I’m sitting in the airport in Paris, France right now and have about 45 minutes before our next flight boards. I thought I’d share a couple of things that we’ve experienced on our flights so far.

On our flight from Lexington to Atlanta, we boarded the plane and I noticed that someone was sitting in my designated seat. The stewardess, standing near him, saw our puzzled looks and inquired – and then asked the young man to sit in his assigned seat.

The young man was from the Ukraine and didn’t speak a lick of English. So I Googled an English-to-Ukrainian translation tool. I typed in an apology for the mix-up and showed it to him. Apparently, those resources work. He immediately smiled, gave me a ‘thumbs up,’ and said (I think) “That’s OK,” in a thick Ukrainian accent.

Then, I took a picture while we were in the air. It was beautiful!

When we got on our flight to Paris, I noticed that each of the seats had their own individual display that plays movies, music, and provides gaming options. They even hooked up to a camera on the plane. Here’s a video of our take-off.

These devices were pretty popular because everyone had them on. It was a 7 1/2 flight, after all.

I will begin posting things of more substance later today when we arrive in Israel.

(Right now, it’s 8:46 AM Paris time but it’s 1:46 AM Murray, Kentucky time. The sun is shining when I would ordinarily be halfway through a good night’s sleep. I hope we get used to the time difference reasonably quickly. I’m getting a little slap-happy.)