ATHENS to DUBAI – the journey home
I have loved every minute of this magical country. The people, the food and the history – yes the history gets me every time but I guess you have realised that after the many posts from museums and archeological sites.
The Prof has provided a memorable quote for such a time and it is as true today as it was back in 390BC when it was written by Heraclides, another Greek philosopher.
If you’ve seen Athens – you are a lucky man
If you’ve seen Athens and you haven’t like it – well you’re an ass
If you’ve seen Athens – you haven’t like it and you don’t want to come back – well then, you’re a stupid ass
Just about sums it up doesn’t it? I have seen Athens and loved it – I would come back here in a heartbeat.
Back to today – I fly out this evening at 6.05pm on Emirates EK210 – the first leg of my journey home – so you can see I have a full day which is great – but it is not the type of day for more sightseeing.
My last breakfast at this wonderful Amalia Hotel. I am in no hurry – so I can go back to the buffet for more delicious goodies. The windows of the breakfast room look out over the National Park – I think about going for a walk later but I have to check out and organise everything so seeing that I have a wonderful view from my room I will just stay there in air conditioned comfort and maybe take some more photos.
I always get the feeling that when I don’t want to leave a place the time goes fast – that has been the feeling for every day since I left Sydney and today is no different. After checking the room to make sure I haven’t left anything behind it is time to head to reception to settle any outstanding account. My transfer to the airport is arriving around 3pm so I am not rushed. I wait and have some more of the wonderful Turkish Delight that is on a platter in the foyer. I always grabbed a handful of this before going to my room – not to mention leaving the hotel to sightsee. Yes, I am a guts. This coupled with some ice water goes down like a treat. I really am not hungry after the large brekky and anyway I can get something in the Emirates Business Lounge.
I check in according to the plan – Flight EK210 boarding at 5.20pm – now to find the SkyServ Lounge.
It is not a very big area but the food and drink is ample and there are lots of comfy chairs. A nice quiet corner and time to relax and enjoy my Spinach Pie (spanakopita). I am definitely going to make this when I get home. The announcement is made that it is time to board – of course First and Business are invited to board (nose in the air time) and I receive a nice smiley welcome. This is only a short flight – 4 and a half hours – my seat is 10K so I get organised. I have come to the conclusion that I will not travel Economy Cattle Class anymore.
This is a Boeing 777 so not as classy as the A380 that I will board later but it will do. I still have a flat bed seat and just look at how much room I have. The only down part is that the configuration is two seats together – but I will survive.
Once I am settled the drinks waiter comes along – and of course when in Business – I order a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne (see above photo). Even though I am trying to be snooty, the camera comes out and starts clicking away. Really, it has a mind of it’s own.
Once everyone is settled here they come again with the menus and nuts! A dish of warm nuts is placed before me so sipping on the champers and eating nuts I ponder the menu.
Above right is my Dinner – Seared Beef Fillet with Jus, Braised Leeks with Runner Beans and Mashed Potatoes with Parsley. Add a side salad and when all that is gone a dessert of Mango and Passionfruit Slice served with Pomegranate Compote completes the eating fest. If that wasn’t enough – a selection of fine luxury chocolates in a little box lands on the table.
After making a pig of myself – the lights dim and it is time for a snooze. The mattresses are put on the seats – time to flat bed and sleep. The ceiling has also been lit with little stars – I love this.
We will soon be landing in Dubai where the journey to Sydney will continue but for the time being, photos out the window – no wing but an engine is just as good.
A safe landing and now I am on my way to the Business Lounge where I can eat and drink more if I feel so inclined.
This place is like a city but after my earlier stuff up where I could not find the lounge I know exactly where to go. Boarding is at 1.05am – nearly two hours wait – but I can board direct from the Business Lounge. Yes, classy all the way. Time for some strong coffee and maybe a snack or two – don’t say it – just don’t say it.