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A Weekend In Florence With LX  
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

Dear readers,

Although I haven’t written a trip report for quite some time now, I have been flying every month. A few of the usual hops over to Manchester, a trip to Berlin on AB, 2 days in Amsterdam including a mini A.net meet with airbuseric & akhmad (bog-standard easyJet flights in the dark) and a seat on the farewell MD-90 Hello flight from Zurich (which was covered well by ManuCH).

I’ve done a few trips with a friend of mine from work who is always up for a mini-break: we’ve been to Venice, Cologne & Palma together. Swiss often have special deals on their European routes and some interesting offers came up at the end of 2010. As she’d said a few times she would like to go to Florence, we decided on that and booked a return for 179chf for mid-March.

Check in, as nearly always with LX, was done online 24 hours before departure and I selected seats 19A&B, LX are humane and have a 2-3 seating on the RJ100.

After having done 6 early shifts in 7 days I was desperate for a lie in but, no, it wasn’t to be. My alarm went off at 5am and I was on the road by 5.40. We’d arranged to meet in Check-in 3 and were hoping to use to new machine which allows you to tag the luggage and send it on its way without the need for any human contact (all in the name of research of course so you can explain it to the passengers). However, as it was quite busy, we were beckoned to the normal desk and were dealt with by a friendly young man.

After buying something yummy from the bakery, we headed straight through to the gate. No queue at security, we were well ahead of the rest of the passengers. Our gate was A10, one of the bus gates. We sat and chatted then went on a perfume testing session in the duty free shop.

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View of the apron
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12.3.11
ZRH-FLR
LX1678
Avro100 HB-IYZ
STD 0735 / 0743
STA 0845 / 0835
Seat 19A
My 24th flight on the RJ100 and my 2nd on this aircraft

At 0705 boarding was called and it seemed most of the others beat us to it (not difficult with a load of just 19!).
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Who can spot the problem?
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Yes, our bus said Madrid IB3475. I commented on it to my friend, assuming the display was wrong. She pointed it out to the bus driver who looked rather alarmed and ran back to the gate agent, where a long discussion ensued. The driver emerged again and said ‘everybody off’…he was at the wrong gate!! We all had to go back to the holding pen until the correct bus arrived. It would have actually been quite amusing to see just how far we could have got before anyone else noticed the error!

Boarding take two:
The bus pulled up and we double checked it said Firenze on it. We thought we would be lucky and get the special LX livery advertising the shops at Zurich airport with the lovely cow procession on it, but alas, we pulled up at the aircraft next door.

HB-IYZ
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Boarding was swift as you would expect. The safety demo was done manually, always the case on the Avros and we pushed back at 0735. Flying time was announced as 55mins. We taxied round to runway 28, didn’t waste any time and took off at 0743. We headed west for a short while before banking and changing our course for south. It was a beautiful morning and we were treated to some lovely views as the Alps got closer.

Taxiing


Ready for take off

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Banking


Over the Limmat valley


Sunrise over Lake Zurich


Approaching the Alps
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Aegerisee

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Sihlsee
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Lake Lucerne & Bürgenstock


The first valley heads up to Engelberg, in the second valley you can see the Alpnachersee
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The ski resort of Engelberg
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The Surenenpass, a famous walk in the summer

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Just stunning

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A frozen lake, possibly the Göscheneralpsee


Just as we reached the Gotthard area the clouds built up and there were no more views to be had. I wasn’t sure what service we would get on this hop, so was pleasantly surprised when the crew came round with croissants. I had tea and orange juice to drink. The two crew members were both very smart and friendly.
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Cabin shot
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Over Italy


The short flight passed quickly as we chatted and soon enough we started our descent into Florence.


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We landed at 0835, nice and early and whilst I guessed Florence airport wouldn’t be very big, I was still a bit surprised to see we were the only aircraft on the tarmac!



Thanks LX!
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Baggage claim
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Heading for the bus
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We took a bus to the city, it cost about 5Euros and was a quick journey of less than 15minutes. We were dropped by the station and being the adventurous sort, wanted to get to our hotel on foot. Well I’d printed a map off google and my friend had a guidebook so surely we couldn’t go wrong. (I know what you’re all thinking, women and map reading…) The thing was, our two maps didn’t match. We couldn’t find one street that existed on them both and I really began to think one of the maps wasn’t even of Florence. We admitted defeat and bought one from a shop, when all of a sudden things became clear. Mine was an enlargement of an area not on my friend’s map! Armed with our new companion, we found the place in no time.

After dumping our bags we headed back into the city and stumbled, quite by chance , upon the San Lorenzo market. Gentlemen, let me tell you, Florence is not the place to take the wife. You will spend most of your time looking at leather goods and being persuaded to part with your hard earned cash which could be put towards more flights!

