from . Wednesday April 7
The months and months and months of saving
and planning have come to fruition - they always do ! :-) It's
time to stop working with our exhaustive and absolutely wonderful spreadsheet
in preparation for the trip, and just — do it ... again
, lucky us !
So . We drive in comfort and style out
to Sydney Kingsford Smith in a hire car, and fly out on Austrian - or
is it still Lauda ? They put an ad. in "The Sydney Morning Herald" very
recently, to say that Lauda doesn't exist any more (not that it has,
anywhere other than in Oz, for a looong time); but there's nothing
at the airport, at the check-in desk, on the staff uniforms or in the
actual 'plane that says anything other than Lauda ! Still, that's not
exactly important .
Enjoyable flight. But I've contracted
a colleague's cold, and it is, by Wednesday 'evening', really brewing - sore
throat, cough, etc. Wouldn't be a problem but for one thing: my right
ear, with each landing (and we have three !), causes me quite serious
pain. The hostesses on the first and third legs have a solution that
does help ease it; a plastic cup containing a HOT towel pressed over
the ear. On the second leg we have male stewards, and they are worse
than useless. Please note.
Passing east-west through Austrian's
hub stop, and arriving in Paris .
CS has previously told me of stories
regarding Vienna airport; these are not madly complimentary stories,
you understand — and they are true ones, alas ! The gate listed
on the main departures board turns out not to be the correct one; and
when we eventually find our way, the flight is half an hour later than
notified (both on our tickets and on the board). However, as I said,
the flights themselves are really good; so it's all down to priorities .
Memory: brief moment of panic, soon abated, as we
miss our camera while in the gate-lounge waiting for the Paris flight.
We've changed seats, and left it back there . and, surrounded by honest
burgers, there it still is !