We left Toronto on Air France to Paris on a 6 hour red eye flight. Every seat is equipped with a TV monitor with the latest new release movies as well as older ones. There is also a selection of video games to play or music to listen to. They will serve a dinner and a breakfast menu and if you have special dietary needs, they can accommodate them, as long as you make the request when booking your ticket. These meals are served to guests first. As this is an overnight flight, you are provided with a blanket and pillow to use during the flight and the eye mask they give you definitely helps if you want to sleep through the morning wake up lights.
Flying over France, you see pastoral farmlands before coming into Paris and seeing the low buildings clustering tightly up to the edges of the Seine. The airport is huge, on a scale that is hard to describe. With three terminals, the Charles de Gaulle Airport may seem overwhelming to think about as an Anglophone, if you haven’t been through it before. But there is no need to worry as all the signage is wonderful, and easy to follow. The terminals themselves are simply beautiful. They combine modern architecture with wide open spaces and sweeping arches of metal, and using old and worn, wood to make the space inviting instead of sterile.
Lets talk shopping! ALL of the major Parisian and high end stores are represented inside of the airport, so even if you failed to get to the flagships themselves, you can still purchase an authentic Hermes scarf from the satellite locations here. There is wine, cheese, chocolate, perfumes and purses; plus 100 other ways to spend your vacation dollars without ever leaving the airport.