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After a leather overload we were in need of pizza. My favourite: Marinara (tomato, basil & garlic).
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Our sightseeing continued long into the afternoon.

Duomo
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Note the huge queue to enter

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Swiss chocolate in Italy?


In fact, this shop had a better selection than any other Lindt shop I’ve been too !
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Rialto bridge
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Close up
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Palazzo Vecchio


When we started to flag, we decided to stop at one of the most famous cafes in Florence on the Piazza della Signoria.
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According to the guidebook, their hot chocolate is the best in Florence. All I can say is thank goodness I ordered for a cappuccino. My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!



We finally trudged back to our hotel to recover before heading out again for dinner. We chose the Antica Dimora Johlea, a B&B with 6 rooms a good 15minutes from the centre. Every room is completely different and beautifully decorated.
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Roof top terrace
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"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8545 times:

Sunday 13th March

It rained and rained and rained. Sightseeing is never quite as much fun with an umbrella. So we were in no hurry to be out early and had a leisurely breakfast. We were kept amused by the antics of our fellow guests. One young French woman piled 6 slices of toast onto her plate creating a leaning tower of Pisa and a young American couple came to breakfast in their pyjamas. Barefoot. I’ve never seen that before, not even in a beach hotel.

We checked-in online courtesy of my friend’s mobile, first time I’ve ever done this and we found it pretty tedious. Just as well I know my way around LX’s website, or it would have taken even longer.

Here are some more impressions of our sightseeing :

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Inside the Duomo


We decided to walk up the Campanile to keep dry. It cost about 6 Euros and there was no lift, but over 400 steps. Don’t go up here if you get claustrophobic, the stairwells are very narrow and at some points it’s impossible to pass.


First views
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Looking down


At the top
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There were a lot of Americans about and 2 chaps followed us up part of the way but we were obviously too slow (it’s called pacing yourself). When we emerged at the top one said ‘Oh look, even the two ladies made it ‘. Tip: just because someone is talking in another language doesn’t mean they don’t understand English. So I waved profusely at him and shouted ’Hi ‘, which seemed to suitably confuse him.

After this we slowly headed back to the hotel to collect our bags and then walked to the station for the bus.

We were the first at check in, there was a young chap at the desk. As we approached him he waved us away, shouting „closed“. The screen above the check-in desk clearly indicated the flight was open for check-in, but we had to wait until he’d finished sorting his desk out. He was quite an amusing chap but pretty scruffy : ponytail, shirt hanging out, trousers rolled up and stuffed into his unlaced boots – I don’t think you’d get away with that passing for uniform in most countries.

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We proceeded through security, there was quite a queue as only one station was manned and there was some serious queue jumping going on. Out into the shopping area – there was a duty free, small selection of quite expensive Italian brands and one selling local specialities where I got some biscuits, pasta of course and some grappa for the husband who’d been left alone for the weekend.

Shops
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We’d planned on having some dinner, but there was just self service complex which had a very poor selection. We ended up with a couple of Danish pastry type things. The seating area was really cheap too, all plastic seats and very full as a number of flights were departing close together.

After that disaster we went and sat by the gate area and did some people watching, counting how many BOS we could spot. In case you’re wondering, BOS means Bags on Seats, a past time many people in Central Europe indulge in to keep any potential seat neighbours as far away as possible and which never fails to amuse me.

Gate area
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Apologies that there are no photos from this point. I wasn’t going to bother covering this leg here and as it was dark and pouring down with rain, there was little worth photographing.

13.3.11
FLR-ZRH
LX1681
Avro100 HB-IXW
STD 1950 / 1957
STA 2100 / 2054
Seat 19A
My 25th flight on the RJ100 and my 4th on this aircraft

Boarding was called at 1920. We boarded 2 buses and waited, and waited and waited with the doors open and torrential rain blasting in. It was really unpleasant. We though it was because of a missing passenger but we didn’t see anyone else board.

Eventually we drove off and were glad to see that we could use both stairs to board. It was pretty chaotic with many infrequent travellers on board looking for their seat number. I put my duty free bag in the overhead locker only for it to be first of moved by a woman then a man plonked his huge carry on on top of it, at which point my friend muttered some choice Swiss German and rescued it for me.

We pushed back at 1957 and after a short taxi were airborne at 2001. It was a powerful take off and a bumpy climb, the chap behind starting muttering ‘Mein Gott’.

The crew had a very tough job to serve everyone with a small sandwich and drinks on this 55 minute flight. The seatbelt sign went on for landing and I was still eating.

