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AZ, MLA-FCO-BLQ, And San Marino  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9042 times:

Introduction:

Hi there everyone, welcome to my new trip report. First, in case you missed the first part, I will detail the effective flights of the entire trip.

RO251, OTP-LCA, B733, 08:10-10:20, Day 1, YR-BGB
EK107, LCA-MLA, A332, 12:15-14:10, Day 2, A6-EAP
AZ887, MLA-FCO, A321, 14:00-15:25, Day 3, I-BIXE
AZ1317, FCO-BLQ, A319, 17:50-18:55, Day 3, EI-IMT
9U881, VCE-VRN-KIV, A320, 20:20-00:35, Day 5, ER-AXT
9U857, KIV-OTP, E120, 18:30-19:30, Day 6, ER-EMA

Now, this might sound like a bizarre itinerary, right? How did I ever come up with that? Well, it's a long story, but here are the main points:
1. I want to have stepped foot in all European countries as soon as possible
2. I noticed EK offers a 5th freedom LCA-MLA-LCA on an A332
3. AirOne cancelled my direct VCE-OTP flight
4. Air Moldova just launched their northeastern Italian flights this summer
5. Air Moldova has an E120 operating the Bucharest flights.


AZ, MLA-FCO-BLQ, 321/319, and San Marino

Hi guys; I left off with my arrival at MLA after my visit to Valletta. It was quite hot in Malta, so I was glad to enter the airport and head to the Alitalia check-in desks. I looked at the FIDS and headed towards the specified desks... only to see a huge queue of people. Oh, damn. I'm going to be here for a while... Oh, no, I'm not. I can go the priority desk... Only a couple of people in line there, much better.

Outside view of MLA:






FIDS:


Funny thing... One of the 3 desks open for Y class showed the Aeroflot codeshare number, and no one was using it since they apparently thought it was another flight. Hmm... I asked the guy there whether I could proceed to his desk, but he asked me to wait for the Sky Priority one... Well, the reason became clear soon—you need an invitation to use the MLA lounge, and he couldn't give me one. Not even 2 minutes later I was finally checked in.

Hold on, just now? What happened to OLCI? Well, Alitalia apparently doesn't offer it from MLA. I tried anyway, hoping for a positive bug on Alitalia's website, but no luck there. AZ is now 0/7 for OLCI for me. Not very good. I'm sure some of you are familiar with this problem from Alitalia...

Anyway, I received seat 03F on my MLA-FCO flight, and seat 19A for my FCO-BLQ flight. Unfortunately this means the A321 would feel just like any other A320-series flight, since I wouldn't be able to see the ahead-of-wing and behind-wing exits which set the A321 apart. Sure, an A321 might not be exciting for you anymore, but this was my first flight on such a machine—quite late, I know.

After the check-in process was finished, and I received my lounge invitation, I headed towards security, which was quite strangely located, hidden behind some partitions, like fake walls. However, the process seemed to be quicker than in LCA, and in just a few minutes I was true. I proceeded upstairs and saw that everyone had to pass through the duty-free shopping mall: points deducted from MLA. In fact, the entrance to the lounge was in this duty-free store—I almost missed it at first, but I caught my mistake.

I entered the lounge, handed my invitation to the lounge attendant... There were a few options with regards to food, such as penne pasta with olive oil (I guess), as well as a selection of salads and other starters. Not bad overall; I had a few penne and some bread. There was a selection of drinks... I of course went with a soft drink, but there was a Maltese local beer for anyone interested in alcohol (that might be many of you, I wager). Obviously, some other choices as well, but don't ask me what. I really don't know.

I sat down near a window... unfortunately, the view was of the parking lot, and not of the apron. Well, at least there was quite a bit of natural light; much better than AZ's lounge in FCO's concourse G, which is really quite dark for my liking. After about an hour or so, I decided to leave the lounge in order to see why MLA receives awards in the small airport category. I saw a lot of shops, a local band playing... Of course, I guess that's enough for some people, but I'm not sure how exactly that makes a good airport—but what do I know? I don't know what aspects they considered.

Flight: AZ887
Route: MLA-FCO
Aircraft: A321-100
Reg: I-BIXE (1994 vintage)
STD/STA: 1400-1525
Actual: On Time
Seat: 03F

In true Italian style people were queueing up at the boarding gate 15 minutes ahead of time... Well, that's not for me—I explored some more and then sat down near the gate... Well, they called out pre-boarding for people with infants and then Sky Priority—though I can't say this was expertly handled. Anyway, soon enough I was on-board the first bus to the A321. I disembarked from the bus and was among the last ones walking up the stairs, hoping to take a few pictures. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of people milling about at the bottom when I disembarked the bus so the pictures might include a few people in the frame. Sorry about that.


