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Dedicated To Beloved Ones: BA E-190 and Andalucía  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10609 times:

Introduction



Amigo(a)s querido(a)s ,

“...quitarme solo decir , te quiero mucho...”
“…just leave me saying, I love you so much…”

I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

Saddened as I could not make it to attend her cremation in Semarang, I tried to comfort myself by anything she has ever told me.

Odd enough, how hard I was trying, I could only recall, ‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’ and nothing else.

Should I set up my report that way? Looking at the bright side of our journey in Andalucía?


Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.


Amigo(a)s, will you join me and Herman along Iberian Peninsula to see something like this?



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10689 times:

Cordoba



Indeed, Alex (Abrelosojos) did time traveling in the air: Air Pacific FJ 853: JAN/11: NAN-APW-HNL: J Cabin (by abrelosojos Oct 23 2011 in Trip Reports)

But do you know that you can do time traveling as well in open air in Córdoba or Corduba as the city was called after being founded by the Romans in 152 BC?

Imagine yourself as a proud Roman warrior arriving at Puente Romano, a much restored Roman bridge which formed part of the old medieval walls that are reputed to have been some twenty two kilometers in length.


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Puente Romano



Walking up the bridge and meeting admirers.


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Japanese tourists



Towards La Puerta del Puente which was redesigned by Hernán Ruiz III in the sixteenth century to mark the visit of Philip II to Córdoba.



La Puerta del Puente



‘Just a moment! Are we not going too fast?’ My conscience Ariel protested.
‘Ah, Ariel! Nice to know that you are around. No worries! With time traveling, you can turn back time. How about being a scholar who frequented Abd ar-Rahman III’s court sometime after AD 711 when Córdoba fell to the Islamic invaders?’



Mezquita



Imagine being together with your Jewish and Christian schoolmates watching ritual ablutions of Muslim schoolmates before prayer at Patio de los Naranjos.


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Patio de los Naranjos



Under the shadow of the crowning glory of the complex.



The Minaret



The minaret towered 48 meter at its peak. Sadly, only 22 meter of it still survives.

‘Can we visit the Mezquita as well?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Of course. Let’s do that at 08.30 as the entrance is free and groups are not admitted until 10.00,’
‘That early?’
‘Yes. We will better see why the Mezquita’s architecture was revolutionary for its time,’


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Prayer hall



The terracotta-and-white striped arches suggested a hallucinogenic forest for date palms, and supported the roof with 856 columns. The columns were a mishmash of material collected from the Visigothic cathedral that had previously occupied the site, Córdoba’s Roman buildings and places as far away as Constatinople.

The Mezquita’s greatest treasure was built by Al-Hakim II.



The Mihrab



In front of Mihrab, Al Hakim II added a new royal prayer enclosure, Maksura, with multiple interwoven arches and lavishly decorated domes.


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One of the Maksura domes



Previously, Mezquita counted 1,293 columns. The missing columns were presumably removed to allow construction of the Capilla Mayor in the sixteenth century upon permission of King Carlos I against the wishes of Córdoba’s city council.



Capilla Mayor



King Carlos I famously regretted with the results. ‘You have built what you or others might have built anywhere, but you have destroyed something that was unique in the world.’



Plaza de la Corredera



‘Could this be the place where King Carlos I tried to forget the Capilla Mayor’s debacle?’ Ariel wondered.


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Overview



‘It could be. This was the site of Córdoba’s Roman amphitheatre, and also the location for horse races, bullfights and Inquisition burnings,’
‘Burnings?’
‘Not anymore and no bullfights either. Instead, you will see locals take out their pets,’


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Pet piglet




Patios Cordobeses



‘Could the locals have invited King Carlos I to their patios to cheer him up?’
‘Probably. The famed patios of Córdoba have provided shade during the heat of summer for centuries,’
‘Which patio could have been King Carlos I’s favorite?’
‘There are too many patios in Córdoba and we cannot ask King Carlos anymore,’
‘Err, how about making a tiny selection of patios and asking our ‘amigo(a)s from A.net?’
‘That is more I like it!’

Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?




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Just tell us while enjoying an evening treat.


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A glass of Rioja, a bread basket and a bowl of chorizo slices


[Edited 2011-11-24 07:06:30]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10636 times:

Seville



While Granada became the last bastion of Al-Andalus, Seville or Sevilla in everyday language became the most important Castilian city by the fourteenth century.

However, King Pedro I maintained an alliance with the Muslim emir of Granada, Mohamed V, who was responsible for much of the Alhambra’s finest decoration.

Do you know that this longstanding alliance resulted in the single most stunning architectural feature in Seville?


Alcázar



‘It is a déjà vu!’ I gasped.
‘What are you talking about?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Just look!’


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Long queue



At busy times of year, it is worth booking ahead for the palatial fortress which has rightfully been listed since 1987 as a part of UNESO World Heritage listed monumental complex along with Cathedral and Archivo de Indias.

After the rather long wait for the entrance tickets, we cheered up by the sight of Patio del León.


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Patio del León



Off the garrison yard of the original Al-Muwarak palace is Sala de la Justicia with beautiful Mudéjar plasterwork.



Plasterwork close-up



And an artesonado (ceiling of interlaced beams with decorative insertions).


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Part of artesonado



After its construction in the 1340s, Christian king Alfonso XI disported here with one of his mistresses, Leonor de Guzmán. She was reportedly the most beautiful woman in Spain.

I can hardly imagine how she might look, but with neighboring Patio del Yeso, the couple must have enjoyed time together.


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Patio del Yeso



‘Dear Heaven!’
‘A déjà vu again?’
‘Yes!’

Mohammed V apparently sent along many of his best artisans when Pedro I created a new palace within Alcázar between 1364 and 1366, thanks to their alliance. The result of this unique synthesis of Iberian Islamic is the crown jewel of Alcázar, Palacio de Don Pedro.



Façade of Palacio de Don Pedro



At the heart of the palace is Patio de las Doncellas surrounded by beautiful arches, plasterwork and tiling.


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Patio de las Doncellas



Do you notice the sunken garden on the picture above? It was uncovered by archaeologists in 2004 from beneath a sixteenth century marble covering.

Still amazed by the detail, we were intrigued by yet another spectacles inside Salón de Embajadores at the end of Patio de las Doncellas.


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Wooden dome symbolizing the universe



With Arco de Pavones futher up which was named after its peacock motifs.


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Arco de Pavones



Another style of architecture art mesmerized us at Salones de Carlos V.



Gothic palace interior



Right outside, Jardin de las Danzas was awaiting.


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Overview of Jardin de las Danzas



Where a friendly host greeted us.


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A peacock



And guided along a passage beneath Salones de Carlos V to Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla.



Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla



Amigo(a)s, the sight somehow reminded me of neighboring Cathedral and Giralda at night.



Cathedral and Giralda towering beside it



‘What about our visit there?’ Ariel became impatient.
‘Well, come along then!’



Cathedral and Giralda



‘Let us create such a building that future generations will take us for lunatic’ the church authorities decided after knocking down the great twelfth century Almohad mosque after 1401 due to its decaying state.

The result is the biggest church in the world measuring 126 meter long and 83 meter wide.


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Cathedral overview



With ninety meter decorative brick tower on the northeastern side, the mosque’s minaret (Giralda).



Giralda



Such awe-inspiring building in its scale, no wonder we were not the only visitors.


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Queue



Look at the immense interior.



Lofty corridor



Inside stands the monumental tomb of Cristóbal Colón.
‘Cristóbal Colón?’
‘Yes. Does the name say anything to you?’
‘Well…’
‘What about Christopher Columbus?’


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Tomb of Christopher Columbus



The tomb contains what were long believed to be the great explorer’s bones, brought there from Cuba in 1899.