We eventually emerged from the clouds over lake Zurich and experienced some more heavy turbulence, the föhn wind was certainly blowing strongly.

We landed on runway 28 at 2054 and taxied round to a open stand, where a bus was waiting for us.
There was a long wait for the luggage and I don’t know where my case had been as it was covered in big black marks. We headed to the car park and said a swift farewell, I was back on duty in less than 9 hours……

My verdict:
Another 2 solid flights on LX. They were only short hops, but I appreciate the in-flight service that Swiss offers even on these. The price was acceptable, it was nice to see a new city with good company, so all in all a successful weekend.

Comments welcome as always

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8503 times:

Surely one of the most visually stunning trip reports we've ever, ever had on here. A real treat.

Wonderful stuff   Thank you very much.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8481 times:

Hey great report some nice pics of the city also . Lindt choc is the best so maybe thats why the Italians have that shop lol...

Happy flying .


OA260  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8372 times:

Hoi, Hannah,

well done. I´ve waited for this one, really good picture´s and enjoyable text.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

Although I haven’t written a trip report for quite some time now

What about doing another one in a couple of weeks!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My alarm went off at 5am and I was on the road by 5.40.

One of these lazy late morning departures.  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
So we were in no hurry to be out early and had a leisurely breakfast. We were kept amused by the antics of our fellow guests. One young French woman piled 6 slices of toast onto her plate creating a leaning tower of Pisa and a young American couple came to breakfast in their pyjamas. Barefoot. I’ve never seen that before, not even in a beach hotel.

Love it, people watching on travel, you need no movie or else, isn´t it?.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
After dumping our bags we headed back into the city and stumbled, quite by chance , upon the San Lorenzo market. Gentlemen, let me tell you, Florence is not the place to take the wife. You will spend most of your time looking at leather goods and being persuaded to part with your hard earned cash which could be put towards more flights!

I will take a closer look around, if nothing goes wrong, in some days.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We decided to walk up the Campanile to keep dry. It cost about 6 Euros and there was no lift, but over 400 steps. Don’t go up here if you get claustrophobic, the stairwells are very narrow and at some points it’s impossible to pass.

The place for me, good to know, I will do it also.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There were a lot of Americans about and 2 chaps followed us up part of the way but we were obviously too slow (it’s called pacing yourself). When we emerged at the top one said ‘Oh look, even the two ladies made it ‘. Tip: just because someone is talking in another language doesn’t mean they don’t understand English. So I waved profusely at him and shouted ’Hi ‘, which seemed to suitably confuse him.

These people, I remember that guys talking about a meeting with the boss, not in the best mood about it.
Well, they don´t know that the boss is one of my clients, so stay quiet in such case´s, it´s better.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We were the first at check in, there was a young chap at the desk. As we approached him he waved us away, shouting „closed“. The screen above the check-in desk clearly indicated the flight was open for check-in, but we had to wait until he’d finished sorting his desk out. He was quite an amusing chap but pretty scruffy : ponytail, shirt hanging out, trousers rolled up and stuffed into his unlaced boots – I don’t think you’d get away with that passing for uniform in most countries.

How I love the italian´s.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
After that disaster we went and sat by the gate area and did some people watching, counting how many BOS we could spot. In case you’re wondering, BOS means Bags on Seats, a past time many people in Central Europe indulge in to keep any potential seat neighbours as far away as possible and which never fails to amuse me.

Silly, there is sometime´s really interesting conversation around this way.

Like to read more, but you know it!.

Best wishes,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 686 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8189 times:

Hi Hannah,

thanks for this nice little report, enjoyed it a lot.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was a beautiful morning and we were treated to some lovely views as the Alps got closer.

Some really stunning pictures you have here. The Alps are always great to fly over.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I wasn’t sure what service we would get on this hop, so was pleasantly surprised when the crew came round with croissants.

Very nice service for such a rather short flight. Well, LX is certainly a great airline. I have only done one trip with them a few years ago, but was also surprised to get a small breakfast plus a swiss chocolate, and that was on an even shorter flight between STR and ZRH.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Gentlemen, let me tell you, Florence is not the place to take the wife.

Thanks for the tipp, I will remember that   But besides, judging from your pictures Florence seems to be a great city. Probably a bit touristy but I guess nice for a short weekend break.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
but over 400 steps. Don’t go up here if you get claustrophobic, the stairwells are very narrow and at some points it’s impossible to pass.

Now that sounds interesting, I would have climbed it as well.