Queueing about 15 minutes before boarding time:


Let's wash those windows:


Well, hallo, my first A321!


No mistake about the operator—yep, it's AZ indeed:


Almost boarding:


Since 03F was close by, I didn't walk long... and I saw someone sitting in my seat! “Oh no, are we going to have a problem?”, I said to myself. No, no problem. The guy had 03E but was hoping for a free seat by the window. No such luck, I'm afraid, buddy. OK, the window seat is assured now!

A321 legroom:


Not the cleanest aircraft window I've seen:


The other bus also arrived and people started embarking... The flight was pretty full, but I'm unable to formulate a guess as to the load factor unfortunately. Afterwards, the usual... Boarding completed. I forget if we pushed back or powered forward (I was doing my usual nap before takeoff). Anyway, takeoff was from runway 13, but not all the way from the end. An intersection take-off today. Well, if you don't need the whole runway, why waste time indeed!

We flew south to Filfla island, turned around to head pretty much straight north, heading back over the island of Malta. Then, we made landfall somewhere in Sicily, before yet again heading out over the sea. I believe that service started basically as we were crossing into Sicilian airspace.

Maltese canyon:


Pretty steep:


Heeeeere's MLA:


Nice island:


Airport view once more:


Sliema and Valletta:


Bye-bye Malta:




Alitalia serves either sweet biscuits or 'salatini'--salty snacks. I went with the former today, and ordered myself a peach juice, with some other ingredients—they have changed the juices from my last flight with them. It would have been appropriate to order blood orange juice, being over Sicily, but I can't say I enjoy sour drinks during the heat...

In flight service, biscotti e succo di pesca:


Well, soon enough we were descending (this was after about 40 minutes of flying time). Upon descent I was taking a few pictures of some lakes, when the F/A came to do her checks and asked me to turn off the camera. Oh, Italy! Well, I complied for now. It's not like Rome FCO isn't covered here a lot  We landed on runway 16L at FCO and proceeded to concourse B... Hey, we even got a jetway disembarkation. The A321 would proceed to CTA after its turnaround at FCO.

Lake on approach:


A bit cloudy:


On approach:


Hmm, I'd never been in FCO's schengen terminals. I could always go to the lounge, but nah, I decided to explore. Some people would find that unthinkable, I suppose. I can't say I was impressed by the concourses, but it's certainly better than the H gates at FCO... Well, I stopped and got a slice of pizza (surprise surprise!) which was good enough, albeit a bit overpriced—at an airport? No way, right? 

Rome's FCO:


Lots of Partenze:


Piccolo Embraer:


Then I also got an ice tea to drink and just wasted time watching some aircraft. Soon, it was 17:20 and boarding started—I arrived there just when they were calling SkyPriority boarding, so I decided to take advantage of that—actually, it was handled really well here at gate B20, well done Alitalia!

Flight: AZ1317
Route: FCO-BLQ
Aircraft: A319-100
Reg: EI-IMT
STD/STA: 1750-1855
Actual: On Time
Seat: 19A

After a few minutes on the bus... 10? 15 at most, certainly, everyone was there (about 50 passengers) and we left towards our A319. 10 minutes later we were boarding and with such a light load it didn't take long. Boarding completed.

Another A321?!?


1/6 occupied:


Decent legroom:


However, we still had to hang around for a while since it was still before our departure time. Once that came around, we left towards the active. A Carpatair Fokker 70 operating for Alitalia was parked right next to our machine. 10 minutes or so later, we were airborne, on our way to Bologna.

Alitalia:


Romanian immigrant:


Service? Yes, actually, but not the full service. Just some tea or coffee. I went for the tea, of course, and I got some “limone” as well. Not too bad for a 40 minute flight.

In-flight service—tea and lemon (not what you were expecting?):


We overflew Tuscany and we were soon lined up for landing on runway 12 at BLQ. After landing, and a short taxi, we parked next to a... Iberia Express CRK! My first live CRK... Disembarkation occurred through both front and rear doors—guess which I chose—and we were able to, gasp, walk to arrivals, which was under construction, in a rather old building...

A bit more artistic:


Rustic Emilia-Romagna:


On approach to BLQ:


Brakes on a plane:


But what do we have here!?! My first live CRK!


