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We just arrived. It's dark already, so we cooked a simple dinner and are going to bed.

The first leg of the flight, from Seattle to London (9 hours), was a breeze. E slept the entire flight (we count ourselves very lucky that he sleeps on flights) and both of us got to sleep several long stretches as well. I had compared the biz class features of all the airlines we could cash-in miles with and determined that British was the best. Several things were especially nice:

  • they had a mini-crib for E, so he was super comfortable and, as an added benefit (if that wasn't enough), he was out of our way,
  • our seats reclined completely flat (into sleepers). It has to be said that this is a wonderful thing. The extra 10-15 degrees makes all the difference,
  • the cabin temperature was perfect. I'm usually shivering on flights and the blankets seem a couple inches too short to keep warm, and
  • the staff was super friendly, though that may have been because I was one of the 11 lucky passengers to be selected to fill out a satisfaction survey. which I kept prominently displayed ;-).

The second leg didn't go as well. The flight crew couldn't help themselves from using the PA system and we were stuck under an overly-loud & scratchy speaker. Everytime they spoke, E got startled and woke up. To make matters worse, when we asked the stewardess to store E's baby milk, she left it on a counter and another stewardess picked it up and heated it instead, rendering it unusable after a short time.

By the time we got to the apartment, it was dark. As expected, the apartment is tiny. Even tinier than the pictures suggest, if you can believe that. In fact, I'm convinced that one of the pictures was taken from the outside. It's so small that it feels more like we're living in a hallway. ;-) C'est la vie. At least the place is clean and well kept. We can't wait to explore tomorrow. There are tons of little shops and restaurants in all directions, the river is just a block away, and lots of people strolling about.

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  1. Maria Corvalan on January 30, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.

    I was wondering if you've seen the size of a crib in France. The apartment we rented says it has a crib but I'm not sure if this is a Pack N Play or a full size crib. I want to know because I'd like to take extra linens.

  2. Debbie on January 30, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.


    It really varies from property to property - you would have to send email to the apartment management company and ask.