‘Do you hear that?’ Ariel whispered as we started our climb up to the belfry of Giralda. ‘Vangelis. Conquest of paradise,’
A series of ramps seemed disappearing steadily beneath us. ‘Hey, I am on horseback!’  
With every beat we came higher.

Upstairs, the refrain joined in.



Bells



Accompanying stunning view of the surroundings.


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Calle Mateos Gago with white cars parked along it


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Green oases of Alcázar Gardens on the background


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Plaza del Triunfo on the bottom left


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Archivo de Indias partially hidden behind the Cathedral’s rooftop



‘The refrain is fading,’ Ariel whispered. ‘It is time to leave. Time to recall our impressions the appropriate way,’


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A jug of Sangria



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10626 times:

Ronda



‘Did I have sangria too much?’
‘How am I supposed to know? One thing I can tell you though. What you see is for real,’ Ariel said.



Puente Nuevo over El Tajo Gorge



The towering stone bridge separates the old and new towns of Ronda. This most spectacular town of Málaga province was established in the ninth century BC.


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New towns on the left and old towns on the right viewed from Puente Nuevo



Apart from being one of Spain’s oldest towns, Ronda also houses one of the oldest and most revered bullrings in Spain, Plaza de Toros.


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Interior overview



Built by Martin Aldehuela at sixty six meter in diameter, it is the largest and, therefore, most dangerous bullring. Blood-spattered costumes worn by Pedro Romero and 1990s star Jesulín de Ubrique are displayed as confronting evidence at on-site Museo Taurino.  




Hotel Rural Molino del Puente



Mi casa es tu casa. My home is your home.


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Hotel overview



Ian, Elaine and family have indeed moved up to Ronda eight years ago, but with twenty year living experience in Spain, they do know the art of hospitality.


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Our room with double bed


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Jacuzzi and shower



Ian’s specialty was by no means to be sneezed at.


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Simmered lamb and couscous



Which made me regret, ‘Why did we stay only for one night?’  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10629 times:

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport






‘Could Bruce Fairbanks be the descendant of Seville’s church authority member?’ Ariel wondered once we arrived on the second floor of Terminal 3.


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Lift shaft under the roof



‘I do not know. But I know why the question. The lift shaft is like a chapel inside a cathedral,’
“Shall we?” Herman beckoned.
“Sure,”

Our walkway to the first floor revealed more of mesmerizing architecture of this particular terminal which was opened on 15 March 2010 by King Juan Carlos.


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Right curbside



Another masterpiece was waiting for us inside.


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Public hall overview. Note the glass wall


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Check-in area overview



With eighty six check-in counters, we needed FIDS to locate our counter.
‘Really? How come?’ Ariel became sharp.
‘Alright! I did not do my homework properly,’



FIDS




Airport check in



The counters were not yet opened as we got there, though it was 10.50 already.


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Unmanned counters. Note the passage on each side



Five minutes later, Iberia customer service agent Macarena arrived.
“The counter will be opened in five minutes,” She notified us while preparing the two counters for our flight.
“Alright,”


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322 for Club Europe and 323 for check-in assistance



More fellow passengers were lining up behind us. But yet, our queue was nothing compared to others.


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People all over the place on our left



In the meantime, Macarena had everything set behind counter 323.
“You may come forward. But if Business Class passengers arrive, they will be attended,”
“Okay,”
We were attended anyway as there were no premium passengers in sight.

“Your final destination is Amsterdam?”
“Correct,”
“And you have two pieces of luggage to check in?”
“No, just one,”
“Oh, I see two pieces on my screen. Let me just correct it for you,”

Herman looked at me. “Why have you done that?”
“I am not sure whether our suitcase will be overweight,”
The scale indicated twenty three kilograms. Our joint suitcase was coincidentally packed to single passenger’s maximum allowance.  

“Your plane will be landed at 13.00. But we will board at 13.00 anyway,” Macarena said while returning our documents. “Enjoy your flight,”
“Thank you,”

We were processed just in time as Macarena noticed a man standing in front of counter 322.
“Business class?”
“Yes,”
Indeed, this premium passenger got attended before fellow Economy passenger behind us. But hey, we got our boarding passes, did we not?  



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My boarding pass. Note the missing gate number



“Shall we go inside?” Herman suggested.
“Sure. I would love to do some spotting. We have plenty of time,”
“Well, I am thinking more of shopping,”
“As you wish,”


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Queues before security control



Again, we chose the wrong lane. Others moved up quickly, but ours. Still we made airside after five minutes. Good job on this, AGP!   




Schengen area




FIDS. Sorry for the reflection



“Darn, still another hour to find out our gate,”
“How about checking the duty free?”
“Just let’s do it. The shopping area is right on our opposite anyway,”


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Duty free ‘chapel’ of T3 ‘cathedral’



“I wanna boom bang bang with your body-o
We're gonna rough it up before we take it slow
Girl let me rock you rock you like a rodeo
It's gonna be a bumpy ride…”

‘Mohombi’s Bumpy ride!’ Ariel broke the silence as we entered the shopping area. ‘What is the occasion? Hey, look there!’


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Dancing couple



“I'm gonna pull you over, pull you under
Make your body surrender to mine, heeeee hooooo…”



Our purchase



The couple was indeed performing in front of Jameson, but we made our body surrender to Famous Grouse. 



Amigo(a)s, let me show you something,


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Four Arrows Food & Beer Pub facade



Do you remember the very first photo on my report? If you know where it belongs to, you deserve this.



A pint of Guinness



Heineken for all I care. It will be yours anyway.   

Just sit back and enjoy what we have got for you.


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Easyjet G-EZTY


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Aeroflot VP-BRY


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Swiss HB-IOL, dedicated to Gabriel (Gabrielchew) and Philip (OA260). 27th January 2008 and 8th December 2010?


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Monarch G-OJMR, dedicated to Eric (Airbuseric), Martijn (CrimsonNL) and Matt (DunaA320)



At 12.45, something sleek in distinguished livery touched down.
“Dear Heaven!” I gave a cry by this sight. Unintentionally loud that a father and his toddler who were enjoying the view just nearby, turned their face to me.
“Sorry,”


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Hazy view of G-LCYM



G-LCYM rolled towards the end of the runway and became out of sight.
‘The gate must be announced by now,’ Ariel whispered.



FIDS. Note the delayed Germanwings



“Our plane has arrived. Shall we go to the gate now?” I notified Herman.
“Do you know our gate number?”
“Yes, C thirty two,”


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Border control before C pier



There were some passengers being attended at the border control. So, we decided to wait. It was just a matter of seconds though.



Gate C32



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Gate screen



Macarena and her colleague were already at the gate. It was still 12.55, five minutes before indicated boarding time. But it did not make any difference for some fellow passengers.


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Boarding queue




Boarding



“Enjoy your flight,” Macarena said after the boarding pass reader flashed green.
“Thank you,” I stepped onto the walkway.


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C32 walkway



I got funny feeling. ‘Could this be… ?’


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IB bus



‘… a bus gate? Yes!’  

However, it happened to be the only bus deployed for our flight.


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Interior view. Packed to the brim



But it did not matter with my strategic position. Another surprise was even waiting.


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G-YMMB, dedicated to Palmjet. 3rd December 2010?



As we got closer to the remote apron next to General Aviation Terminal, the silhouette of G-LCYM came in sight. I had my camera at the ready, but in all sudden, our bus stopped some thirty meters away of G-LCYM.

Three disabled passengers obviously still had to disembark which delayed our boarding for another ten minutes. In the meantime, I could not help murmuring. ‘Embraer jet, so close, but yet untouchable,’

As the bus doors eventually slid open, I was in cloud nine, ‘I am about to lose my virginity to this beauty, familiar to Gabriel and Palmjet!’
Amigo(a)s, I made grateful use of being the last to leave the bus!  