EI-IMT:


Arrivi Nazionali e Schengen:



Afterwards, I finally found the BLQ express rip-off bus, and for 6 Euros I had my ride into town. Well, when you exit an Italian terminal you're immediately overcome by the stench of cigarettes, and today was no exception, so it was a great relief when after 10 minutes of waiting the bus driver opened the doors and we were able to get on the bus... 6 Euros later, I found myself a seat... After everyone clogged the aisle with bags it was time to depart. After a nice but overpriced ride through residential Bologna, I disembarked on Via Indipendenza and took a nice stroll through the main square, around one of the cathedrals, to the “Due Torri”... and then off I was to find my hotel... Which I did after walking 1 km more than I could have... boy, Bologna is smaller than it appeared on the map  Still, I got to see more of the city, not so bad  

Bologna's central square:




Cathedral from the back:


Statue:


Famous Portici:


Different view:


Bologna la Rossa:


So tall that I screwed up the picture:


Lots of churches in this city, very pious people the Bolognese:


Portico, made so a man could sleep under it:


Same church, different angle:


I arrived at the Hotel Accademia, and the guy welcomed me and took my ID card to make a copy, but no upfront payment. Exactly opposite to Norway. He spoke English, heavily accented, but no problems in understanding him... I got a room on the 2nd floor (also known as the 3rd floor in some countries). The room was of a decent size for Italy (also known as “very small” elsewhere   ). Air Conditioning, which was a big plus in a 37C heat wave in Bologna.

Room in Hotel Accademia (an Italian medium, so, in fact, small):


The next day I woke up at 7 and strolled to see the main sights in Bologna, which all appeared to be churches. Of course, just strolling around is my favorite thing to do in the cities I visit... Bologna I can truly recommend, to see the best of Italy. Nice architecture, nice history, but none of the chaos or the dirty nature of some other Italian cities (Rome and Venice, I'm looking at you!). I believe that if you don't like Bologna, you won't like Italy, so visit this city first (along with Firenze/Florence, as it's close by). It reputedly has the best food in Italy as well. I'm attaching some pictures below, but the description of my walks won't help you much... Just explore it! Oh, and another thing, not many gypsies here. I've only seen 3 gypsies in the city, and that's even including the train station. Phew. Really different from Mestre station, for instance. More on that later.

University area:






Inside of the main churches:


Organ:


Pretty tall:


Outside:




Better light than last night:


Like the Bolognese style:




Different Portico:


Didn't think Italy could be this clean:


Another church:


City view:




Some more views:


Another church?


Bologna is pretty nice:


Yes, you guessed it. Another church:


After my stroll, I headed to Bologna Centrale to catch an IC train to Rimini, in order to catch the bus to San Marino... That's another reason to have chosen Bologna, as San Marino is 2 hours away by public transit (well, 2 and a half, maybe).

Italian InterCity train. This wouldn't be called IC in Romania, it doesn't meet the requirements. But I love compartments:


Outside train view:



The Intercity train would not qualify to be called IC in Romania... it was dirtier and had less amenities than an IC in Romania, but I actually liked it more, since it had compartments. The lavatorial facilities were the olden “piss on the railway tracks” style... not so surprising. The speed of the train was decent and we arrived in Rimini on time. Then, I headed to the bus stop and the famous old lady selling San Marino tickets on the sidewalk, with a little table to store her purse and the table... For 9 Euros, I got a return ticket to San Marino.

All the Russian tourists around me were crowding around the bus stop, just like in Cyprus a few days back. Again, I got lucky and managed to catch a seat on the first bus (which would arrive after the second bus requested for the remaining 40 people). Well, at least I'll be in San Marino soon  

30 minutes or so later, we crossed the “border” into San Marino—no stamps here. After 15-20 more minutes and 500 meters gained in altitude, we stopped in Piazzale Calcigni in San Marino proper, and I proceeded up the steep streets into the Old Town itself. I visited a couple of museums and the famous towers (one of which also had a museum). There's a nice atmosphere in San Marino. There are indeed a lot of Russian tourists so maybe it gets a bit unruly at night after a bit of vodka. I seem to have chosen popular destinations for Russian tourists on my journey. Or places that speak Russian. Except Malta.

Pictures of San Marino (all at once, sorry!)
San Marino:


Views:


City gate:


Steep streets:


Casa di Risparmio:


Up, forever up:


Typical tourist view of San Marino:


Sanmarinese street:


It's a long-ish way down:


Not as built up:


You might be aware San Marino has a few castles:


Rocky:


Inside castle number 1:


Photoshop or not?


