One of the benefits of solo travel is that you can do what you want, as long as it is a) legal and b) something you can afford. And nothing says “sane person” like getting up at the crack of dawn while on vacation in Paris, taking a cab to Orly Airport, being the first person through security (woh!) and barely awake, in order to catch the 8:10 to London City Airport just because you want to fly the Avro RJ85.
A day in London is never boring. The British Museum was calling my name, and I spent a lot of time perusing the Mesopotamian exhibition completely by myself while the visiting school children made the Egyptian galleries a living hell for everybody else. I knew my love of ancient Middle Eastern history would pay off some day.
Then on to M&S to buy lots of tea (their Earl Grey is wonderful) and mince pies, because it was december. I even brought back a British croissant from Harrods, half expecting it to be confiscated by French customs.
At 6.10 pm it was time to fly back to Paris – also on an Avro, of course. Namely EI-RJW. Sadly, CityJet is no longer flying from Paris Orly to London City, so I can’t repeat this little adventure on my next trip. CityJet do, however, fly an Avro RJ85 from Copenhagen Airport right now, and the lucky bird is no other than EI-RJW. They’re operating some flights for SAS and this little Avroplane has been stationed in Copenhagen since May 13th.
I feel like buying a ticket.