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Postby rufio89 » Tue May 19, 2009 1:26 pm

Hello!

I am back from my weekend in Paris and thought you guys might like to hear about it! (Lucky you!)

NIGHTMARE before we left. We flew Ryanair so I said we'd do online check-in. Stupidly I left this until the night before we left, and yep, surprise surprise my printer decided not to work. I was getting really stressed about it, but my housemate said "no dont worry, if you go to the airport they can print off your boarding card for you, dont worry, I've done it before". I was sceptical, but my boyfriend convinced me that it would be fine and we should do that.

So we went to airport in the morning, went to the desk and they said "we can reissue your boarding card, but it'll be £20 each". So we went away, to think about what to do (we only paid £15 each return for the flights in the first place). Both our parents live quite nearby, so we called my Dad to ask him the huge favour of printing off our cards for us and bringing them to the airport, but by the time he'd got the computer working etc he thought there wouldnt be enough time to get to the airport. So we sat for a few minutes, and then my boyfriend thought "well my parents live nearer, so we'll call my dad". So we called HIS dad, he got his computer on, went into my emails to get the details, printed them off and said "right, I'll be there in less than 20 minutes". So we went and sat outside, panicking, and after a few minutes we decided that actually, we should just go and pay, it wasnt worth the stress, so we tried to call him to tell him not to bother but he didnt have his phone on, so we didnt really have any choice other than to wait for him. He got there with about 10 minutes before we had to be at the departure gate, so we ran across the airport, to the departure gate, and he looked at them and said "hmmm, sorry these are for the return journey", and sure enough, his Dad had printed off the ones for Paris-East Midlands.

So we ran back across to the Ryanair desk, got there, and there was a few people in front of us, so my boyfriend asked the woman in front if we could cut in as we had to get our flight in a few minutes, and she said ok but the guy at the desk said "what flight are you getting?" and we said, and he said "sorry, too late". So I stood and cried for a few minutes, while my boyfriend tried to calm me down, ( :oops: ) and when the queue had gone, he went back to the desk and said "look is there nothing you can do"

so he looked on the system and at the time a few times and eventually printed off our boarding cards for us (in return for the £40 fee we had originally tried to avoid paying), and ran across the airport, rushed through the gates etc and got to our boarding gate as the last few people were going through.


But we got to Paris ok, got the coach into the centre and wandered off from the coach station. I looked in my bag for my guidebook but realised I couldnt find my passport. So panick again, we had to run back to the coach station, but fortunatley the driver had it, and was taking it to the lost property office. PHEW.

So we wandered around a little market nearby, then we walked to the Arc de Triomph and climbed the 5billion steps to the top, it was lovely, really nice view. We then had a stroll along the Champs Elysees and went and got some lunch. By this time it was about 3.30 and we got the metro to montmarte, and went and looked at the Sacre Couer, and then to the Moulin Rouge. Then it was about 6.30 and we were really tired, so we went back to his Uncles house (where we were staying), so we showered/changed etc, talked to his family, and had dinner. About 9-ish, his uncle and aunt took us for a nighttime drive around Paris, which was loooveeely :) We went and looked at the eiffel tower with all its lights on. Then we went home and went to bed.

Sunday morning we got up early, had croissants for breakfast ( :) ), and went to the eiffel tower. We queued up for about half an hour and went straight to the top (ohhh my god it's so high). We looked around there, look lots of photos etc, then went to the Notre Dame, and then just wandered around for a bit, looked in some pet shops lol.

Then we went back to his uncles, and he tried to give us wine to take home (he wrapped them and up and left them on our bed, and insisted we take them, in the end (after much protesting) we agreed, but then realised we only had hand luggage and so wouldnt be able to take it through customs).

Then we went to bed, and got up monday morning to go home :( booooooo


but now I'm back to PP but feeling very poorly :( :(
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Re: Paris...

Postby RagDoll » Tue May 19, 2009 1:43 pm

This post so should have had the Benny Hill song accompanying it, lol.

Glad you had a nice time when you finally got there though :)
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Re: Paris...

Postby captainf » Tue May 19, 2009 2:13 pm

haha I love you airline passengers, always a funny lot. :lol:

Never delay checking in, always keep in mind to give yourself some give and take for possible problems!

Gotta love Ryanair's additional charges... not! Mr O'Leary has alot of stealth costs in addition to the normal charge.. you should of flown with EasyJet or BMIbaby from NEMA. I also believe Ryanair has a charge for checking in online, but is or will be doing away with airport check in desks literally giving you no option. I believe they also plan to make you pay to use the toilet onboard soon too...Oh and one of their air hostesses is a porn actress too.. Take it from a trainee pilot, ryanair is a joke and avoid them if you can.

Glad you had a good time in Paris though.
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Re: Paris...