Nah, I don't use Photoshop:


2nd tower:


City view:


Tower:


Looking down:


1st tower:


2nd tower:


Inside:


Medieval wall:


City streets:


Cool:


Close-up:


Inside:


Other side of the gate:


Museum of torture:


All in all, it was a good few hours in a colder climate—only 30 or 32 degrees here in SM, as opposed to 42 in Cyprus, 40 in Malta or 37 in Bologna... I had lunch at a restaurant by the main gate pictured below... 10 Euros for a T-Bone steak. Seems pretty cheap to me, but maybe that's just Norway speaking 

Afterwards, I proceeded back to Piazzale Calcigni where I found out I apparently speak Italian with a bit of a Spanish accent, as the bus guy answered me in Spanish when I asked him a question. Anyway, again the two bus trick due to the large number of passengers. We left 5 minutes late, so I scrapped my plans to visit Rimini centre and headed straight to the train station—and waited for my train, and waited and waited. 10 minute delay. 15. 20. 25. You get the idea. I'd finally get to Bologna 20 minutes late or so, again with an IC train—where I apparently frightened the conductor by smiling—guess he was expecting everyone to be pissed at the delay?  

I walked back to the hotel and... check my e-mail. What do I see? I'll be writing about the quintessential Air Moldova experience next time!

Impressions:

Bologna: Go and visit. This is “real Italy”. It's hardly reminiscent of Rome or Venice!

San Marino: A nice and proud nations. It's a city of 28000 after all, so not that much to do, but pleasant. A new country, so everything is fine.

BLQ: No real impression, sorry.

Alitalia: No real problems... If they'd only solve their IT problems, they'd be good. Can't complain about them enforcing rules.

MLA: Kinda crazy, but I guess that's to be expected from a leisure destination... and I don't like the duty-free being made mandatory. Everything else is fine.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Comments always appreciated.

Previous Trip Reports:
To Malta On Emirates' A330-200 (LCA-MLA) (by dc9northwest Aug 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
TAROM, OTP-LCA, B737-300, And Nicosia (by dc9northwest Aug 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part V: LYR-OTP, SK/OS, 73G/100 (by dc9northwest Aug 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part IV: Tromsø Og Svalbard (by dc9northwest Aug 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part III: Bodø, And A Widerøe Dash 8 To Tromsø (by dc9northwest Jul 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part II: Bergen/Trondheim (by dc9northwest Jul 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
Norway, Part I: OTP-FRA-OSL, LH, A320 (by dc9northwest Jul 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12 (by dc9northwest Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
ORD-JFK-FCO-OTP, B6/DL/AZ, June 2012 (by dc9northwest Jun 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Bahamasair's 737-200, UP205, 21MAY12 (by dc9northwest May 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, ORD-CDG, Delta, 763 (by dc9northwest Apr 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, FCO-JFK-ORD, Delta, 333/CR7 (by dc9northwest Apr 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, OTP-FCO, Alitalia, A319 (by dc9northwest Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
MCI-OTP: Three Upgrades And A380 Flight Deck Visit (by dc9northwest Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Baltic States In 6 Easy Flights (by dc9northwest Dec 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Romanian TR: Bucuresti-Suceava Via Timisoara (by dc9northwest Dec 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Connecting In ATL, Right Before The Snowstorm (by dc9northwest Mar 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
MCI-ATL-AMS-OTP With DL And KL (60+pics And Vids) (by Dc9northwest Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

23 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week ago) and read 8495 times:

well what a great report!
you should work as an ambassador for Italy   I think the pics show clearly why basically everybody loves Italy!!!

What I am only missing are some pics of the great Italian Food!

Cheers and thanks
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8179 times:

Hi Alex nice report . Congrats on your first A321  

Nice departure pics of MLA  

Need to get on AZ again sometime myself  

Thanks for the nice read and pics.


Philip  


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8014 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
well what a great report!
you should work as an ambassador for Italy   I think the pics show clearly why basically everybody loves Italy!!!

What I am only missing are some pics of the great Italian Food!

Cheers and thanks
Avianca

Hi there Avianca!

Thanks for your kind words  

Yeah, Bologna and San Marino look pretty nice, don't they?

I'm sorry about missing food pics--don't have any  

Thanks for commenting!
-Alex

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Hi Alex nice report . Congrats on your first A321  

Nice departure pics of MLA  

Need to get on AZ again sometime myself  

Thanks for the nice read and pics.

Philip  

Hey Philip!

Thanks, it's been too long without an A321, haha.

AZ has been covered pretty well. I think we all know its plusses and minuses by now! 

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment, Philip!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days ago) and read 7912 times:

Hey Alex, nice report!

Looks like you had some decent flights on Alitalia. Also love your pics from Bologna.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Oh, no, I'm not. I can go the priority desk... Only a couple of people in line there, much better.

Well after all don't we all appreciate the comfort and convenience of priority check-in?  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
of course went with a soft drink, but there was a Maltese local beer for anyone interested in alcohol (that might be many of you, I wager).

