As I Was Flying…
We just flew over the mountains of Eastern Europe en route to Frankfurt from Dubai. Qantas have teamed up with the UAE airline, so we did the first leg from Sydney to Dubai with Qantas, and the second one from Dubai to Frankfurt with Emirates. I really enjoyed stopping over at Dubai this time, as we were able to marvel at all the strange dress codes in the shopping arcade corridors, and then relax in the Emirates flight lounge until our flight was due. They’re much better than Qantas in terms of service.
Looking down on the snow-tipped mountains just now, I thought of student days travelling by deux chevaux from Paris to Ukraine during the Cold War in 1968; and of how we were stopped from visiting Prague by the Russian troop invasion.
We’re going to have another six hours’ delay at Frankfurt airport before the flight to Dubrovnik in Croatia. From there we’ll be picked up by Suzanna “Queen of the Adriatic” Speech Path Business — and driven to Cavtat. Mark and Suzanna have been preparing this Conference by Skype. The Conference hotel is situated on the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic: “the Mediterranean as it used to be!” I have nothing to do with the Conference, so I just come along for the ride. And the sightseeing and serendipity!
From the map Cavtat peninsula looks like a giant crustacean. And the colour of the sea is turquoise on this map, just like in reality. It’s this colour I remember from those far away days when we camped along the coastal villages and travelled in a run-down small French car: three Aussie girls from Paris with the hood of the car open to let the wind and sun in our hair.
The clouds below the plane now look like whipped cream. Not the sort I’d imagine skipping over. We’re about to land at Frankfurt. Then we catch a Lufthansa Flight to Dubrovnik, another favourite place.
Watch this site!
- Dubrovnik, Croatia: part one (thetraveledit.com)
- Submission: Qantas bans pork on in-flight menu to adherence to Islam (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)