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Où allez-vous? These are the words you will be hearing from your blue-jacketed SuperShuttle driver when he arrives to pick you up at any of the Paris airports for the trip into the city. That's rightSupershuttle, the shared bus airport transport company, has just opened their first international location, giving you some options for getting between Paris' center and its Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports.
Today in the Sky fills us in that average per-person rates for the trip between Paris and CDG is 27 Euros ($40) and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
We actually frequently opt to take SuperShuttles to the airport, but warn that being picked up from the airport by them is very iffy and not once have we had a successful pick-up. Once, after a 13+hour flight back from Hong Kong, we spent an hour and a half on the curb at JFK while we waited for our SuperShuttle ride, despite having made reservations online. Oh, there were plenty SuperShuttle drivers there hanging out, it's just none of them had our name on their roster. Moral of the story? Always program SuperShuttle's phone number into your mobile, which was the only thing that eventually saved us.
· Airport Check-in: SuperShuttle launches first international branch [Today in the Sky]
· On the Road Again: How To Reach Paris-Charles de Gaulle [Jaunted]
· Airport transportation coverage [Jaunted]
Over the weekend, Justin Timberlake was spotted arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, rolling his own Louis Vuitton bag and being escorted by an armed guard, presumably to keep away screaming teenage girls.
Last night, Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also spotted with a guard in the Paris airport, only this guard wasn't trying to protect Meyers, he was trying to protect the general public. Apparently, the "Tudor" was on a bit of a bender as he threw money on the floor and drunkenly bragged about his wealth. He reportedly told the officers, "You wanna hit me? Hit me!"
We wonder if he was upset about the new baggage fees, which seem even worse now that there is a resolution in the House of Representatives to have the TSA take control of the size of carry-on bags. If passed, instead of each airline being responsible for screening the size of each passenger's bag, the TSA will presumably screen bags as people are going through the metal detectors.
This is supposed to insure a uniform standard for the size of all carry-on luggage, but will also mean your only choices in the airport will be to go through one more bureaucratic step or be gouged by the airlines to check your luggage. Maybe its time to get to know the Amtrak schedule a bit better.
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Your flight has landed, you've claimed your luggage and now you're trying to get the hell out of the airport. To erase confusion and get your on your way, all week long at Jaunted we will be detailing the various ways to get to and from major airports, and what those modes cost, from cheapest to the big blowout entrance. Got any tips or an airport suggestion? Let us know.
· RER B-line Extraurban Train: Although the cheapest route into Paris proper, opting for the RER means quite a bit of slogging around with your luggage. First, know what terminal you'll be arriving into; if Terminal 1, you must take a green transport shuttle to the RER station there, and if Terminal 2, take a blue shuttle to the station where the TGV train also stops. In exchange for the run-around, your RER into the city gives you a whole host of jumping off chocies: Gare du Nord, Chatelet-les-Halles, Saint-Michel/Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port-Royal, and Denfert-Rochereau.
Total cost: €8.40 per adult or €5.90 per child, each way
Total time: 35 minutes to Gare du Nord
Not listening! Gisele Bundchen has done enough real-life photo shoots to know that she's being photographed constantly, which is why Tom Brady's girlfriend rocks the monochromatic look at Charles de Gaulle airport. And don't forget the shades!
Now that Brady's out for the season, we would have expected him and Bundchen to hole up and stay away from angry Pats fans. But she was recently spotted in Los Angeles with his son, who lives with Brady ex Bridget Moynahan... who probably called the cameramen on her ex-boyfriend's new fling.
We see the makings of a kooky romantic comedy here!
· Gisele Bundchen's Brazilian Airport Photo Shoot [Jaunted]
· Sex Sells Travel: Virgin America's In-Flight PJ Party [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Celeb Fashion Today]
We normally disregard all those handy stretching guides in the back of airport magazines, but moving around in the terminal can forestall the plane jitters. That's why we love the Aeroports de Paris plan to offer in-terminal dance lessons at Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports this summer.
Learn anything from tango to twist on your layover this month before the program ends on August 17. Visit Gate 17 at Orly South, Gate 40 at Orly West and Gate E51 (Terminal 2E) at Charles de Gaulle to show 'em your best moves.
· Flying to Cuba? Paris Airports Can Teach You Salsa [AP]
· Dansez à l'Aéroport! [Official Site, in French]
· Dance Dance! At Dance Valley [Jaunted]
· The Beach Volleyball Scene at Munich Airport [Jaunted]
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Good God. And we thought our friends overpacked. Paris Hilton doesn't fool around, it seems, when she's in her namesake city. TMZ counted 15 bags curbside at Paris Charles de Gaulle International, which is, give or take, 14 more than we usually carry.
Paris herself was dressed way down for the flight. (Maybe channeling JT?) But we give her credit for keeping up on the writers' strike with a copy of Variety in her carryon. Is she as nervous as we are that new episodes of Gossip Girl could be but a dream?
[Photo: Faded Youth Blog]