So they didn't have any Kinnie for you?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nice island:

Cool island, great shot! 
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
In flight service, biscotti e succo di pesca:

That service seems quite standard on all AZ short haul flights these days, even the longer segments. For a short flight like yours, it looked quite sufficient.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
In-flight service—tea and lemon (not what you were expecting?):

Ah, I thought the biscotti + drink was standard on all short haul flights. Oh well tea seems sufficient too given the very short flight time.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days ago) and read 7902 times:

Hi Alex!

Nice third part of your TR series.
Glad to see you visited the micro-state San Marino, sure seems to be an interesting destination.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Reg: I-BIXE

Nice that you flew an airbus with an Italian I-XXXX registration, and not only with Irish EI-XXX reg, which seems to be most common with the AZ Airbuses.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I can't say I was impressed by the concourses

Pretty much the same feeling as I have with my limited FCO experience.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
All in all, it was a good few hours in a colder climate—only 30 or 32 degrees here in SM, as opposed to 42 in Cyprus, 40 in Malta or 37 in Bologna...

I see it's getting colder and colder, soon back to Svalbard temperatures? 

Martin


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days ago) and read 7895 times:

Great continuation of your travels. At San Marino the city office can give you a stamp in your passport for a few Euros... Your pictures from San Marino look beautiful. The IC looks indeed very old, but comfy, and if you have a compartment for you alone such a ride is great! Love it!
I enjoyed Bologna quite a lot. I found it not too touristic and these galleries are great. You can get up on this high tower by the way. I did it, and the stairs inside are quite impressive and somewhat dangerous, too...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I entered the lounge, handed my invitation to the lounge attendant... There were a few options with regards to food, such as penne pasta with olive oil (I guess), as well as a selection of salads and other starters

When I was there last year, they also had some local food, which was quite nice. Maybe they got rid of that? Would be sad...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Alitalia serves either sweet biscuits or 'salatini'--salty snacks. I went with the former today,

At least they left you with a choice. On my Alitalia flights they usually just gave me what they could grab in the trolley and didn't bothered to ask  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Hmm, I'd never been in FCO's schengen terminals. I could always go to the lounge, but nah, I decided to explore. Some people would find that unthinkable, I suppose. I can't say I was impressed by the concourses, but it's certainly better than the H gates at FCO...

I apprehended my transfer in FCO, but found the Schengen transfer experience quite nice. No security check, rather short ways to walk. Okay, the terminal is not georgeous, but not too bad either. I was actually positively impressed about my transfer experience. Only bad thing is the amount of bus rides, as only a few planes dock directly at the terminal.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
A Carpatair Fokker 70 operating for Alitalia was parked right next to our machine.

Yeah, saw this before. Aparently it flies to Pisa, which could be a nice and cheap way to fly Carpatair.


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7870 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hey Alex, nice report!

Looks like you had some decent flights on Alitalia. Also love your pics from Bologna.

Hi there, Jonas--it's your A.net birthday apparently--you should be out celebrating  

Yeah, Alitalia did everything OK. Bologna is, so far, my favorite Italian city.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Well after all don't we all appreciate the comfort and convenience of priority check-in?  

Hah, certainly so... Do you know how much I hate queueing?  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
So they didn't have any Kinnie for you?

You know, IIRC they had multiple fridges--but I didn't realize this until later on. I think they did have Kinnie, saw that when I was heading out...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
That service seems quite standard on all AZ short haul flights these days, even the longer segments. For a short flight like yours, it looked quite sufficient.

Yeah, 1 hour flight... it's ok; typical (western) European catering. Indeed, same service on flights to OTP. Haven't done longer intra-Europe AZ flights.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Ah, I thought the biscotti + drink was standard on all short haul flights. Oh well tea seems sufficient too given the very short flight time.

They could've given a snack and tea or coffee. That'd've been perfect, but this is OK too, since I had eaten.

Anyway, thanks for commenting Jonas--it's much appreciated. Hopefully I'll be able to comment more on other reports now I've finished my series. Your WAW report is on my radar.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
Hi Alex!

Nice third part of your TR series.
Glad to see you visited the micro-state San Marino, sure seems to be an interesting destination.

Hey Martin!

Thanks for reading--San Marino is great--public transportation is a bit strange (specially ticket sales at Rimini Centrale), but no problem in reaching San Marino.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
Nice that you flew an airbus with an Italian I-XXXX registration, and not only with Irish EI-XXX reg, which seems to be most common with the AZ Airbuses.

Indeed, you're right. I have to check, but it might be the first AZ Airbus i've flown on that's registered in Italy  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
I see it's getting colder and colder, soon back to Svalbard temperatures? 

