Dublin Marathon 2013: Layover at CDG, The Louvre and iPass Lounge CDG

Layover at CDG, The Louvre and iPass Lounge CDG!

I managed to get out of work at 3pm. It was a bit hard as I had some last minute things to do and cleaning up the rest of my office as it was my last day. It was hard to walk out of there after 5 years. I worked with amazing people there in all sorts of functions. I will miss using working with other people to organize charity events.

I made it home just short of 4pm and left for the airport at 4:30 for my 6:45pm flight. The bus between South Station and the airport was very slow due to traffic in the tunnel between South Boston and East Boston. Next time, I may use the blue line for Friday afternoons. Traffic didn’t look go elsewhere in Boston as well.

During the long bus ride, I found an old friend from BU. She was my wife’s roommate and we chatted during the entire time. It was good catching up with her.


  • 6:05pm – Arrived at airport. Check-in attendant said it was in final boarding. Minor freakout but knew it was fine. (turned out it was only in Group 2).
  • 6:15pm – Got through Pre-check. Ran to the gate. Gate lice standing right by the gate agents scanning in people. The guy in front of me was pushing his way through as well. I would not have been so nice.
  • Plane took off on time. Got the beef fillet and managed to get about 3 hours of sleep. Managed to finish World War Z as the IFE was turned on before takeoff, which was awesome. Saw half of The Internship and fell asleep for the second half.
  • Wasted about two hours at CDG. An hour walking through the terminal, using some Wifi at the Sheraton and then taking the shuttle to Terminal 1.

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  • Wasted another 30 minutes trying to check into my Dublin flight too early. Wanted to check in bag so I didn’t have to carry it around. Needed to walk around Paris with all my bags.
  • Lockers at CDG but need 6 hour minimum. Can’t do that with my 6 hour layover.
  • Purchased a roundtrip ticket to Paris. Got off by the Louvre and walked around.

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  • Decided to go into the Louvre. Got in around 10:20am with no lines. Walked around for an hour before leaving to get a snack and go back to the airport for my 2:20pm flight (Separate post on the Louvre)

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  • Caught the train at Châtelet-Les-Halles. Nice shopping mall downstairs adjacent to the train station. The train I caught ran express directly to CDG, which saved about 20 minutes from my trip to the airport. Got to CDG around 1pm and luckily the check-in line wasn’t too long. I got through immigration around 1:20.

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  • Quick stop in the iPass Lounge, which was small. Bathrooms are outside the lounge. There was a decent food selection there with some free beer. The liquor selection was a bit limited.
  • Outside the lounge was a smoking room, which is open to the public.

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  • Got to the gate around 1:50pm. Still boarding the back rows. The one hour flight turned into a real journey.

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