I just booked our flights to Norway! FINALLY! This has been my big stress since Jan/Feb while I've been watching ticket prices go up and up and up but I finally found a decent enough deal out of JFK that takes us to our destination (not Oslo which was why it was getting so expensive). Anyway, so we're flying out of JFK and our return to the US on the 18th takes us through Amsterdam-Schipol airport for a 2 hour layover and then CDG for a 6 hour layover. At AMS I figure we'll just sit tight...but in CDG, 6 hours???? Enough time to leave, ooh and ahh at Notre Dame and turn around and come back for our cross-Atlantic flight? Best way to do it cheaply? I can read French much better than I can speak it but that's about the only thing going for us, plus we'll be coming in from another Schengen airport so passport control won't be an issue right?
Second part of the trip, I kind of messed up with these tickets to JFK. While our flight doesn't return very late, 7 PM, apparently there aren't any direct red-eyes between JFK and ATL after that....and the only red-eyes out of LGA leave at 9 pm. I don't think we'd get through customs and across town in enough time to actually make our flight, and forget about luggage. So anyway, we're going to stay in NYC overnight, there's a Hampton right by the airport for $225 (Friday night so rates I guess are higher plus NYC). There's a return flight the following Saturday night that's not terribly priced that I was thinking of taking and that gives us most of a day in NYC to see at least one or two sites. As I recall from our last European trip, we both felt pretty good coming back. It was easy to get up in the mornings, we just got tired earlier in the evenings so I think jet-lag won't be the issue. Would it be more worthwhile to spend 2 nights in NYC instead of just the one and catch an early am Sunday flight back home? I'm trying to stay balanced between being MM which is just the one night, or making us slightly less rushed and paying for 2 nights.