Probably--but once I get to Chicago, in October 
Quoting reifel (Reply 6):
Great continuation of your travels. At San Marino the city office can give you a stamp in your passport for a few Euros... Your pictures from San Marino look beautiful. The IC looks indeed very old, but comfy, and if you have a compartment for you alone such a ride is great! Love it!
I enjoyed Bologna quite a lot. I found it not too touristic and these galleries are great. You can get up on this high tower by the way. I did it, and the stairs inside are quite impressive and somewhat dangerous, too...

Hi reifel!

Yeah, I read about the San Marino souvenir stamp but I realized I didn't take my passport when near Forli. A bit too late! Only had my ID card with me...

Haha, the IC had a fine layer of dirt on the seats, but that's OK. I've seen worse (not on an IC though). There were two other people in my compartment--none of us had seats there, but the family didn't show up (from my mediocre Italian, that's what I gathered).

See, that's what's great about Bologna--it's really Italian. I know about the 300+ stairs to the top, but unfortunately I didn't have the time to do it. I wish 9U would've announced the rescheduling in advance!! Oh well, gonna go back to Bologna sooner or later  
Quoting reifel (Reply 6):
When I was there last year, they also had some local food, which was quite nice. Maybe they got rid of that? Would be sad...

Well, don't think they had any fenek...   Unfortunately I don't remember the choices.

Quoting reifel (Reply 6):
At least they left you with a choice. On my Alitalia flights they usually just gave me what they could grab in the trolley and didn't bothered to ask

You know, I've heard they do that a lot, but it's never happened to me!  
Quoting reifel (Reply 6):
I apprehended my transfer in FCO, but found the Schengen transfer experience quite nice. No security check, rather short ways to walk. Okay, the terminal is not georgeous, but not too bad either. I was actually positively impressed about my transfer experience. Only bad thing is the amount of bus rides, as only a few planes dock directly at the terminal.

Oh, I guess connecting in FCO is perfectly OK Schengen-Schengen. I have a few concerns coming in from a non-Schengen destination, but last time they surprised me with very quick security. Yeah, a lot of bus rides, can't deny that. But FCO has good weather for that.

Quoting reifel (Reply 6):
Yeah, saw this before. Aparently it flies to Pisa, which could be a nice and cheap way to fly Carpatair.

Yeah, it's quite interesting--never got the F70 for my log and I'm running out of time...

Thanks for your in-depth comments reifel, it's much appreciated  


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7765 times:
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Hi Alex,

Interesting next part of your latest series. Nice flights on AZ, I find the look of the cabin to be very pleasant. And the best way to enjoy an A321 is @ the very back of the bus  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, Alitalia apparently doesn't offer it from MLA.

Does AZ offer OLCI from any other destination 

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nice island:

Nice and tranquil, the perfect Robinson island. Either you were too late or too early framing it  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
In-flight service—tea and lemon

My drink of choice as well!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
After landing, and a short taxi, we parked next to a... Iberia Express CRK! My first live CRK

Afaik IBX doesn't have CRK's, I bet that must be an Air Nostrum CRK?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Pictures of San Marino (all at once, sorry!)
San Marino:


Views:


City gate:


Steep streets:


Casa di Risparmio:


Up, forever up:


Typical tourist view of San Marino:


Sanmarinese street:


It's a long-ish way down:


Not as built up:


You might be aware San Marino has a few castles:


Rocky:


Inside castle number 1:


Photoshop or not?


Nah, I don't use Photoshop:


2nd tower:


City view:


Tower:


Looking down:


1st tower:


2nd tower:


Inside:


Medieval wall:


City streets:


Cool:


Close-up:


Inside:


Other side of the gate:


Museum of torture:

That's what I meant when I said I can't see any of your pics. None visible...

Sultanils



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Hi Alex !

Thanks for another great report !

AZ looks nice as always; too bad that OLCI didn't work. Nice tp get a tea on that short flight to BLQ.

I spent a few days in southern Tuscany near Grosseto this summer and had a great time. Not too touristy either and people are so much friendlier than in Rome. Italy is great as long as you are in the countryside which is usually very scenic.

I went to San Marino in 1988 as part of a EuroRail trip and enjoyed my visit there. I think I also visited all those towers then.

The777Man



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6715 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7650 times:

Hi Alex,

very nice next part of your series. You're really fast!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
3. AirOne cancelled my direct VCE-OTP flight

That's too bad. They used to offer really cheap fares between MUC and MXP, but I wasn't able to take use of that offer.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Sure, an A321 might not be exciting for you anymore, but this was my first flight on such a machine—quite late, I know.

Well, I prefer any 737 or 32X over regional jets or props any day. But tastes are different.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Upon descent I was taking a few pictures of some lakes, when the F/A came to do her checks and asked me to turn off the camera. Oh, Italy!