Postby rufio89 » Tue May 19, 2009 2:23 pm

We just flew ryanair because it was so cheap... it worked out £30 between the 2 of us (although it turned out to be £70 grrr)

but yeah, charges for everything, peeeeees me off!


lol well we didnt need to check in that's why we werent in such a hurry, we did the online check in so we didnt need to get there so early and it would have been fine without stupid printers grrrr lol.

but yeah, ryanair are rubbish. REALLY bumpy landing as well, there was a lot of "what the f***"-ing on landing.
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Re: Paris...

Postby RagDoll » Tue May 19, 2009 2:26 pm

Yeh, from what you've said it would have all been ok if you'd printed out your boarding cards at home. I've done that before and it's been fine. They usually get you by adding costs on for your luggage and reserving your seat.
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Re: Paris...

Postby captainf » Tue May 19, 2009 3:42 pm

Bad idea to criticise the landing, thats nothing to do with the airline.
You have no idea how many factors come in to landing an aircraft. I myself have made some very smooth landings and some very bumpy ones. Alot of the bumpy ones are down to the weather conditions (which isnt the airline nor pilots fault) Strong cross wind, sudden gust or windshear.. even wake turb from the aircraft landing or departing before you could of caused the bumpy landing.

Sometimes if passengers are late the Captain can make the decision to wait for them, but most probably wont. The reason why is it stuffs up the flight plan - the plane needs to be at waypoints at certain times (accuracy to the minute) and thats why sometimes they dont wait for late comers.

For check in, you still checked in, but just not at the airport. Ryanair are getting rid of their check in desks at airports apparently and will charge passengers to check in online. I think Mr O'Leary is signing his own death certificate.
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Re: Paris...

Postby rufio89 » Tue May 19, 2009 4:06 pm

yeah at the moment you have to pay to check in at the airport. I think it was £3

then you pay £7 to have luggage, blah blah blah. It's all lots of "secret" charges. Very annoying. but we didnt have hand luggage so it was ok.
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Re: Paris...

Postby captainf » Tue May 19, 2009 10:48 pm

Indeed. Ryanair have alot of hidden additional charges. Look up ryanair on the net..all the people in the know complain about them.. even the trainee and qualified pilots, and to be fair, that says something.
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Re: Paris...

Postby Weasley » Wed May 20, 2009 9:36 am

I hate Ryanair! Grrrrrrrrr!
I flew with them last year to Spain. My dad had checked in our baggage online...paid for and everything. Came to check the bags in at the airport and the clerk said "We can see you have paid for you extra bag sir, but there is an error with the computer and it's not showing up, so you will have to pay for it again now and request a refund when you get back to the UK." So my dad had to pay not only about £16 for the extra bag as he had done online, but about double. And he hasn't requested his refund as it's soooooo much hassel with Ryanair. They may be cheap, but you get what you pay for. I also have a deep rooted concern that the plane will fall apart because the fairs are so cheap and they can't afford proper planes and safety checks (but that is probably just my insane fear of flying.)
I like flying with Virgin Atlantic. They always make you feel comfortable. I experienced some BAD turbulence one on my way back from the states and I had 2 flight attendents looking after me, feeding me Pimms and Lemonade trying to calm me down. I was also told that the turbulence we were experiencing was "mild" turbulence and that turbulence comes in stages. I hate to think what severe turbulence was like! They tried their hardest to calm me down, but it didn't really work...
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Re: Paris...

Postby spacegirl » Wed May 20, 2009 1:09 pm

god i hate ryanair! they're such liars as well! flight to paris (ahem we mean beauvais 1h30 outside paris) flight to brussels (ahem we mean Charleroi, 1h30 outside brussels) flight to toulouse (ahem we mean carcassonne 1h30 outside toulouse)... not to mention the staff who practically spit at you when you have the misfortune to come into contact with them.. and oh the jingle before and after the flight.... i avoid them when i can that michael o'leary one's a chancer


i hope you didn't let ryanair ruin your perception of paris, shame you didn't get the best weather last weekend but i hope you'd a brill time anyway :) i've a friend over this weekend so to the eiffel tower for me (for the 1000th time but it never gets less impressive)
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Re: Paris...

Postby captainf » Wed May 20, 2009 1:23 pm

Sounds like good old Ryanair ;)

I also have a deep rooted concern that the plane will fall apart because the fairs are so cheap and they can't afford proper planes and safety checks


Nah that wont happen. I addmit, their planes do alot of hours per day but they are also very very well looked after too. Infact, off the top of my head I can't recall them having engine failure and they've never written an aircraft off. If it makes you feel any better, the CAA set out very very strict guidelines that the maintainance facilities must abide by and failure to comply can lead to the company being shut down. Also Ryanair use the B737-800 which is one of the most modern type currently flying - infact, they took a few new ones on only a few months ago.