Thanks again and many greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1721 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8189 times:
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Hello Infodesk,

Nice little story on your short hop on the Swiss jumbolino. Good thing they have the 2-3 seating arrangement, that makes for a roomier cabin feel. Your pics of the Alps are really great, I find it always fascinating when overflying them in good weather. Florence seems like a nice city, too bad the weather wasn't cooperative 

Bye,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8120 times:

Hi guys,

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 2):
Surely one of the most visually stunning trip reports we've ever, ever had on here. A real treat. Wonderful stuff Thank you very much.

Chris, what a kind comment, thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey great report some nice pics of the city also . Lindt choc is the best so maybe thats why the Italians have that shop lol...

Hi Philip,
Yes, Lindt chocolate is indeed excellent. I just find it strange that they have a better selection than we do here. Seems a bit unfair!

Markus,

Thanks for your feedback

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
What about doing another one in a couple of weeks!.

I'll have to see, I'm sure I've got something else planned then...  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Love it, people watching on travel, you need no movie or else, isn´t it?.

You could write a book on it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
The place for me, good to know, I will do it also

Oh yes, you must go up there is you have time, worth the effort!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
These people, I remember that guys talking about a meeting with the boss, not in the best mood about it.
Well, they don´t know that the boss is one of my clients, so stay quiet in such case´s, it´s better.

Ouch! Very wise of you, but it some cases it can provide no end of amusement.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Silly, there is sometime´s really interesting conversation around this way.

Indeed, they don't know what they're missing.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8079 times:

Nice to see some more comments!

Hello CaptainRed

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
thanks for this nice little report, enjoyed it a lot.

Bitte schön  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
The Alps are always great to fly over.

Oh yes, I can never get enough of them!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
but was also surprised to get a small breakfast plus a swiss chocolate, and that was on an even shorter flight between STR and ZRH

Very nice. When I flew ZRH-VCE a couple of years back we only got water & a chocolate, which is why I was all the more surprised with the offerings on this flight, as it's not much longer. But a breakfast on STR-ZRH, that's impressive. The crew would hardly have time to stand up and sit down!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
Probably a bit touristy but I guess nice for a short weekend break.

Yes, it was touristy and I wouldn't rush to return, but it is a classic city that I guess everyone should see in their life.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
Now that sounds interesting, I would have climbed it as well.

I'm terrible like that, I always have to get to the highest viewpoint around!

Hi Sultanils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Nice little story on your short hop on the Swiss jumbolino

Thank you!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Your pics of the Alps are really great, I find it always fascinating when overflying them in good weather.

It's such a matter of luck with the weather, but when you get a nice day, it's just breathtaking.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7952 times:

Hi Hannah,

I have been waiting for your report to come. What a pleasant surprise to know that Florence is on the show. Have I told you that Herman and I went to Florence on a high speed train from Rome during our first holiday together? You brought back the memories. Thank you for that.

It looks like you had another decent flight with LX. What a big croissant you got!   

I love your in-flight geography lesson! It is nice to know background information of the window view. The view on the Alps is breathtaking in every way!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
2 days in Amsterdam including a mini A.net meet with airbuseric & akhmad (bog-standard easyJet flights in the dark)

I still hope you will post a report of this sometime.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I selected seats 19A&B, LX are humane and have a 2-3 seating on the RJ100.

Agreed! When we flew RJ100 in 2009, we selected 21A&B.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We sat and chatted then went on a perfume testing session in the duty free shop.

Not surprising for two friends traveling together. Did you buy any of the perfumes?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
not difficult with a load of just 19!).

Too bad for LX, but good for both of you as you could spread out on the 3 side of the cabin.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Who can spot the problem?

Madrid? Oops! Nice city, but it is the wrong direction!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Mine was an enlargement of an area not on my friend’s map! Armed with our new companion, we found the place in no time.

Luckily things were quickly sorted out. Herman and I did not have any map at all!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Florence is not the place to take the wife. You will spend most of your time looking at leather goods and being persuaded to part with your hard earned cash which could be put towards more flights!

Hmm, we did not have that issue at all..

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My favourite: Marinara (tomato, basil & garlic).

Thanks for the recipe!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
In fact, this shop had a better selection than any other Lindt shop I’ve been too !

Let me guess. You left the shop with chocolate boxes.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Palazzo Vecchio

Ah, yes, the Florence's landmark! Did you visit the goldsmith there?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
According to the guidebook, their hot chocolate is the best in Florence. All I can say is thank goodness I ordered for a cappuccino. My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!

You should write a complaint letter to the publisher.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Every room is completely different and beautifully decorated.

What a decorative interior with lovely in-room balcony and four-poster! Beautiful! Did you book it upon TripAdvisor recommendation?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We were kept amused by the antics of our fellow guests. One young French woman piled 6 slices of toast onto her plate creating a leaning tower of Pisa and a young American couple came to breakfast in their pyjamas. Barefoot. I’ve never seen that before, not even in a beach hotel.