Ah, ridiculous!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Service? Yes, actually, but not the full service. Just some tea or coffee. I went for the tea, of course, and I got some “limone” as well. Not too bad for a 40 minute flight.

That's not bad, but LH even distributes small snacks on short domestic hops.


PH



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Interesting next part of your latest series. Nice flights on AZ, I find the look of the cabin to be very pleasant. And the best way to enjoy an A321 is @ the very back of the bus  

I agree--it was too late to ask, though, I'd gotten my boarding passes and I'd even seen 19A... then 03F. Oh well, never mind... Next time  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Does AZ offer OLCI from any other destination 

Yeah, it worked from VCE, the one time I didn't need it to work.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Nice and tranquil, the perfect Robinson island. Either you were too late or too early framing it  

Yes--my camera is slow to focus.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
My drink of choice as well!

Nice to know  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Afaik IBX doesn't have CRK's, I bet that must be an Air Nostrum CRK?

D'oh! Yeah, I meant IBeria Express to encompass everything, which it obviously does not. Air Nostrum it is!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
That's what I meant when I said I can't see any of your pics. None visible...

Hmmm... I can see them. Can you see them now?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Hi Alex !

Thanks for another great report !

AZ looks nice as always; too bad that OLCI didn't work. Nice tp get a tea on that short flight to BLQ.

I spent a few days in southern Tuscany near Grosseto this summer and had a great time. Not too touristy either and people are so much friendlier than in Rome. Italy is great as long as you are in the countryside which is usually very scenic.

I went to San Marino in 1988 as part of a EuroRail trip and enjoyed my visit there. I think I also visited all those towers then.

Hi L.!

Thanks for reading!

Yeah, Alitalia was good. IT-wise they're horrible, as you may know, haha. I wonder how much profit they lost this year due to this!

Tuscany is beautiful as well, I must say... and the people were quite friendly as long as you at least try to speak Italian a little bit.

San Marino in 1988. Wow, wasn't even born then, haha!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
very nice next part of your series. You're really fast!

Hi PH,

Thanks--I try my best--gonna leave for another trip soon, wanted to get it done!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
That's too bad. They used to offer really cheap fares between MUC and MXP, but I wasn't able to take use of that offer.

I don't trust Italian LCCs--they always go bust quickly.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Well, I prefer any 737 or 32X over regional jets or props any day. But tastes are different.

I like Embraers myself, not a big fan of Canadairs. Props are fun, though!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
That's not bad, but LH even distributes small snacks on short domestic hops.

Well, LH has a better reputation than AZ.

Thanks for your comments, everyone!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7465 times:

Hello Alex


Nice to see your AZ trip online, I've been hearing alot of good things about Alitalia. Hope I can get to fly once.
Just a waste of money installing those PTVs which are not used at all.
Rome, Malta and San Marino look great as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Another nice report, thanks for posting!
Bologna seems like a nice destination, as does San Marino.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Some people would find that unthinkable, I suppose. I can't say I was impressed by the concourses, but it's certainly better than the H gates at FCO... Well, I

Just visited FCO myself for the first time this weekend, only the Schengen area. Wasn't as bad as I had expected after hearing the horror stories here on A.net  


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7182 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Hello Alex


Nice to see your AZ trip online, I've been hearing alot of good things about Alitalia. Hope I can get to fly once.
Just a waste of money installing those PTVs which are not used at all.
Rome, Malta and San Marino look great as well.

Greetings
Marc

Hey Marc--yeah, the new AZ seems quite popular with a.netters for certain reasons  

Yeah, not sure about the PTVs either, they only used them once in my ~8 flights on their Airbuses...

Thanks for reading!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Another nice report, thanks for posting!
Bologna seems like a nice destination, as does San Marino.

Thanks, Robert!  

Yup--I recommend both.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Just visited FCO myself for the first time this weekend, only the Schengen area. Wasn't as bad as I had expected after hearing the horror stories here on A.net  

Hah, the Schengen area isn't the problem area. Non-Schengen to anything transfers can be hell, though...


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6715 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7081 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 11):
I don't trust Italian LCCs--they always go bust quickly.

At least Air One belongs to AZ.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 11):
I like Embraers myself, not a big fan of Canadairs. Props are fun, though!

I also like the Embraers, but only the "real" ones (E-Jets).  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 11):
Well, LH has a better reputation than AZ.

That's certainly true.


PH



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7050 times:

Hi Alex,

Good to read yet another episode of this journey. You certainly managed to pick some beautiful places to visit during your whirlwind journey.