Virgin is who I want to fly for, so good choice ;)

I experienced some BAD turbulence one on my way back from the states and I had 2 flight attendents looking after me, feeding me Pimms and Lemonade trying to calm me down. I was also told that the turbulence we were experiencing was "mild" turbulence and that turbulence comes in stages. I hate to think what severe turbulence was like!


Dont worry, turbulence is okay really. I really like it. One of my times training in turbulence I was flying along and occasionally being lifted out of my seat abit.. haha. I think that being scared of turb is just a psychological thing really. The feeling in the tummy always over exagerates whats really happening. Its just where the aeroplane is moving through the unstable air. One of my first times training in turbulent conditions my instructor gave me a piece of advice, which was to just fly the plane and dont worry if the turb causes the plane to begin a slight turn, reason being he said was that if the wing drops right (starts turning right) it will be counteracted by then dropping left (start a turn to the left) after as the air is causing that to happen but this means the plane isnt going to turn upside down or drop out of the sky as that isnt possible, its just balanced out and eventually when the air calms down the plane will then return to a smoother flight. If I may, heres a link to a youtube video of a landing in turbulent and windy weather - you can see the stuff I explained happening followed by a very nice landing.. If I remember correctly that day winds were up at around 60 or 70mph gusts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAljM7Ca ... re=related
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Re: Paris...

Postby captainf » Wed May 20, 2009 1:26 pm

god i hate ryanair! they're such liars as well! flight to paris (ahem we mean beauvais 1h30 outside paris) flight to brussels (ahem we mean Charleroi, 1h30 outside brussels) flight to toulouse (ahem we mean carcassonne 1h30 outside toulouse)


Yes! Thats what we all joke about in the aviation industry. Recently Ryanair started flights to Birmingham and we all joked that abroad they probably market it as another London airport.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Paris...

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu May 21, 2009 4:02 pm

I'll read your post tomorrow but I did see you were complaining about Ryanair...one of the men I work with has just had a legal action against them; and he hates them!
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Re: Paris...

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri May 22, 2009 9:46 am

How did you find the airport in Paris? It was an absolute night mare for us. We flew easy jet and they wouldn't allow us to join the queue to check in until exactly 2 hours before the flight was due to go (we were there 2.5 hours before). There was 3 queues but they only let our flight use one queue. It took us about an hour and a half to reach the desk to check in and we were one of the first in the queue. They close the check in 30mins before. Anyway we ran through the airport and grabbed a sandwich and went to the departure gate where they announced the plane was 45mins late. They only announced it in the gate ONCE when there was hardly anyone there. Anyway people were still checking in until the last minute. Everyone was complaining because the plane should have been there (they didn't heard the announcement). People had ran to the gates; you can't get back out from the gates to get something to eat or to visit the toilets. When the plane finally got there; they weren't much more organised at letting us on the plane...some poor foreign woman in front of me in the queue showed them her passport with UK and Ireland Visa and they made a fuss that she didn't have the correct visa for England...the poor foreign woman was quite upset - the stupid passport checking woman FINALLY listened to the foreign woman saying the UK visa was the correct one.

The whole thing was terrible; it seems relatively tame writing it down there.

The bad thing was when we were going to Paris we were having huge gale force winds; we have an Emirates flight to Dubai and that plane is about twice the size of a normal plane - that took off and was shaking REALLY badly. They put an announcement out saying "Indefinately delayed" - we went to our information desk - not a person in sight; we waited ages with most of the flight who had seen the announcement. We then saw some Easy Jet staff and asked them and they said they know as much as us. So we had to wait in the departure lounge until there was an announcment; we'd phoned home and told home - stuff comes on the internet before it's advertised...my mam only saw "cancelled". 30mins later an announcement came out saying it was indefinately delayed. Normal flights resumed and all but 3 flights went; 2 by easy jet and one somewhere else...the one somewhere else had been 'delayed' for about 5 hours (they were delayed a further 3 or 4 hours). We watched all the normal flights go whilst ours was still "indefinately cancelled"; they put an announcment on the board that basically said "we have a slot; we are leaving in 10mins, go to the gate now"; so all in all we were delayed 2.5hours; we waited over an hour and a half for our luggage at the airport.

However the return journey was by far the worst.
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Re: Paris...

Postby rufio89 » Fri May 22, 2009 9:52 am

I didnt have the same experience as you! The airport was fine, we had to queue for about 20 minutes, then we just went straight through, flights on time etc, was all ok.

That sounds terrible for you though, I cant stand delayed flights it makes me really angry.

I missed a flight home once, that was horrible, we had to fly back the next day, I sat in the airport and cried.
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