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Quick Trips Across The Pond-Well Worth It

30 Aug

Photo by Benet J. Wilson

Budget Travel magazine last week did an interesting poll: Are quick trips abroad worth the travel time?  Having done many of them myself, I say yes, wholeheartedly.

Having worked for 2 airlines and being friends with those still working for different carriers, these little 1 to 3-day trips are just the tonic I needed for a change of scenery.

Me, clinging to the side of the Eiffel Tower skating rink

Back on Dec. 18, 2004, I heard a story on NPR describing how an ice skating rink had been built on the second level of the Eiffel Tower.  One of the people they interviewed mentioned that he made the trip over the weekend, because he was an airline employee.

At the time, I was working for Delta Air Lines, and my friend Stevie was working at US Airways, so we decided to leave Friday night and come back Sunday afternoon.  Paris was unusually warm for January, and we had a grand time ice skating.

Continental Airlines Boeing 737 Lands at St. Martin Photo by Benet J. Wilson

Later in the month, we had an unusual cold snap in Atlanta, which led to me and Stevie, along with some other airline geek friends, to fly down to St. Martin overnight.  The trip was so quick I didn’t even have to pay the departure tax.

We hung out at the Sunset Beach Bar for some truly amazing planespotting and I even managed to get a bit of color.  The bar is right across the street from the airport.  If you’re an airplane enthusiast like me, this place is Shangri-La, because the planes literally are less that 20 feet above the beach when they land. And when they take off, the freaks are usually hanging horizontally on the fence or across the street on the beach, all to catch the jet wash.

You haven’t *lived* until you’ve stood on the beach as an Air France Airbus A340 takes off. Brings a whole new meaning to the word exfoliant!!

So I throw the question to you — have you done quick international trips? Where? And why?

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