Nice entertainment indeed. It all comes naturally, as it seems.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Inside the Duomo

Well done! You managed to visit the Duomo! We let it pass as the row was just too long that time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
First views

Like on postcards! Amazing!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Looking down

Yikes! Not for people with fear of heights, like me...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
At the top

Stunning!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Tip: just because someone is talking in another language doesn’t mean they don’t understand English. So I waved profusely at him and shouted ’Hi ‘, which seemed to suitably confuse him.

Way to go, Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
He was quite an amusing chap but pretty scruffy : ponytail, shirt hanging out, trousers rolled up and stuffed into his unlaced boots – I don’t think you’d get away with that passing for uniform in most countries.

I am fantasizing now. Somehow I like his appearance.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We proceeded through security, there was quite a queue as only one station was manned and there was some serious queue jumping going on

And the queue jumpers just got away with that? How irritating!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
some grappa for the husband who’d been left alone for the weekend.

I am sure he loves the grappa!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
at which point my friend muttered some choice Swiss German and rescued it for me.

That is what friends are for.

Hannah, it feels like I was tagging along on your weekend. Thanks a lot for sharing the beautiful scenery of Florence. You rightly chose a nice hotel along with a great LX flight.

One last question, did you book the hotel in conjunction with your flight?

Thanks again and have a nice weekend.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7494 times:

Hola Hannah!

Great report of one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. The amount of art per sq.m. is probably the highest in the world, really amazing.

You were as well gifted with the wonderful views of the Alps when flying over them, lucky you and the great breakfast LX offered for this short hop is quite impressive as well.

Pity Firenze's weather was not the best, but the charm of the city made up for it, I am sure. Next time be sure to climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo where great views of the city can be seen.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Rialto bridge

I am sure you got it mixed from your last trip to Venice, it is in fact the Ponte Vecchio.

Salut and see you soon in BCN,

Roger



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7441 times:

Hi Infodesk - I really enjoyed your report and pics of Florence. Sounds like you both had a great couple of days, even with the weather not being brilliant for some of the time. The views of Florence were amazing. It's such a pretty city in parts - I've only seen a small part of it and really want to go back. Your trip report has inspired me ! Also nice to see some good solid flights with LX. I flew LX to SOF last year from LCY on two Avros and your experiences were very similar to mine - very nice flights on both sectors for me. Thanks again P/jet


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6811 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

Hi Hannah,

very nice report with good pictures from Firenze. I went there many years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
LX are humane and have a 2-3 seating on the RJ100.

In contrast to LH...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!

Rip-off!


PH



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User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7336 times:

Shame it rained whilst you were in Florence! lovely city though. Thanks for the trip report!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We thought we would be lucky and get the special LX livery advertising the shops at Zurich airport with the lovely cow procession on it, but alas, we pulled up at the aircraft next door

I think this one is GVA based, I've caught it a few times on the GVA-LCY run.



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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Hi Infodesk,

thanks for your report! The views of the Alps were stunning, too bad that the weather worsened before the border, I guess you flew over my head while en route for Florence!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

Swiss chocolate in Italy?

Unfortunately, so and so. Lindt merged (or acquired, honestly I don't know) an Italian producer and, if I'm not mistaken, what ought be fine Swiss chocolate is instead made in the industrial areas around Varese. You can actually see the factory from the A4 motorway, it's quite disappointing I'd say. I therefore guess that the proper, 100% Swiss-made Lindt is somehow better.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

According to the guidebook, their hot chocolate is the best in Florence. All I can say is thank goodness I ordered for a cappuccino. My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!

Well, usually in Italy a big café, in a big city, on a big square means just "tourist trap". It's the same whenever you go: Rome, Milan, Turin...everywhere. I prefer to track down the locals and follow them 'til their favourite bar, it is an habit that has never let me down me once... being the awful person I am I sometimes suspect that owners of bars like the one you've been to have some sort of... "gentlemens' agreement" with guide writers. Only this can explain why they keep on advicing as marvelous and value-for-money places that have been tourist traps since, I guess, WWII.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We decided to walk up the Campanile to keep dry. It cost about 6 Euros and there was no lift, but over 400 steps. Don’t go up here if you get claustrophobic, the stairwells are very narrow and at some points it’s impossible to pass.

Next time you hit Florence again don't miss the chance of climbing the Duomo's cupola. It is a remarkable architectural feat and it's a nice stroll - perhaps just slightly less claustrophobic than the bell tower, I guess. I went up there with a guided tour that lacked a couple of people (and therefore offered me to join) and the guide was absolutely nice, adding a lot of trivia and local "gossip" to the more serious aspects of the tour.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6951 times:

Hiya Hannah.