Wing shot, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67)


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Is it an E-jet? Yes, it is!


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Forward view



Tail shot


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10633 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: AGP-LCY
Date: 23 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 13.10 / 13.40
ETA/ATA: 14.55 / 15.10
Flight number: BA 8488
Plane: Embraer 190LR
Registration: G-LCYM
Delivered: 29 May 2010
Flight deck: Captain David Horrige



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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Matthieu Douhaire




We were welcomed by friendly cabin crew member Louise. She was in charge of Euro Traveller. Her colleague, cabin manager Sharon, was in charge of Club Europe.

I hardly believed that I was on board of E-jet even with full sight of our seats.



25A and B. Our sanctuary



“Oh, it is a small plane!”
By this remark of a fellow passenger, how could I possibly deny?

I was amazed by the roomy 2-2 seating arrangement.


Decent legroom



Talking about legroom, my seat has been the best I ever experienced for the last row. Even Herman was impressed by his.


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Rooms to spare



By the way, row 25 is marked as an emergency exit row. Could this be the reason of the great legroom? Anyway, the whole interior looked immaculate.


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Overhead panel


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Cabin view



Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?



2L door was closed just before 13.30. 1L closure followed couple minutes later.

Captain Horrige was on the microphone, “Good afternoon, this is your captain speaking. We are still waiting for the permission to start the engine,”

We did not have to wait long though as the GE-CF34 engines came to life at 13.30. Oh dear, somehow the GE engines were humming Pitbull’s sultry Calle Ocho.

“I know you want me
You know I want cha
I know you want me
You know I want cha…”

Safety demonstration was interesting. A pre-recorded tape was played while Sharon and Louise performed the manual demonstration. As usual, they advised us to consult the safety cards at any time.



Front page with six languages. Note E190SR version


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Instructions for during the taxi and emergency landing



Instructions for emergency landing in the water




Taxi



At 13.40, G-LCYM started moving towards 13 runway marking and became second to delayed 4U D-AKNU in sequence.


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4U D-AKNU dedicated to Marius (Luftfahrer). 13th May 2010?



D-AKNU performed an unusual long take-off roll. I wonder if the flight deck crew just gave up the idea of catching up with the delay.

G-LCYM got the permission to enter the runway once D-AKNU was no more in sight.


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Lining up




Take off



G-LCYM gradually accelerated without increasing sound level. Ariel tried to follow the sequence.
‘V one…. V… what?’


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Rotate



G-LCYM lifted off just not even using 1,300 meter out of 3,200 meter runway of AGP! Her steep climb revealed the surroundings, though rather foggy.


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Terminal 2. Note the new runway construction on the background



The fog however became thicker.


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Guadelmar


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Sierra Nevada


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Torre del Mar




In flight



Interestingly, some two minutes after the lift-off, I heard unbuckling sound from the back. Louise got herself ready for the cabin service. So might Sharon as well.

Louise was on the microphone, “We will start our cabin service. You can enjoy our freshly prepared sandwich, tea, coffee and full bar service,”

Five minutes later, sandwiches were distributed.


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Louise in action



“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.  

“Pickle and cheese, Sir?” She smiled by the time she reached our row.
How could I say no?  



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Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread


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Rich filled sandwich



“How do you like it?” Herman asked.
“The silky pickle calmed down your palate at every burst of the cheddar. The bread is a tad dry but it sees to a tiny break between the flavor explosion. I love it!”

In the meantime, Louise carried on the bar service.



Drink trolley with wooden panels.



Herman was attended first.
“What would you like to drink, Sir?”
“Red wine, please,”



Herman’s Spanish red



“How about you, Sir?” Louise turned to me.
“Can I have gin and tonic, please?”
“Would you like ice and lemon in it?”
“Yes, please,”


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My G&T. Cheers, Gabriel, Jonas (LH4116)



The sky cleared up a bit as G-LCYM was cruising above Spanish interior.


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Madrid Barajas airport



After tea and coffee service some fifteen minutes later, Louise disappeared into Club Europe cabin, presumably to assist Sharon.

‘When the cat is away, the mice will play!’ Ariel whispered.
‘Behave, Ariel! How could you say that? But, thanks for pointing out the opportunity,’



Aft galley



Mini lavatory



I did not realize that Louise was busy with rubbish collection.

At one stage, my photo-taking caught her attention.
“Is everything okay?”
“Oh, yes, it is lovely. I just want to document my travel experience,”
“I just want to make sure that everything is okay,”
“Well, thank you,”

As Louise was about to distribute the landing cards, I did not want to get longer in her way and returned to my seat.

The weather was clear, so why should I not take advantage of my window seat?  



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Noirmoutier-en-I’lle hidden behind frost flowers


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Montoir airport


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French coastline between Cancale and Granville


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Jersey



At 15.50, Captain Horrige was on the microphone to announce our landing within twenty minutes.

‘Really? That soon?’ Ariel was surprised.
‘Apparently. Time flies when you are having fun,’

Some five minutes later, G-LCYM made landfall.


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Town of Hastings




Landing (UK time)



Fasten seat belt signs were illuminated as G-LCYM was set for the landing position. The view was rather unfamiliar.


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Queen Elizabeth II bridge



But that was a good sign. London City Airport was indeed ahead!  



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Thamesmead West


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Flare with North Woolwich on the background



Finally, la moment supreme at 15.10.


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Touch down



G-LCYM rolled graciously towards the end of the runway while introducing her sister.


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G-LCYN, our ride to AMS



Showing more of the surroundings.


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Central railway station


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G-EUNB



Before coming to a stop at 15.15.


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Terminal building. Note the arrival doors



Soon enough, everyone was free to get off.


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Cabin rush




Disembarking



At farewell, Louise lead us to amazing apron view. It was like being on a podium of beauty pageant.


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One of many beauties around, sister ship G-LCYO



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10618 times:

London City Airport






Eric (Airbuseric)’s Compare VLM With Cityjet? RTM-LCY // LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Aug 23 2009 in Trip Reports) required caution of photography. But, the sight of our beauty was just too tempting.


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Dedicated to Gabriel and Palmjet



‘Are we not supposed to go through the border control?’ Ariel wondered a little while later.
‘We have done that!’
‘Oh really? I did not realize it,’
‘It must have been one of the advantages of tiny airport. Shall we?’



Signage



Surprisingly, we found ourselves inside public area.


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Check-in area overview



LCY’s compact design does not seem to allow any separate transfer area, but I do not mind at all. In fact, it makes the check-in area suitable for a short meet up with amigo(a)s from UK.

“Are we going for departure?” Herman wondered.
“We have got our onward boarding passes already. So yes, what are we waiting for?”


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My boarding pass



Past automatic boarding pass control, we were subject to security check which took some ten minutes as the official was really interested in our purchase from AGP.



Post security



Airside turned out to be a huge lounge area.


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Overview



How could you deny being in a lounge once you looked at FIDS?


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FIDS



“How about having some drinks?” Herman suggested while pointing at Rhubarb.
“Good idea,”
“A big glass of Amstel would be nice for me,”
“Alright. Let’s see what they have further on offer,“


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My Stella Artois and Herman’s Amstel



Stella Artois is indeed Belgian. But hey, as long as it was not Heineken or any other Dutch brand, I did not care. Too bad, Rhubarb was not the place to be for spotting.

We should have walked further inside.


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Central hall. Note the spotting bar at the end



To have this window view much earlier.


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Cityjet EI-WXA



Around 16.30, gate 21 was displayed for our flight.

“Our gate has been announced,” I notified Herman.
“Just say you desperately want to go there,”
Herman knew me too well!  




