Paris In-Flight Catering and Travel TipsSeptember 16, 2014 by Jean-Claude Tissot
Paris is a magical city world-renown for cuisine, fashion, art and architecture. While visiting Paris, you will be presented with endless opportunities to experience exactly why this city has such a great reputation across the globe.
Since Paris is a city of global importance, it also sees a high-volume of private jet traffic. Serving the private aircraft operating to and from Paris are Le Bourget Airport (LFPB), Orly Airport (LFPO) and Charles de Gaulle Airport (LFPG). Not only is Paris a high-volume air traffic location in general, the peak season is June, July, August and December. Be sure to bear this in mind when placing in-flight catering orders during peak months.
The Eiffel Tower typically tops the list of things to see for first-time visitors to Paris. It was erected on the south left bank of the Seine River in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition and Centennial of the French Revolution. While the architect was Stephen Sauvestre, the tower it named after its contractor, Gustave Eiffel. Measuring at 300.51 meters, visibility on a clear day can be as far as 67 kilometers (42 miles).
High fashion is synonymous with Paris, and annual fashion shows here draw crowds from every corner of the earth. Haute Couture is a week-long fashion show held every January and July, featuring names like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. Prêt à Porter (translates to “ready to wear”) is held for one week in March and September/October with designers such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. Mode Masculine takes place for five days every January and June. There you will find fashion from Kolor, Kenzo, Paul Smith and many more.
If you are visiting Paris for the first time and would like a relaxing tour, reserve your spot with Bateaux-Mouches. They have cruise boats available during the daytime and evening that will take you by several points of interest, including the Louvre Museum, Palais Bourbon and Notre Dame.
The Tour de France is the world’s oldest cycling races. This prestigious event takes place every July and finishes with the arrival on the Champs-Elysées. If you are in Paris during July, be sure to check the Tour de France schedule so you can be part of the excitement. If you have a day to yourself while on the ground, Disneyland Paris is a great choice. Be sure to check their website since park hours vary.
Paris is home to several museums, the most famous being the Louvre Museum, which is the most visited museum in the world. Orsay Museum is the top museum in the world for anyone interested in impressionist and post-impressionist art. Here you will find masterpieces from Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir and their peers. Grand Palais is another of the great museums in Paris, home to sculptor Anish Kapoor’s mammoth creation entitled “Leviathan.” Centre Georges Pompidou is not only a museum, but also a cultural center including music and literature. Be sure to check the museum schedule before planning your day since some museums are not open year-round, and some have weekdays that they are closed.
Being the culinary epicenter that it is, Paris is full of wonderful restaurants. Here are some suggestions on restaurants to try while in Paris:
- The Jules Verne Restaurant – on the top of the Eiffel Tower
- Le Grand Véfour – 17 Rue de Beaujolais
- Maxim’s – 3 Rue Royale
- Restaurant Guy Savoy – 18 Rue Troyon
- Pierre Gagnaire – 6 Rue Balzac
- Ladurée – 21 Rue Bonaparte
When it is time to retire for the night, again you will not be disappointed by what Paris has to offer! Some suggestions for accommodations include The Bristol, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Shangri-la Hotel Paris, Peninsula Paris, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris and Hotel Plaza Athénée. If you love luxury and refinement, immerse yourself in the “City of Lights” and you will never forget those magical moments.
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