Amazing photos from your climb out of Zurich, Just amazing. I really enjoy the pictures at the time when some of the snow is melting. Gives you a better idea of just how rugged those slopes are when you can see some of the rock. Mind you, climbing them is probably the only true way to taste this.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
After a leather overload we were in need of pizza. My favourite: Marinara (tomato, basil & garlic).

Just how I like my Pizza, nice and simple with good taste.

Very interesting pictures from around Florence with some amazing architecture. Looks like you found a very nice hotel too. You have to love a roof terrace.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
According to the guidebook, their hot chocolate is the best in Florence. All I can say is thank goodness I ordered for a cappuccino. My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!

One thing I really dislike. SO overpriced.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Im flying LX and passing through ZRH next Saturday on my way to FCO.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6738 times:
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Hi Hannah,

Great read, thanks for posting.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My 24th flight on the RJ100

- Impressive numbers, though given your location, quite easy to achieve  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Gentlemen, let me tell you, Florence is not the place to take the wife. You will spend most of your time looking at leather goods and being persuaded to part with your hard earned cash which could be put towards more flights!

- Thanks for the warning, could be painful!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
this shop had a better selection than any other Lindt shop I’ve been too !

- Lindt is the best chocolate, I always have some for easter and christmas  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
According to the guidebook, their hot chocolate is the best in Florence. All I can say is thank goodness I ordered for a cappuccino. My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart

- Yikes, that hot chocolate looks darker than a strong black coffee! - Friut tart looks good though.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
a young American couple came to breakfast in their pyjamas. Barefoot. I’ve never seen that before, not even in a beach hotel.

- How odd, not seen that before.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
we went and sat by the gate area and did some people watching, counting how many BOS we could spot. In case you’re wondering, BOS means Bags on Seats, a past time many people in Central Europe indulge in to keep any potential seat neighbours as far away as possible and which never fails to amuse me.

- Ah yes, people watching is great fun and you are correct, we seem to have a thing about placing our BOS  

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6570 times:

Hi Hannah,

Good to see you writing another report! Looks like a nice short weekend trip to one of the most touristic cities in Italy, shame about the March weather but it can be a hit and miss just about anywhere in this Continent... Your timing was perfect, I actually read this last night at Milan and am now coming back from Italy and writing this from the lounge at GDN (greetings!), so anything regarding Italy is very familiar to me (as a side note this year is turning out to be an Italian year for me...).

Swiss looked fine on those short hops with the Jumbolinos.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
a seat on the farewell MD-90 Hello flight from Zurich (which was covered well by ManuCH).

...and you and your red coat were sticking out like a sore thumb from the pictures!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
LX are humane and have a 2-3 seating on the RJ100.

That's good, and one reason why I kinda like the KF Avros as well.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My alarm went off at 5am and I was on the road by 5.40.

My my, you have a lot to learn from mr. Vampire, Markus...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
hoping to use to new machine which allows you to tag the luggage and send it on its way without the need for any human contact (all in the name of research of course so you can explain it to the passengers).

Err, why would you need to check any luggage for a one night stay? I know you are women and all, but stilll?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The driver emerged again and said ‘everybody off’…he was at the wrong gate!!

That's certainly something! Never happened to me yet, although once at CDG (where else?) the bus driver FROM the plane to the terminal got lost and spedt 10 minutes to the wrong direction before panic breaking, turning around and driving another 15 minutes towards the correct place... But still, I wouldn't expect this to happen in Switzerland of all places.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Sunrise over Lake Zurich

Very nice! I like the way the dawning sun reflects off the waters. All of your Alpine pictures are very beautiful.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
After a leather overload we were in need of pizza. My favourite: Marinara (tomato, basil & garlic).

Err, where's the meat? If an animal doesn't die to feed a human, it's not a proper meal!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My friend left all her hot choccie as it was so vile and at 6 Euros a cup, that’s saying something.
8 Euros for a piece of fruit tart. That beats Swiss prices!

Err, that's Italy for you. It's not considered to be anything to be ashamed of if you manage to rip a tourist or two off - it's national sport! I've been charged 20 EUR for a five minute taxi ride in Rome, for example...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
d a young American couple came to breakfast in their pyjamas. Barefoot. I’ve never seen that before, not even in a beach hotel.

You can't make this stuff up, can you? Quite incredible!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
There were a lot of Americans about and 2 chaps followed us up part of the way but we were obviously too slow (it’s called pacing yourself). When we emerged at the top one said ‘Oh look, even the two ladies made it ‘. Tip: just because someone is talking in another language doesn’t mean they don’t understand English. So I waved profusely at him and shouted ’Hi ‘, which seemed to suitably confuse him.

