Flying from Charleston to Paris through Atlanta

Flying from Charleston to Paris through Atlanta

Normally I don’t take much time to consider how I get from one place to another – I just look forward to getting there, and starting my vacation!  But of course the how of traveling is something many travelers put a lot of effort into.  For our trip to Strasbourg, France last July, for example, there were a few steps – from Charleston to Atlanta, then from Atlanta on to Paris, and lastly, a train ride to Strasbourg.

Artwork in Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

To be practical, while in Charleston Airport, I stopped off at their Caviar and Bananas kiosk (my favorite gourmet deli in Charleston), to get a sandwich (just in case the food on the flight was inedible) and some snacks.  Then it was on to Atlanta.

I am not a huge fan of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, but on this occasion, our time there was pretty painless.  We did get to see some of the airport’s artwork, which was nice.

Shrimp Salad, Fruit Salad and Quinoa Salad on Flight 82

People who have heard me talk about flying know how little luck I have in getting good dairy free food on an airplane.  In recent years I have taken to not alerting the airline of my allergy and trying to order a dairy free meal, because I have been disappointed in the results so often.  But I have recently had good luck with Delta – they sometimes have a simple salad with chicken or shrimp on it, and in this case, on Flight 82 to Paris, they had a nice shrimp salad.  It does help to have a seat somewhere near the front of the economy section on the airplane, because these sorts of salads are popular and will run out long before the flight attendants get to the last rows of the airplane.

My Delta Flight Video Screen

I had a good flight over all, I have to say.  Therese and I both watched lots of movies – Delta’s video interface is pretty good.  I also played lots of free cell solitaire on my phone, my favorite phone card game.

And as usual, I got no sleep on the airplane – a nuisance that I come to adjust to.  But otherwise, it was a pretty smooth flight to Paris.  When we got there, a deluge awaited us – first, a serious scrum of people at the Border Patrol at Charles de Gaulle Airport (which took more than an hour to get through), and then a literal deluge, a downpour of near historic proportions.  But that, as they say, is another story.

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to "Savoring Gotham" edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).
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