Gate signage. Note the odd numbering




Gate 21



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Gate screen



‘Beep!’ I was legal to enter the coziest holding room I ever experienced.


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Holding area



And another perfect place for spotting!


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G-LCYJ, dedicated to Matt. 26th July 2010?


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EI-RJF, dedicated to Tim (Vandenheuvel)




Boarding



As common boarding was announced at 16.45, in all sudden, the dark leather couches did not feel comfortable anymore.


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Boarding crowd




Surprisingly, there was no rush at all among fellow passengers. Everyone leisurely walked on the tarmac to the 700th E-jet ever built, G-LCYN.

The weather was perfect for photography. Darn, why did I have to be too discrete? Amigo(a)s, I am sorry that I do not have any other pre-entrance photo than this.



Tail shot



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10619 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: LCY-AMS
Date: 23 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 17.05 / 17.05
ETA/ATA: 19.15 / 19.10
Flight number: BA 8459
Plane: Embraer 190LR
Registration: G-LCYN
Delivered: 10 November 2010
Flight deck: Captain Ed Kenney



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Photo © Sven Ole Niwek





“Good afternoon,”
“Your boarding pass, please?” Cabin crew member Francisco replied.
“Thank you,” He returned our boarding passes after a quick glance and turned to passengers behind us.

Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

For a change, we selected the right side.



Our row



Amigo(a)s, should I tell you who got the window seat?   




Legroom. Note the coat hook on the right



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Forward cabin view



Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s



At 16.50, 2L door was closed. 1L closure followed five minutes later.

Captain Kenney was on the microphone to inform us the flight details including flight time of thirty five minutes.  Wow!

G-LCYN was still waiting for the clearance at the end of his announcement. Much to my spotting delight!  



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D-AECG. Nice to see you again since last 19th August 2010 in Munich


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G-ZAPK



As soon as our clearance was granted, Francisco performed manual safety demonstration in our cabin while in-flight cabin manager Sharon took charge of Club Europe.



Taxi



‘I did not know LCY was that pedestrian friendly!’ Ariel remarked as G-LCYN was about to complete her backtrack.
‘What do you mean?’
‘Look!’


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Turning. Note the pedestrian walkway



‘And look over there!’


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Entering the runway. Note the campus building of University of East London


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Lining up. Note Dockalands and Tate and Lyle sugar factory on the side of the water



‘Do you know what? I just let you in peace. Enjoy your moments now!’ Ariel retreated.



Take off



Indeed, how I missed these moments earlier at LGW.


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Powerful take-off roll



This might be not typical LGW view, but what do you think of this just after 900 meter spot of 1,508 meter runway?


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Power climb



Then turning east towards AMS?


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London 2012 Olympic Stadium with surrounding Olympic park


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LCY overview




In flight



Not even five minutes after our lift-off at 17.05, Francisco already started snack distribution.


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Francisco in action



All Day Deli was on menu without any further bar service.


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All Day Deli



It consisted a packet of each savory and sweet snack and a cup of mineral water.


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Indian korma snacks



Not mildly spiced, but fiery, just how I wanted korma to be. Do you believe me if every bite of it reminded me of korma dish I had last February in India?  



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Honeycomb biscuits dipped in chocolate



The biscuit’s moist texture and sweetness saw for nice transition and at the same time accompanied joyful munching sensation towards the finish. All washed down by refreshing drink.


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Still mineral water



While enjoying the view.


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Town of West Mersea and Mersea quarters



The rubbish was not collected immediately as Francisco had to assist Sharon at Club Europe. But, the All Day Deli packing came with a hole on one edge to serve a particular purpose.



Rubbish ready for collection from the coat hook



At 17.30, Francisco returned to collect the rubbish bags and what a speed, thanks to the handy packing design!  

Soon enough, Captain Kenney was on the microphone to announce our descent from cruising altitude of 25,000 feet towards sunny AMS at sixteen Centigrade.



Landing (Dutch time)



At 18.45, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.

“Can I have the camera? I have to capture something,”
I passed our camera on and Herman quickly moved to the other side of the plane.


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Offshore wind park North Sea



G-LCYN was indeed approaching Netherlands.  



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Ijmuiden


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Dunes near Egmond


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Egmond-Binnen



G-LCYN banked sharp to the right which could only mean one thing. Landing at Polderbaan for the third time in sequence of this year!


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Touch down at 18.55



During fifteen minute trek to the terminal, I could not take any decent picture due to backlighting. We were seated on the wrong side thanks to my own stupid mistake!   

While I tried to put up with the situation, Mr. 24C got impatient and started playing with his IPad.

Fransisco immediately approached him, “Sir, you have to switch it off!”
Mr. 24C mumbled something back.
“It is the regulation, Sir. You really have to switch it off!”
Mr. 24C obeyed at the end as soon as he realized that Fransisco did not budge an inch.

At 19.10, G-LCYN came to a complete stop next to a home beauty who patiently waited for Palmjet after his E-jet adventure last 1 November 2010.


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KLM PH-BXZ




Disembarking



The ritual started all over again, though more civilized.


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Cabin rush



While waiting for our turn, I entered into a conversation with Fransisco.

Do you know what? He was nice after all!  

“Are you going to write about us?”
“Sure,”
Fransisco just smiled upon my reply.
“Well, it is free now,”

The flow was indeed gone. Time for us to say goodbye to Fransisco and Sharon.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10602 times:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Somehow I was not too excited by this sight.


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Border control



Our Andalucía adventure came to an end.  


‘Always look at the bright side of life, Suryo’ I suddenly heard a whisper.
‘Thank you. For reminding me,’



Conclusion



Amigo(a)s, if you ask me what the bright side of my life will be, it is the opportunity to discover the world and making friends with companion of Herman, my partner.

My first gratitude goes to Herman for everything including his valuable photographical contributions.

Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. I genuinely invite you to read them:

The Innsbruck Experience - 2 A.netters In Austria (by infodesk Nov 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Up The North Till Narvik And Kiruna (by FLIEGER67 Nov 20 2011 in Trip Reports)

My further gratitude to all BA’s customer service agents, cabin managers and crew members for the memorable journey, in particular Captain Anderson, First Officer Slede, Yasmine, Ian, Leanne and Louise.

My gratitude to Ian and Elaine for making us feel at home in Ronda.

To all of you for your replies, 717Flyer, (Matthew)767747, Alex (Abrelosojos), aflyingkiwi, Eric (Airbuseric), Lee (AlwaysOnAPlane), Alan (amax1977), Mark (Ba319-131), Burj, CaptainRed, Martijn (CrimsonNL), Matt (DunaA320), eastafspot, flightsimboy, P. (FlyingFinn76), Gabriel (gabrielchew), Jezrel (JetBlue777), Fabrizio (JL418), JOE777, William (Knightsofmalta), Leo (LFutia), Jonas (LH4116), Daniel (LH4532), Luke (lukeboy95), TEW (luv2fly), lychemsa, Mohammed (malioil), Mohit (mk777), Marc (MSS658), Philip (OA260), Palmjet, Robert (parton87), PlaneHunter, Roy (Quokka), Roger (ROGERBCN), Roni (ronerone), RvXKaz , signol, Blaž (SloAir), Anosh (SR 103), Stiptica, Nils (Sultanils), taichen, Lars (The777Man) and Nick (TravelsUK).

And all others for reading my reports.