That's good, although I would've used a bit stronger language! Actually one thing I kinda enjoy is spotting Finns abroad (not very hard, mind you!) and then trying to surprise them at the most unexpected moments with some choice words in Finnish. Always good for a chuckle from the unexpected surprise reaction...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
some grappa for the husband who’d been left alone for the weekend.

Grappa, mmmm, yummy...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We’d planned on having some dinner, but there was just self service complex which had a very poor selection. We ended up with a couple of Danish pastry type things. The seating area was really cheap too, all plastic seats and very full as a number of flights were departing close together.

That's another pet peeve of mine - there aren't that many airports in the world where you can actually eat a proper meal. Sure, there are fast food and snack places everywhere, but if you want to have a real sit down meal, your choices suddenly are muh more limited. Sure, the mega airports always have some places, but for most medium sized ones there's not much choice.... and then you have these weird exceptions to the rule like MHQ (a peak of six flights a day) where you actually have a Vietnamese restaurant (one of the very few in the whole of Finland!)...


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6212 times:

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Hi Suryo,

Nice to hear I was able to bring back some happy memories for you

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
What a big croissant you got!

Yes, and it was yummy too!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
still hope you will post a report of this sometime

I have so few aviation photos though...we'll see.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Not surprising for two friends traveling together. Did you buy any of the perfumes?

No we didn't. Thanks to the rate of exchange I get mine back in the UK as this is the cheapest way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Let me guess. You left the shop with chocolate boxes.

No, we didn't actually!  Wow! I was saving my money for the leather......

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Ah, yes, the Florence's landmark! Did you visit the goldsmith there?

No we missed him. We saw all the jewellery sellers on the Ponte Vecchio but didn't get tempted.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Beautiful! Did you book it upon TripAdvisor recommendation?

Indeed. I don't book any hotels now without sussing them out on TR first.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
And the queue jumpers just got away with that? How irritating!

Well, when in florence...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
I am sure he loves the grappa!

All gone!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
One last question, did you book the hotel in conjunction with your flight?

No we booked it separately. I think sometimes you can get a better deal this way.

Roger,

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
You were as well gifted with the wonderful views of the Alps when flying over them, lucky you

Yes, it was a picture book crossing!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Next time be sure to climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo where great views of the city can be seen.

Thanks for the tip

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
I am sure you got it mixed from your last trip to Venice, it is in fact the Ponte Vecchio.
Oops, didn't notice the mistake, you are indeed right, thanks for pointing it out!

Salut and see you soon in BCN,

Bis bald   

Palmjet,

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
The views of Florence were amazing. It's such a pretty city in parts - I've only seen a small part of it and really want to go back. Your trip report has inspired me !

Nice to hear I have inspired you, hope you'll write a report when you go  
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
very nice flights on both sectors for me.

Good to hear about LX

PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
very nice report with good pictures from Firenze. I went there many years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Robso2

Quoting robso2 (Reply 13):
I think this one is GVA based, I've caught it a few times on the GVA-LCY run.

Interesting to hear, thanks

JL418,

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
The views of the Alps were stunning, too bad that the weather worsened before the border, I guess you flew over my head while en route for Florence!

Next time I'll know to wave!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Lindt merged (or acquired, honestly I don't know) an Italian producer and, if I'm not mistaken, what ought be fine Swiss chocolate is instead made in the industrial areas around Varese. You can actually see the factory from the A4 motorway, it's quite disappointing I'd say

Thanks for this. I have purchased some Lindt chocolate before that was made in Italy (usually flavours that the Swiss wouldn't go for like mint) and have never been overkeen on it. But that shop had one impressive display.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
I prefer to track down the locals and follow them 'til their favourite bar, it is an habit that has never let me down me once...

Looks like we'll take your advice next time!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Next time you hit Florence again don't miss the chance of climbing the Duomo's cupola

Another tip, thanks.

Lee,

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 15):
Amazing photos from your climb out of Zurich, Just amazing. I really enjoy the pictures at the time when some of the snow is melting.

Me too, I think the mountains are that there most beautiful when there is a layer of snow at the top and green meadows below.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 15):
Looks like you found a very nice hotel too. You have to love a roof terrace.

The roof terrace was the reason I chose it as it looked so nice

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 15):
Im flying LX and passing through ZRH next Saturday on my way to FCO.

Ooh, might see you then

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Impressive numbers, though given your location, quite easy to achieve

Not as impressive as some on this forum  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Yikes, that hot chocolate looks darker than a strong black coffee! - Friut tart looks good though.

