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I am bound for France: a day in Monaco, a day in Corsica, and a two-day road trip out to Normandy.
Monaco is because I have 7 UN countries left and this will nudge that down to 6.
Corsica is a curiosity to me and a Travelers Century Club territory. Many of my Europe favorites at Atlantic islands. Now I am turning to the Mediterranean.
Normandy is for the landing beaches of WWII. This has long been among my top travel wishes.
The trip started with $400 fares to Europe and my last chance at successfully redeeming United 1K GPUs before I leave that status behind. Even mid-winter US to Europe it is hard to find confirmable upgrade space. I got it on the return. For my departure I was waitlisted and when it was hopeless, I did a same-day confirmed to route through Washington-Dulles. I did not get Newark-Washington but did get Washington-Paris!
In France I will hop down to Nice on Air France. Though SkyTeam status does not grant domestic itinerary lounge access, it appears that Air France grants access on economy tickets from Paris airports to destinations in France. If so, that is reasonable because it is hardly different than a flight to Belgium or Netherlands that is considered international for SkyTeam lounge access purposes.
I’ll head over to Monaco for the day, then back to Nice for the last flight over to Ajaccio.
Corsica has several airports. The choice of Ajaccio is for flight schedule that works best to come in from Nice and back out to Paris-Orly. I remembered to select the last row on the Air Corsica ATR! (The plane boards from the rear.)
I will have a day to tool around Corsica. The original trip plan was to continue to Sardinia. Ferries don’t run again until spring.
At night I will fly up to Paris-Orly, pick up a car with my free Sixt Platinum status, and drive to Chartres.
That long day positions me for the Chartres Cathedral at opening and an onward drive to Mont Saint-Michel.
An overnight in Bayuex sets up the famed tapestry, then forward to the beaches. An evening haul back to Paris.
Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport has a good rate, promos that stack, and is one of the cluster that does not involve shuttle buses garnering thousands of complaining Trip Advisor reviews.
A quick jaunt to highlights of Europe and history!
Readers, what are your suggestions and tips?