2nd leg – Bangkok to London (11 hours) Departing 3am Sydney time.
It’s been 24 hours since I left home. We are currently flying over Russia – Moscow is a little to the north. 3.5 hours till we land in London. Once at Heathrow we’re going to try to get an earlier flight to Paris rather than spending 3 hours waiting in the terminal. 7 months ago when I last landed in London it was dark and freezing. I’m hoping it’s going to be warm and sunny this time.
After disembarking at Bangkok we really only had time to walk to the transit area then walk back again to go through the security procedures to board the plane. 45 minutes isn’t much time.
I smiled at the parents trying to pacify tired children in the terminal – completely out of their routine. Some of them were crying. If the truth be known, I’m sure many adults would love the freedom to throw a little tanty out of tiredness on long flights! It doesn’t feel that long ago that I’d be rushing through a terminal with 4 little kids trying to catch a flight. I was lucky. My children were always good travelers and learned to just ‘go with the flow’. I loved those years. Now they’re all adults and Mum gets to travel up the pointy end of the plane – I still remember the adventures 30 years ago when the aircraft was a Hercules and the flight attendant, a burly loadmaster – no Neil Perry menu in those days – a cardboard box with a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a drink – no wonder I was lighter!
Speaking of food, once on board again we’re offered supper. I wasn’t hungry – I wonder why!!! I don’t usually eat this much food in a week. I did try the Parmesan Biscuits with Red Pepper Hummus and Herbed Olives canapés.
The Salad of King Prawns with Marinated Leeks and Currents for entrée was delicious but I passed on the main and dessert, even though they looked very tempting.
I did manage to get a few hours sleep. The sky beds in first are very comfortable. After visiting the bathroom, I returned to find my seat reclined to a total horizontal position. On top of the ‘bed’ is placed a mattress with a sheepskin layer and then a white linen fitted sheet and finally a doona and 2 fluffy pillows. Yes, I felt spoilt. When Sarah (16) and I last travelled together the flight attendants even offered to sing her a lullaby – which she declined.
Brekky is about to be served – I wasn’t joking when I said I’ve eaten my way across the globe.
I have the choice of several different juices although I usually go for the ‘energiser’ which on this flight is Mango.
Next there’s fresh fruit salad, Bircher Museli, a variety of cereals and yogurt & honey. I like the Bircher.
From the bakery: toast, croissants and banana muffins.
OR, if you really want something hot (which I don’t) there’s scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, grilled bacon, sausages, braised beans, potato cakes, sautéed mushrooms and tomato relish.
Could anyone even think of squeezing in Apple and Maple Buttermilk Hotcakes with Cinnamon Yoghurt???
The cabin crew has been beautiful on both legs and I’ve felt very spoilt.
I watched the remainder of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – promoted as a thriller – once I was awake enough to read the subtitles – an interesting tale. My book club read the book a few months ago – I didn’t get to. Perhaps that was a good thing. Often movies disappoint after reading the book.
Apart from movies, food and sleep…what more is there to write about on a flight?