Yes, I tried a sip & it was actually like drinking melted bitter chocolate. There was no milk in there that's for sure.

P,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
My my, you have a lot to learn from mr. Vampire, Markus...

Well, 5am is actually late-ish I know, but that morning it was still too early!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Err, why would you need to check any luggage for a one night stay? I know you are women and all, but stilll?

Well, you said it, women, eh?! It was just as well I did have a bag to check in, otherwise I wouldn't have had any room for the shoes I bought......

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Never happened to me yet, although once at CDG (where else?) the bus driver FROM the plane to the terminal got lost and spedt 10 minutes to the wrong direction before panic breaking, turning around and driving another 15 minutes towards the correct place... But still, I wouldn't expect this to happen in Switzerland of all places.

That's an amusing story, must have been his first day at work!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
All of your Alpine pictures are very beautiful.

Thank you  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Err, where's the meat? If an animal doesn't die to feed a human, it's not a proper meal!

Don't you know? I prefer my animals alive and cuddly, hence I've not eaten meat for a few years now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Actually one thing I kinda enjoy is spotting Finns abroad (not very hard, mind you!) and then trying to surprise them at the most unexpected moments with some choice words in Finnish. Always good for a chuckle from the unexpected surprise reaction

You know, I actually got stopped in Tenerife by a waiter touting for business and he asked me was I Finnish? I mean, me, Finnish? Where did he get that idea from?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
there aren't that many airports in the world where you can actually eat a proper meal.

That is true and sadly Zurich's offerings aren't too good at present.


Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6209 times:

Hello Hannah!

Thank you for a great report  LX looks like a nice airline! I like the pictures of the alps. Very impressive I think 
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
on the farewell MD-90 Hello flight from Zurich (which was covered well by ManuCH).

Well it would be fun too see one from you too:D

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5901 times:

Hello Robert,

Nice to hear your enjoyed the report and the Alpine photos!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
Well it would be fun too see one from you too:D

He did it so well though, I don't think I could top it  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5862 times:

Hi Hannah

a nice report! Good to read some from you again after our meet in Amsterdam a few months ago.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
LX are humane and have a 2-3 seating on the RJ100.

Yes indeed, my favourite a/c with LX actually. Good legroom too!

I'm happy to see some views on Florence, a city I didn't visit yet, but is on the planning some day. It seems we lack visits to Italy, I've been there a few times, but some great cities are still missing for me. So it's good to get a positive impression.

Grusse,
Eric



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5859 times:

Hi Infodesk

Thanks for sharing. When I still worked for SWISS our department used to go on a day's somewhere in Europe twice a year. The last one I attended before I left SWISS was to Florence, which made it kind of special. It really is a lovely city.

En Gruess,
Knightsofmalta


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5802 times:

Hi Infodesk ! ...
... and now please admit ... how many pairs of shoes are liberated from shops ? ... hihihihihih ... ah shopping in Italy is always my favorite "city breaks" and impatiently waiting for the next month...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
and some grappa for the husband who’d been left alone for the weekend.

Nobody commented this   I think the most members are just jealous, so they decided to ignore this statement ...hiihihihh

thanks for the lovely trip with you    Stipica



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
Yes indeed, my favourite a/c with LX actually. Good legroom too!

Me too, I like the Avros best. We'll have to make an effort to fly them as much as possible before they are phased out in a few years.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
but some great cities are still missing for me. So it's good to get a positive impression.

There's just too many places to see, too little time, eh?

Knights of Malta,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
The last one I attended before I left SWISS was to Florence, which made it kind of special. It really is a lovely city.

Nice to hear I was able to bring back some happy memories for you!


Hi Stipica,
Thanks for your nice reply!

Quoting stipica (Reply 23):
how many pairs of shoes are liberated from shops ? ... hihihihihih ... ah shopping in Italy is always my favorite "city breaks" and impatiently waiting for the next month...

Errm, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bag & two pairs of gloves. There, that wasn't so bad, was it?! hope you enjoy your trip next month and find some nice purchases.

Quoting stipica (Reply 23):
I think the most members are just jealous, so they decided to ignore this statement ...hiihihihh

Well, Italian grappa is pretty fine, so I believe. Not to my liking though........

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinesandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 25, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

Hey Hannah!

Wonderful trip report! Funny fact: I'm actually thinking about going to Florence tomorrow. It's either that or Venice or Rome, but since I've visited the latter two quite recently, I'm leaning towards FLR. Just gotta see how my friend is feeling as she's arriving late from NUE today and told me she caugh some sort of a cold.

Anyway, love the city pics! Now it's obvious to me why you're never at work when i go to work  

Looking forward to your next adventure!

S


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