If you are interested in my earlier reports, do not hesitate to read them:


Love At First Sight: An Emirates Story From AMS (by akhmad Mar 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India: Dubai To Delhi And Beyond (by akhmad Apr 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Along Rajasthan Back To Dubai (by akhmad Apr 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Dubai-Amsterdam: A Tribute To Friendship (by akhmad Jun 3 2011 in Trip Reports)

A.net Meeting In FRA? Thank You Lufthansa! (by akhmad Jul 21 2011 in Trip Reports)

Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA (by akhmad Oct 18 2011 in Trip Reports)


I sincerely hope that you enjoy my report. Please feel free to write your comments and suggestions.


Un abrazo,
Suryo



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 502 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10543 times:
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Hi Suryo,

thanks for this masterpiece of writing.
First of all RIP to all beloved persons, that can't be with us any more.
Your pictures of the sights of Andalucia are really spectacular and I especially like El Rondo.
Also nice to have a view again on AGP airport, as I was there in spring this year.
The service on Cityflyer looks very good and LCY is always a breeze.
Also I find the seat comfort better on the E-Jets than on 737s and A32Xs but thats just my opinion.

Thanks again a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10513 times:

Lovely report, thanks, and great timing. I'm on BA 8488 in 15 days time! (routing LGW-AGP-LCY, following you!) Great photos of Andalucia as well. I'm stuck deciding what to do with my one full day from Malaga (I have a car)....Granada, Seville, Ronda or Cordoba?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Swiss HB-IOL, dedicated to Gabriel (Gabrielchew) and Philip (OA260). 27th January 2008 and 8th December 2010?

Hm, impressive that you found that! I had to go back and check my records! Indeed I flew her
LHR-ZRH
.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Talking about legroom, my seat has been the best I ever experienced for the last row. Even Herman was impressed by his.

Very good legroom. Do the seats in the back row have full recline as well? What was the load?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Registration: G-LCYM

I clocked this one was well last December in the snow GLA-LCY.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.

Was there any other choice, or just cheddar and pickle?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

“How about you, Sir?” Louise turned to me.
“Can I have gin and tonic, please?”

Good choice  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
All Day Deli was on menu without any further bar service.

I think LCY-AMS is the only flight on the BA network without a bar service....funny that they can manage on the AMS-LGW/LHR sectors, but not LCY.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):


I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

RIP

[Edited 2011-11-24 06:45:54]


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-JMK,JTR-LHR-WAW,MSQ-FRA-EZE,IGR-EZE-CUN,MEX-FRA-LCY,LHR-TXL-LHR
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10353 times:

Hola Suryo!

Impressed to say the least!

What a wonderful beginning dedicating the Trip Report to your godmother... a very nice touch.

Visiting in some days Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Sevilla is one of the most impressive trips you can take in Europe, great and really beautiful towns; Sevilla, one of my favorite cities, is a great place, truly beautiful and great to visit. I am most impressed by the pictures you took and all the patios you had a pick at... they are really beautiful places, especially during the summer months, which could be quite hot in the South. Ronda hosts an XVIIIc. bullfighting festival at the end of September, Corrida Goyesca, when the city blooms in style.

You ended your trip in true style, flying an E90 to LCY must be one of the best ways to finish a trip as yours.

Fantastic.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2011-11-24 07:39:37]


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10056 times:
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Hey Akhmad,

Thanks for the great report. Looks like you had two nice flights back with BA. I'm impressed with the service on the EMB-190's ... looks pretty good.

Looking forward to your next trip - Andalucia is a place that looks amazing to visit!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10054 times:

Hi Suryo!

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures! Nice with the dedication to your godmother, may she and other recent departed souls rest in peace.

Amazing pictures from Spain ! I really need to go there sometime! Perhaps late next year; I just have a lot of trips planned before that...... 

I guess I prefer the second of the three patios you pictured!

Nice that you flew via LCY on the EMB-190! It's a great airplane and the take off experience from LCY seems to be great with a really strong acceleration.

Can't wait for your next report !

I hope to see you at BER in June ?

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5012 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9903 times:

Hoj, Suryo,

what a superb detailed story.
How should one buy a travel book when there is such a detailed and well pictured story around.
You should offer it to the Andalucian tourist bureau.
And you know, I like you´re writing style with you´re fellow travellers Herman and also Ariel, for sure good company and
always the way to fit in some interesting communication this way, really well done, Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

Really nice words and what a well written dedication. I´am with you, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

More nice words, warm welcomed to follow this, really good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

Number two is my choice, definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

‘Do you hear that?’ Ariel whispered as we started our climb up to the belfry of Giralda. ‘Vangelis. Conquest of paradise,’

That fits, I feel some shudder coming up.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Wing shot, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67)

I like it this way, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?

We should be there, definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

So it feels like.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s

Another one for us.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. I genuinely invite you to read them:

Warm welcomed, I´am really pride to read this.

Best greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9801 times:

Hi Suryo!

Another beautiful tripreport of yours!

Nice to read about your return journey. After I had to change my booking so I couldn't fly to LCY in September, I have now booked another flight to experience this very special airport. So if everything goes as planned, I'll be flying into LCY in March.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Odd enough, how hard I was trying, I could only recall, ‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’ and nothing else.

That's a great advice, and I'm sure she appreciates you dedicating this report to her.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

I think I'll have to say the second one.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our walkway to the first floor revealed more of mesmerizing architecture of this particular terminal which was opened on 15 March 2010 by King Juan Carlos.

Wow, that's a really cool looking terminal.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Madrid Barajas airport

Ahh, always nice to see an airport during cruise!

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9519 times:

Hi Suryo,

amazing report full of high quality pictures - "as usual" I have to add, because you always create outstanding reports!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Good choice, Suryo. Your found the right words.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread

Hm, that cannot impress me...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

Well, I'd simply say "reserved"...


PH

[Edited 2011-11-24 21:07:10]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9306 times:

Hi Suryo,

once again you have produced a masterpiece of literature, a delight to read. Thank you! A perfect follow-on from the first part.

Thanks again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9259 times:
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Hola Suryo!

Wow, that was a really pleasant story! Great pics of those magnificent sights you've visited in Spain. Although Spain is not my n°1 holiday country, I found those places quite impressive. I'm delighted as well to read you have finally lost your 'jungle jet' virginity   . Those BA ones look pretty fine indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Japanese tourists

Funny, you find these almost everywhere  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her, I'm sure she must've been honored. May she rest in peace and be in your mind forever Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla

Great photo with that reflection.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Public hall overview. Note the glass wall

Impressive, but still it's not MAD's T4 lol!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Hazy view of G-LCYM

Quite an appropriate registration.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Is it an E-jet? Yes, it is!

Hurrah! An E-jet sent by E-mail?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Note E190SR version

Any idea what this 'SR' typing means.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Finally, la moment supreme at 15.10.

I don't want to nitpick you Suryo, but it's le moment suprême  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My Stella Artois

At least they serve decent beer there!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tail shot

Great one Suryo, or should I say Herman? And a perfect eyecatcher and opener for the report!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Nils (Sultanils)

Thanks, the pleasure is mine.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 422 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9170 times:

Hi Suryo ... amigo Stipica calling !

beautiful and very educational trip report ... you really know how to sell things ... right timing, great photos, historical motivating topics , oiliness and kindness ...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?


for me fusion between No.2 and No.3 ... but one ... ok No.2

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
But, the All Day Deli packing came with a hole on one edge to serve a particular purpose.

packing packing packing ... how many packing for a small snack ... horror

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Stiptica

my name is very rare in Croatia and with your intervention I am totaly exotic .... hmmm but ... Sti ( the first three letters of my name) ... plus ...ptica (means birds in croatian) ... the result is that I have a new profile name hihhihiihih   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Thank you Suryo very thoughtful of you
I am big fan stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9165 times:

Hi Suryo,
Having completed my last exam of 2011 today I was looking for something really enjoyable to read this evening. And indeed the report on your return journey from amazing Andalucía fitted in perfectly! Thank you for this experience!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

I am sorry to hear this. Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her and may she rest in peace.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, will you join me and Herman along Iberian Peninsula to see something like this?

