Layover Life: Paris, France

C’est la vie, mon chéri; I finally made it to Paris, France!

When I was in highschool, a few of my classmates had the opportunity to visit the “city of love”. Unfortunately, I was unable to join them and have longed to visit Paris ever since. This week, I was finally given that opportunity and had an amazing time with the crew.

We touched down in the evening and opted to eat dinner together at the hotel before resting for the evening. A few of us decided to leave the hotel, but because of our later arrival time, I wanted to ensure that I was well rested for the adventures to come. I really enjoy when the Cabin Crew get’s together for dinner, because we get to know each other outside of our uniforms!

Following a good night’s sleep, a few of us caught the train from the airport to the city- a trip that took us about an hour. It wasn’t too difficult to navigate the metro, and the people were very helpful when it came to asking for directions. A word of caution though- be sure to watch your bags while travelling in Europe. We had a bit of a scare while in transit! Although everything turned out alright, this incident could have been prevented. Keep your bags close to you, and sealed!

The first attraction on our list was the Eiffel Tower. As you can imagine, it was very busy and we weren’t able to make it to the top. We still managed to pause for some pictures and ventured to the Jardins du Trocadéro where we got a perfect view of the landscape. This is where tons of tourist come to snap pictures.

From there, we travelled to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my favourite movies, so you can imagine how excited I was to be there! Due to time restrictions, we couldn’t go into the Cathedral and had to head back to the hotel shortly after.

If you go: There is a lot to do in Paris, France. My advice to you if you go is to plan your trip accordingly. I’ve said this before, but I try not to plan ahead for my layovers because I like the element of surprise. However, because Cabin Crew only spend about 24 hours here at a time, I regret not picking a specific attraction to spend the day at.

Next Stop: Doha, Qatar (turnaround x2) followed by Brisbane, Australia!

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Oslo, Norway

This was by far the coolest place I have ever visited. Norway has been on my bucket list since I was a kid, and it was everything I thought it would be!

We landed around noon and without a second to spare, jumped on the train to Frognerseteren Restaurant. This is a common place for Cabin Crew to hang out and take in the sights and sounds of Norway, while enjoying a pint or two. Although it’s called Frognerseteren Restaurant, there are actually two places to eat there: Cafe Seterstua and Restaurant Finstua.

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Views from Frognerseteren Restaurant. Wherever I go, I carry my country’s flag with pride!

After grabbing a bite to eat and snapping a few pictures, we continued on our way. We hopped back on the train and into the city. There is a lot to see in downtown Oslo, so we took our time walking through Karl Johans Gate. This is a really busy street popular among tourists because of its shops, restaurants and attractions.

We walked from the railway station (Jernbanetorget) to the Royal Castle, then down to the Rådhusbrygga Ferry Terminal. The ferry boats from Rådhusbrygge take you to the islands of the inner Oslo Fjord, so we decided to hop on one as the sun began to set. Instead of getting off on one of the islands, we stayed on to take in the views. It made for some picture perfect memories and was a great way to end our busy day!

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Oslo, Norway is my new favourite destination. I hope to be back soon!

If you go: Oslo is gorgeous and there is a lot to do. Make sure you give yourself a few days when visiting, because 24 hours isn’t enough time!

Next stop: Los Angeles, U.S.A!!

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: New York, U.S.A

Ahhh New York. The city that never sleeps! This is my fourth time visiting, and I have to agree with the famous statement “if you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault”. There is always something to do here!

This time around I was blessed with a 42 hour layover. I had a few errands to run, but other than that I was really set on seeing the city.

When we landed, I headed straight for Times Square. Even though the crew made it to our hotel downtown around 11pm at night, the stores I needed to visit were open until 1am.

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Having a laugh on one of the Statue Cruises!

The following day, I met with two other Cabin Crew to tour the city. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been to NYC a few times, but never did a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour. Needless to say it was worth it.

We went all around Manhattan and through downtown Brooklyn, hitting up: the Downtown Loop, Times Square North, Times Square 42, Empire State Building, Korea Town, Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village/NYC, NOHO, SOHO/Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Center/City Hall, Battery Park – State Street, Battery Park – Battery Place, High Line and Madison Square Garden. We even jumped on one of the Statue Cruises boats to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty.

For dinner, we stopped at one of my favourite restaurants, the Hardrock Cafe in Times Square. It may be a huge tourist trap, but the food and the atmosphere is incredible!

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Cruising under the Brooklyn Bridge!

If you go: Brace yourself, the traffic is always bad in the city! New York uses a gridlock system, so when you are bumper to bumper, you better hope your tour guide is a good one with a lot of information to share!

