outside on a list with Flight carriers, it seemed to be more productive than the broad working at information.

Instead of putting Terminal 1 and 2 in a row after 3, so you dont have to travel back and forth... But hey its fun to stop also at the parkings inbetween.

Arrived at Terminal 2, 30 minutes to book two tickets to Zurich, in fact just re-book, so no entering of names bla bla bla, but anyway, seemed complicated for the agent.

Got the tickets.

Went to the other end of Terminal 2, to grab a bite. Back to Exit 4 to get Shuttle to 2G.

Oh wait, I have to pee, what a surprise, back to the other end again where we just returned from eating.

Shuttle arrives, while we drive to what seemed to me the furthest terminal, 2G, I thought, why is an adjacent country like Switzerland at the furthest Terminal?

In 28 hours we shelled out more than 1200CHF for the most horrible trip in the past years

Oh and not to mention the wonderful hotel that was rated real good by HRS, a pile of shit north of Gare du Nord.

That was our trip for the 6-months anniversary since being married, never again that destination until a lot changes, which I doubt.

Not to forget that I think I have an Angina since yesterday evening, which made the flight a real PITA.

I would never ever have thought until today that landing after a flight from Paris in Zurich I would get a feeling to be back in a civilised place, as harsh as it may sound.

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Old 10.04.2011, 10:11
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Re: The worst airport(s) in Europe

CDG is awful. After traveling intercontinentally for twelve years, I got very lost on CDG and had a very hard time even locating people who could help me. It is very frustrating, and transfers take forever.
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I have been there like 17 years ago, today I felt like I was not really in Europe, Gare du Nord was really frightening.
It is a great place to practise your survival skills. Lots of dark corridors filled with guys who look like they have never heard of soap or washing machines.
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Old 03.05.2011, 11:00
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It is a great place to practise your survival skills. Lots of dark corridors filled with guys who look like they have never heard of soap or washing machines.
I don't think you should talk about the typical French Parisian male like that...
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