Well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have ended up here leaving a comment!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Indeed, Alex (Abrelosojos) did time traveling in the air

I always find a bit of magic in flying HEL-ARN as you may leave at 8.00 a.m. and arrive at 7.50 a.m. - quite a fast flight!
You of course gave the word "time travel" a whole new meaning in this report, something I can only thank you for.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Just a moment! Are we not going too fast?’ My conscience Ariel protested.

Well, Markus has Mr. S. and now I've learned about Ariel. I feel alone, perhaps I should end this one-man-operation and get some company for my next trip. But we'll see what I come up with for my next report.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

All three are amazingly beautiful, but somehow the second one is filled with peace of mind. I'd love to, one day, have a patio like that.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Amigo(a)s, the sight somehow reminded me of neighboring Cathedral and Giralda at night.

What a wonderful picture!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
With eighty six check-in counters, we needed FIDS to locate our counter.
‘Really? How come?’ Ariel became sharp.
‘Alright! I did not do my homework properly,’

But Suryo, how could you?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“Business class?”
“Yes,”
Indeed, this premium passenger got attended before fellow Economy passenger behind us.

Makes me remember the fact that in a couple of weeks I'll be flying in "business class" for the first time ever...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Again, we chose the wrong lane.

..and I'll be allowed to use the the Fast Track security lane  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
In the meantime, I could not help murmuring. ‘Embraer jet, so close, but yet untouchable,’

Indeed the Embraer looks gorgeous! Myself I still haven't flown on the Embraer 170 or 190, but the ERJ-145 is more familiar to me. I remember how excited I was (even though that plane wasn't even close to as shiny as the BA examples you scored).

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_8244.jpg

(Sorry, I couldn't resist to add a picture of it...)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘I am about to lose my virginity to this beauty, familiar to Gabriel and Palmjet!’

Next time it would perhaps be suitable to lose the 717 virginity, don't you think?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?
There's always a seat for an A.netter on a plane.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Eric (Airbuseric)’s Compare VLM With Cityjet? RTM-LCY // LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Aug 23 2009 in Trip Reports) required caution of photography. But, the sight of our beauty was just too tempting.
Looking absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine!

>
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
To all of you for your replies, 717Flyer

It has been my pleasure to follow your Andalucían adventure and I am looking forward to many other inspiring stories that the future has in store.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Our Andalucía adventure came to an end.

Then it's time for you to start thinking your next trip, don't you think?

Once again, Muchas gracias , Suryo.

Regards,
717Flyer


User currently offlinemk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9103 times:

what a great dedication suryo.

I loved the beautiful pics from your trip to the iberian peninsula...great amalgamation of muslim and catholic architecture.

BA didn't disappoint. I was just wondering what are those number markers on the tail wing on the E190??

Looks like you both had an awesome trip and i loved reading every bit of it.

Thanks for sharing.

regards,
Mohit



come fly with me
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9017 times:

Hi Suryo,

A masterpiece, as all your reports are.

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos of Andalucia with us, it makes me want to go and book a trip there right away. I love the way you have taken the time to mention so many fellow members in this report and for you to research which aircraft they have flown on, that is dedication for you! (And thank you for not forgetting the female readers with your amigo(a)s!!)

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

I think there must be a few smiling faces up there, after all the dedications they have received the last few days.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

Number 2, very classy!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Accompanying stunning view of the surroundings

I particularly like the colourful buildings and that rooftop swimming pool.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Sure. I would love to do some spotting. We have plenty of time,”
“Well, I am thinking more of shopping,”

Sounds like a fair distribution of activities!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It was still 12.55, five minutes before indicated boarding time. But it did not make any difference for some fellow passengers.

Ah you know, Suryo, the Brits always like to queue  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?

Missing out on some fun, so it seems!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.

That is a new way to promote them. „Mayo & tuna, salad & ham etc.“, sounds strange, doesn’t it?! Still, the sandwich looks very tasty.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, should I tell you who got the window seat?

I’m guessing you & Herman have a similar arrangement to me & my husband. That means, I always get the window seat!

The all day deli you got served on the LCY-AMS seems like a good soultion for such a short hop, a little like the goodie bag on AB between BCN-PMI.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s

It brings back memories of my first E70 flights, on the way to and from Paris to travel on the A380. Pretty much every other seat taken, except for the aisle seats on the last row, me & Markus by the windows!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Always look at the bright side of life, Suryo’ I suddenly heard a whisper.
‘Thank you. For reminding me,’

Suryo, you’ll have me crying in a minute!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, if you ask me what the bright side of my life will be, it is the opportunity to discover the world and making friends with companion of Herman, my partner.


What beautiful words.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. genuinely invite you to read them:

Suryo, how sweet of you. What more can I say?

Thank you once again for a fantastic read. When's your next trip?  

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, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8985 times:

Querido(a) Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Matthew, Lars, Markus, Martin, PH, Signol, Nils, stipica, 717Flyer, Mohit, Hannah,


Thank you so much for your replies. I am overwhelmed.


Markus, Hannah:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Warm welcomed, I´am really pride to read this.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Suryo, how sweet of you. What more can I say?

It just feels appropriate for me to do that.


Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Lars, PH, Nils, 717Flyer, Mohit:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Your pictures of the sights of Andalucia are really spectacular and I especially like El Rondo.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Great photos of Andalucia as well.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
I am most impressed by the pictures you took and all the patios you had a pick at...
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Fantastic report with fantastic pictures!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
amazing report full of high quality pictures
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Great photo with that reflection.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
What a wonderful picture!
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
I loved the beautiful pics from your trip to the iberian peninsula...great amalgamation of muslim and catholic architecture.

Thank you. Herman gets the credit for the pictures.


Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Matthew, Martin, Signol, Nils, Mohit, Hannah:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Thanks again a lot for sharing.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Lovely report, thanks,
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Fantastic.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the great report.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Another beautiful tripreport of yours!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Nice to read about your return journey.
Quoting signol (Reply 17):
A perfect follow-on from the first part. Thanks again!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Wow, that was a really pleasant story! Great pics of those magnificent sights you've visited in Spain.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
Looks like you both had an awesome trip and i loved reading every bit of it.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
Thanks for sharing.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos of Andalucia with us,

You are welcome. It has been a great pleasure.


Johannes, Roger, PH, Signol, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
thanks for this masterpiece of writing.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Impressed to say the least!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
"as usual" I have to add, because you always create outstanding reports!
Quoting signol (Reply 17):
once again you have produced a masterpiece of literature, a delight to read. Thank you!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I always find a bit of magic in flying HEL-ARN as you may leave at 8.00 a.m. and arrive at 7.50 a.m. - quite a fast flight! You of course gave the word "time travel" a whole new meaning in this report, something I can only thank you for.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
A masterpiece, as all your reports are.

You make me blush. Thank you so much.   



Gabriel, Roger, Lars, Markus, Martin, PH, Nils, Stipica, 717Flyer, Mohit, Hannah:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
RIP
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
What a wonderful beginning dedicating the Trip Report to your godmother... a very nice touch.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice with the dedication to your godmother, may she and other recent departed souls rest in peace.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Really nice words and what a well written dedication. I´am with you, you know.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
That's a great advice, and I'm sure she appreciates you dedicating this report to her.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Good choice, Suryo. Your found the right words.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her, I'm sure she must've been honored. May she rest in peace and be in your mind forever Suryo.
Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
Thank you Suryo very thoughtful of you
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I am sorry to hear this. Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her and may she rest in peace.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
what a great dedication suryo.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I think there must be a few smiling faces up there, after all the dedications they have received the last few days.
Amigo(a)s, thank you. You have brought tears in my eyes.