Next Stop: Oslo, Norway.

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Rome, Italy

We’ve all heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Having walked around the city for hours, I can finally attest to that.

Embedded in centuries of history and culture, Rome has an ambience like no other. The architecture is unmatchable in comparison to any place I’ve been so far, and everything from the food to the kindness of the people was greater than I could have imagined.

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An outside look at the Pantheon; a word which means “temple of every god”

We arrived in Rome on the A380 in the mid-afternoon. Upon discovering that there was no wifi at the hotel (a crew’s worst nightmare), the decision was made to catch the hotel shuttle downtown for a late lunch. Approximately 15 of us showed up- which is the largest amount of people I’ve seen get together on a layover. Although some of us went our separate ways when we arrived in the city, I was happy to see everyone out of their rooms!

We visited the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia and a few local restaurants along the way. There is a lot to do in Rome, so we decided to hop from place to place (starting at the Piazza Venezia) until we decided to call it a day.

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Having a laugh while walking through the streets of Rome, Italy

If you go: Plan ahead. I rarely say this because I love adventure, but as I said, there is a lot to do in Rome. You have to pick and choose based on the duration of your stay!

Next Stop: New York, U.S.A

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

 

 

July Roster

This month I’ll be travelling to:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • New York, USA
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Manchester, UK
  • Oslo, Norway 
  • Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)
  • Manama, Bahrain (turnaround)

That means I’ll be visiting three new destinations; Johannesburg, Dusseldorf and Oslo!

I’m looking forward to visiting Norway the most, because from what I’ve heard, it’s very similar to Canada. It’s also been on my bucket list since I was twelve and visited the Norway pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Orlando, Florida. I thought the viking ships that were a part of the exhibit at the time were the coolest thing, as well as the trolls on display and the fairy tails that were being shared.

Needless to say, this next month is going to be an adventure and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Washington D.C.

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. again! Having already been once, I had an idea of where I wanted to go straight away.

As soon as we checked into the hotel, a group of us decided to get ready and head downtown straight away. It’s very rare to get crew like this out together because most of us like to rest right after a flight. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

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An American flag flies at half mast to honour the victims of the recent attack in Orlando, Florida.

The first place we visited downtown was the Lincoln Memorial. From there, we walked to the National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and down to The White House. Thankfully, all of these places are relatively close to one another, so we were able to visit the entire area in just a few hours.

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The best crew wearing matching USA t-shirts in front of The White House. It’s what the cool people do, right?

After walking around all day, we decided to grab some food a local pub before catching the metro back to our hotel. There is a nice shopping mall where we stay, so you can guess where we ended up for the rest of the day!

If you go: It’s always busy in the summer. Try to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL). It was my first time visiting the country and I have nothing but great things to say about it!

When the crew and I arrived at our hotel, some of us decided to venture to the night street food market for a quick dinner. I’ve never eaten in this type of setting before, so that in itself was a really cool experience. Restaurants were lined up along the street, with tables in chairs placed on the side of the road. This is apparently common in Asia, but it was my first time seeing anything like it!

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Night street food market in Kuala Lumpur

Following dinner, a few of us went out to explore the nightlife. We ended up at a bar called Beach Club Cafe. It’s a very popular place for airline crew to visit, and we had a great time.

Even after a long flight and late night out, some of us still managed to get up early the next day to do some sightseeing. We visited the Batu Caves, Templer Park and took a quick look at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Batu Caves is a limestone hill composed of 18 caves, multiple temples and 272 steps. It contains the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and has the world’s tallest statue of Hindu diety Murugan. The site is also known for its macaques (monkeys). As entertaining as it is to watch them, they can pose a biting hazard to tourists because of their territorial nature.

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A macaque on the steps of the Batu Caves

Templer Park is about a 15 minute taxi ride away from the Batu Caves. It is a forest reserve consisting of multiple waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. We only stayed for an hour because our driver was kind enough to wait for us, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to before heading back to the city.

Following our excursion, we stopped to take some pictures at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers across the globe. Although we didn’t have time to go inside, seeing them up close and in person was amazing.

The rest of my time in KL was spent by the pool, while some of my colleagues went to check out the local malls. There is a lot to do in this city, but I still wanted to save some stuff to do for next time. Hopefully that time comes sooner rather than later!

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One of the best parts of my job, relaxing at the hotel pool

If you go: The Batu Caves are always busy, but we avoided the crowds by going during the week, around 9:00AM. Templer Park wasn’t that busy either. We were there from 10:30AM-11:30AM and were some of the only people in the park.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.

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Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.