Matthew, Lars, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Looking forward to your next trip -
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Can't wait for your next report !
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
and I am looking forward to many other inspiring stories that the future has in store.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Then it's time for you to start thinking your next trip, don't you think?
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
When's your next trip?

In March it will be.


Lars, Markus, Martin, Stipica, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I guess I prefer the second of the three patios you pictured!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Number two is my choice, definitely.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I think I'll have to say the second one.
Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
for me fusion between No.2 and No.3 ... but one ... ok No.2
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
All three are amazingly beautiful, but somehow the second one is filled with peace of mind. I'd love to, one day, have a patio like that.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Number 2, very classy!

The majority has spoken.


Markus, PH:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
So it feels like.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Well, I'd simply say "reserved"...

That is fair.


Johannes:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
First of all RIP to all beloved persons, that can't be with us any more.

May they always be in our remembrance.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Also nice to have a view again on AGP airport, as I was there in spring this year.

Nice memory of the airport.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
The service on Cityflyer looks very good and LCY is always a breeze.

I can only agree with you.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Also I find the seat comfort better on the E-Jets than on 737s and A32Xs but thats just my opinion.

I found the seat on 737 equally comfortable as E-jet.


Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
and great timing. I'm on BA 8488 in 15 days time! (routing LGW-AGP-LCY, following you!)

I know you are going to Malaga, but I did not know that LGW was included in your itinerary. Very nice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I'm stuck deciding what to do with my one full day from Malaga (I have a car)....Granada, Seville, Ronda or Cordoba?

Ronda. It is perfect for a day trip. Take the scenic route and some of your surroundings will be like these.


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2423.jpg


A lone tree along A-366 between Ronda and El Burgo


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2443.jpg


Cancho de la Pepa taken from A-366


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2573.jpg


View from Mirador del Guarda Forestal


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Hm, impressive that you found that! I had to go back and check my records! Indeed I flew her LHR-ZRH.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I clocked this one was well last December in the snow GLA-LCY.

Hence the dedication.  



Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Do the seats in the back row have full recline as well?

To be honest, I did not try it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
What was the load?

Some ten seats remained unoccupied.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Was there any other choice, or just cheddar and pickle?

It was just cheddar and pickle.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Good choice  

Cheers.  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I think LCY-AMS is the only flight on the BA network without a bar service

I believe you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
funny that they can manage on the AMS-LGW/LHR sectors, but not LCY.

Probably due to the longer block time for LGW and LHR?


Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Visiting in some days Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Sevilla is one of the most impressive trips you can take in Europe, great and really beautiful towns

I strongly agree with you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Sevilla, one of my favorite cities, is a great place, truly beautiful and great to visit.

Mine too along with Granada.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Ronda hosts an XVIIIc. bullfighting festival at the end of September, Corrida Goyesca, when the city blooms in style.

We were apparently too early for the festival.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
You ended your trip in true style, flying an E90 to LCY must be one of the best ways to finish a trip as yours.

E90 and LCY just had to be a part of the whole experience.


Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
I'm impressed with the service on the EMB-190's ... looks pretty good.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Andalucia is a place that looks amazing to visit!

I can only recommend you to visit Andalucía through LCY.


Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Amazing pictures from Spain ! I really need to go there sometime! Perhaps late next year

I encourage you to go to Spain, especially Andalucía.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I just have a lot of trips planned before that......  

Nice to know you are back in business.  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice that you flew via LCY on the EMB-190! It's a great airplane and the take off experience from LCY seems to be great with a really strong acceleration

EMB-190 is just majestic!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I hope to see you at BER in June ?

I will do my best.


Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
what a superb detailed story.
How should one buy a travel book when there is such a detailed and well pictured story around.

How nice to hear that. You are very kind, Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
You should offer it to the Andalucian tourist bureau.

Thank you for the honor. But I prefer offering it to A.net.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
And you know, I like you´re writing style with you´re fellow travellers Herman and also Ariel, for sure good company and
always the way to fit in some interesting communication this way, really well done, Suryo.

The same to you with Mr. S., Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
More nice words, warm welcomed to follow this, really good.

I dedicate it to your father as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
That fits, I feel some shudder coming up.

 


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
I like it this way, you know.

Hence my dedication.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
We should be there, definitely.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Another one for us.

  



Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
After I had to change my booking so I couldn't fly to LCY in September, I have now booked another flight to experience this very special airport. So if everything goes as planned, I'll be flying into LCY in March.

I do hope you will make it to LCY next March.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Wow, that's a really cool looking terminal.

Bruce Fairbanks has done a great design job on T3.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Ahh, always nice to see an airport during cruise!

  



PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Hm, that cannot impress me...

I would be happy to have yours. 



Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Although Spain is not my n°1 holiday country, I found those places quite impressive.

I assume that Spain has become closer to your n°1?   



Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I'm delighted as well to read you have finally lost your 'jungle jet' virginity   . Those BA ones look pretty fine indeed!

Like a virgin… touched for the very first time.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Funny, you find these almost everywhere  

 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Impressive, but still it's not MAD's T4 lol!

If I end up at T4 one day, I would go really MAD


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Quite an appropriate registration.

Exactly my feeling.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Hurrah! An E-jet sent by E-mail?

After an E-booking with E-payment. 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Any idea what this 'SR' typing means.

Short Range, I suppose.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I don't want to nitpick you Suryo, but it's le moment suprême

French is my weakness.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
At least they serve decent beer there!

I knew you would say that! 



Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Great one Suryo, or should I say Herman? And a perfect eyecatcher and opener for the report!

Thank you from both of us.   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Thanks, the pleasure is mine.

Mine too.


Stipica:

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
Hi Suryo ... amigo Stipica calling !

Stipica, I do hope I have got your name right this time.

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
beautiful and very educational trip report ... you really know how to sell things ... right timing, great photos, historical motivating topics , oiliness and kindness ...

You are too kind. Thank you so much.   


Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
packing packing packing ... how many packing for a small snack ... horror

Oh dear!

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
my name is very rare in Croatia and with your intervention I am totaly exotic .... hmmm

Oh no! What have I done to you?

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
... Sti ( the first three letters of my name) ... plus ...ptica (means birds in croatian) ... the result is that I have a new profile name hihhihiihih

Stipica, you are just wonderful!  


Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
I am big fan stipica  

Also the other way around.  



717Flyer:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Having completed my last exam of 2011 today I was looking for something really enjoyable to read this evening. And indeed the report on your return journey from amazing Andalucía fitted in perfectly! Thank you for this experience!  

Thank you for the honor! I hope your last exam went well.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have ended up here leaving a comment!  

Well, in this case, you will pass your exam. No doubt about it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Well, Markus has Mr. S. and now I've learned about Ariel. I feel alone, perhaps I should end this one-man-operation and get some company for my next trip. But we'll see what I come up with for my next report.

I am looking forward to it.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
But Suryo, how could you?   

I am so sorry.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Makes me remember the fact that in a couple of weeks I'll be flying in "business class" for the first time ever...
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
..and I'll be allowed to use the the Fast Track security lane  

Do fully enjoy the experience and share it with us.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I remember how excited I was (even though that plane wasn't even close to as shiny as the BA examples you scored).

I would have been. I am still EMB145 virgin.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
(Sorry, I couldn't resist to add a picture of it...)

No problem at all. Thank you for the picture!  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Next time it would perhaps be suitable to lose the 717 virginity, don't you think?   

I would love to.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
There's always a seat for an A.netter on a plane.

Who am I to disagree with you?   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Looking absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine!

  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
It has been my pleasure to follow your Andalucían adventure

Thank you for the honor.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Once again, Muchas gracias , Suryo.
Ha sido un placer , 717Flyer.


Mohit:



Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
BA didn't disappoint. I was just wondering what are those number markers on the tail wing on the E190??

Good point. I do not know.


Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
it makes me want to go and book a trip there right away.

What are you waiting for? Andalucía is a perfect romantic getaway for you and your husband.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I love the way you have taken the time to mention so many fellow members in this report and for you to research which aircraft they have flown on, that is dedication for you!

How sweet of you. Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
(And thank you for not forgetting the female readers with your amigo(a)s!!)

My pleasure!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I particularly like the colourful buildings and that rooftop swimming pool.

So, will you be considering Seville for your next destination?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Sounds like a fair distribution of activities!

You know how things work.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Ah you know, Suryo, the Brits always like to queue   

I become more and more aware of that.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Missing out on some fun, so it seems!

How about sometime in the future?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
That is a new way to promote them. „Mayo & tuna, salad & ham etc.“, sounds strange, doesn’t it?!

Aha, BA must be on culinary sandwich adventure.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Still, the sandwich looks very tasty.

I loved it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I’m guessing you & Herman have a similar arrangement to me & my husband. That means, I always get the window seat!

The best marriage settlement! 


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
The all day deli you got served on the LCY-AMS seems like a good soultion for such a short hop, a little like the goodie bag on AB between BCN-PMI.

Goodie bag! OMG, how stupid could I have been for not liberating the bag!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
It brings back memories of my first E70 flights, on the way to and from Paris to travel on the A380. Pretty much every other seat taken, except for the aisle seats on the last row, me & Markus by the windows!

I remember that. It looks like every A.netter is entitled to a free last row on board of E-jets!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Suryo, you’ll have me crying in a minute!

Hannah, you should have seen me while writing these.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
What beautiful words.

Straight from the heart.


Amigo(a)s, you are just great! I am very grateful to meet all of you! Muchisimas gracias.

Un abrazo fuerte
,
Suryo



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User currently offlinesaint1862 From Singapore, joined Nov 2011, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8806 times:

Hi Suryo,

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your journeys and holidays.

You help us go to places that we would not otherwise have a chance to go.

I look forward to reading more of your trip reports and viewing your stunning pictures.


Cheers

Saint1862


25 burj : Wow! What an awesome trip report! I've been to Granada and now it is clear I have to return to Spain and visit Sevilla and Cordoba! Looks like BA trea
26 Post contains images LH4532 : Good evening Suryo , You have written a very nice Trip Report to remember . It has been very nice for me reading it . The pictures you and Herman have
27 knightsofmalta : Hi Suryo Cool trip you wrote there. Those are some lovely pictures you took and you certainly visited some very spectacular places on your trip. I am
28 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, Another masterpiece of yours - simply stunning as always. Those gorgeous photos from Andalucia were a nice amuse bouche, your history lesson
29 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Suryo, Fantastic report once again! Thanks for sharing! Photos are wonderful. I do thank you again for another history lesson in part! I can say th
30 aflyingkiwi : Hi Suryo, Great report complete with superb photo's. I have to say that Andalucia looks amazing, hopefully I'll be able to visit that region someday.
31 MSS658 : Hi Suryo My condolences for your grandmother passing away! May she rest in peace.. Thanks for giving us a tour of Andelucia, looks like you had a good
32 Post contains images MH017 : Suryo, What a nice read !!! Good to see the differences between transitting LGW or LCY; guess, which airport would be my favorite ? Nice to see the An
33 Post contains links and images akhmad : Querido Saint1862, Burj, Daniel, William, P., Nicholas, aflyingkiwi, Marc, P., You are just great. Thank you so much for your replies. I have an embar
34 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hola Suryo, awesome report, very detailed and again very well written. Really enjoyed it. Nice how you pointed out all the historical details while ta
35 Post contains links NZ107 : Yes, that's correct - more chance to get more miles under my belt too! I'll let you know about it! I think I have 2 or 3 flights on the BA A319 so I'
36 The777Man : Thanks ! Yes, good to be doing a lot of travelling again! Planned for now by October next year: Saskatoon, Singapore, Cartagena, Manila, Nice and Rom
37 Post contains images RvXKaz : Hello Suryo, It has been a most beautiful read from start to end. I can only admire your great attention to detail, supplemented by magnificiently tak
38 Post contains images akhmad : Querido CaptainRed, Nicholas, Lars, Gavin, How delightful to read your replies. Thank you so much for dropping by. CaptainRed, Gavin: You have brought
39 Post contains images Palmjet : Hi Suryo I've now finished reading your report and the detail and quality of your pics is superb. I really enjoyed this instalment, made all the more
40 Post contains images flightsimboy : A nice opening statement to this trip report. As well as a great tribute and dedication to your grandmother. May she always continue to inspire you!!
41 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Hi Suryo! Another great report. I love all the pictures and details as I've come to expect from your reports. Thank you for the ZB picture I bet you w
42 Post contains images airbuseric : Hoi! a lovely report Suryo, also sorry that I haven't replied earlier. I find the pictures you've shown to us from Andalucia just great! Also for me a
43 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hi Suryo, For starters, amazing pictures from beginning to end. I really enjoyed your showing us around the local area. Favourite for me is the Baños
44 Post contains links and images akhmad : Querido Palmjet, flightsimboy, Martijn, Eric, Lee, Thank you for your replies. I truly appreciate that you have taken your time to write them. Palmjet
45 Post contains images eastafspot : Hello Suryo Excellent return leg of your holidays, you've offered us a truly valuable commentated free tour while at home, thanks to the numerous high
46 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello Suryo, finally got a chance to read your report, and it was a great one as usual! Lovely pics as well, really seems like your skills are improvi
47 Post contains images signol : Jonas, UK is not part of Schengen, and all passengers arriving who do not have an EU passport must fill out one of these and give it to the border co
48 Post contains images akhmad : Querido EAS, Jonas, signol, Thank you so much for dropping by. You really make me happy with your replies. EAS: Thank you for your kind words, also on
49 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Suryo A fitting tribute and typical of your kindness. What a nice thing to do . Thanks Your memory is so much better than my own ! Really enjoyed
50 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Philip, I was looking forward to your reply. Thank you so much, What a heartwarming words of yours. Thank you. I feel honored. Thank you, also
51 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Suryo! At first sorry fo the late reply. I´ve been busy and haven´t time to read your lovely report properly until now. As always Suryo your s
52 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Robert, Never mind the late reply. Thank you so much for taking your time to read my report. Thank you for your kind words. You really make me
53 Post contains images parton87 : Maybe one day No I think it´s to much responsibility to have a pet especially when travel quit much. You have to have one to look after it when you
54 Post contains images abrelosojos : = May her soul rest in peace Suryo. I think you did great tribute to her with this report, and to her belief of looking at the brighter side of life
55 eco : Hi Suryo, Thank you for trip report about LCY - my favorite airport I really enjoy reading it. It's very good that you can you it as transfer airport.
56 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Robert, How nice to meet you again. I can understand it. Herman and I have a pet goldfish called Visje. We are lucky that we have our neighbor
57 JL418 : Hi Suryo! Impressive read, which I had the time to read only today. I've been doing a short stopover in AMS and I've been looking for the cafés and b
58 ghifty : Beautiful trip report! I went to many of the same places..
59 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Fabrizio, Cameron, Merry Christmas to you all. Fabrizio: I have been looking forward to your reply. Thank you for taking your time to read my
60 SloAir : Hi Suryo, sorry for the late replay, but I had to take my time and read this report in peace and enjoy it. Another great job you did with a lot of det
61 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Blaž, You really make me happy with your reply. Never mind. I am honored to know that you have taken your time to read my report. Thank you.
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