The new (well not so new anymore) Alitalia doesn't look that bad, but the ground handling can be a bit of a letdown and FCO isn't the most convenient of airports to use. But since it looks like it'll become my second home early next year I guess I'll get used to it anyway  . I just wish they would offer something a bit more substantial on these flights than just the crackers, maybe a muffin or a small sandwich or whatever.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Anyway, I received seat 03F on my MLA-FCO flight, and seat 19A for my FCO-BLQ flight. Unfortunately this means the A321 would feel just like any other A320-series flight, since I wouldn't be able to see the ahead-of-wing and behind-wing exits which set the A321 apart. Sure, an A321 might not be exciting for you anymore, but this was my first flight on such a machine—quite late, I know.

Err, did it not occur to you to actually *ask* for a seat as far back as possible? Most of the check in agents I've ever dealt with have been happy to fulfill these kind of requests, as long as you are polite about it. Sure I've gotten some weird looks at my obsession over my seating place, but hey, I'm a weirdo so who cares.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
In fact, the entrance to the lounge was in this duty-free store—I almost missed it at first, but I caught my mistake.

Hah, I actually missed it when I went there. I took the shortcut towards the cashiers on the left and then just got dumped in the middle of the airside. It took a while to realize that you have to go back to the duty free store to access the lounge. BTW I kinda liked the lounge there, quite nicely decorated, a very friendly girl there and some good strong coffee for my early morning flight.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The room was of a decent size for Italy (also known as “very small” elsewhere   ). Air Conditioning, which was a big plus in a 37C heat wave in Bologna.

Wish I had this in Tbilisi...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I believe that if you don't like Bologna, you won't like Italy, so visit this city first (along with Firenze/Florence, as it's close by). It reputedly has the best food in Italy as well.

That's a very good way of putting it. I don't really like many of the places in Italy, especially Rome and Naples but Bologna indeed is very nice. I really liked my visit there, before visiting it I had only been to Rome, Milano and a small town in Sicily (which was the best of the bunch) and Bologna was a very welcome discovery - a great city in every way!

Oh and the food - I still have fond memories of the excellent three course dinner I had there. Yummy.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Italian InterCity train. This wouldn't be called IC in Romania, it doesn't meet the requirements. But I love compartments:

Hey, I once traveled from Brussels to Luxembourg on one of these compartments. Yes, it was an Italian train, eventually heading to Milan.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Pictures of San Marino (all at once, sorry!)

Nice shots there. I never realized what a precarious location this lilliput of a country has. Would like to go there but judging from your photos that topography is not really for me.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I walked back to the hotel and... check my e-mail. What do I see? I'll be writing about the quintessential Air Moldova experience next time!

And the suspense keeps building...


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

Hi Alex

Great trip report. The A321 is a nice bird and it wears the Alitalia livery well. What I particularly like about the A321 is that although it's just a narrowbody, it kind of has the feel of a widebody.

I really liked your pictures of Bologna, it looks like a really beautiful place and I really do think I'll have to visit one of these days.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nice island:

That's the island of Filfla, although it's more of a rock than an island. The RAF used to use it for target practice during WWII. Today I think it's actually off limits because of the rare flora and fauna living on it.

Swimming there is not a good idea either as there tend to be sharks in the area.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

Hey Alex,

Just when I thought that you must have ran out of dream destinations of mine for you to visit you find yourself in San Marino . I was planning to fly to Rimini with Darwin Airlines last year (and then visit San Marino) but eventually I couldn't make it work. Great photos by the way. I loved the ones from the cliffs.

Bologna seems like an interesting place too. Did you get to see the famous Fountain of Neptune while there? (I can't see it in your photos). I'd love to go there one day too, just for the sake of paying my respects to this basketball-crazy town.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
AZ is now 0/7 for OLCI for me. Not very good. I'm sure some of you are familiar with this problem from Alitalia...

That's just terrible. Somebody needs to tell them that we live in 2012.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I proceeded upstairs and saw that everyone had to pass through the duty-free shopping mall: points deducted from MLA. In fact, the entrance to the lounge was in this duty-free store—I almost missed it at first, but I caught my mistake.

Yeah, I've heard this about MLA. I wonder whether this "strategy" of theirs actually works. Are people more likely to shop if they are forced to walk through the duty-free area?

Anyway, this was a very fun TR. I need to go back and read all the other ones you've posted (you're on a roll lately). Things have been busy here so I haven't read a TR in about 10 days.

Are you back in Chicago by the way? When is school starting?

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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 6781 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
At least Air One belongs to AZ.

That's true--didn't stop them from cancelling the entire VCE-OTP route, though!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
I also like the Embraers, but only the "real" ones (E-Jets).

Fair enough. The E-Jets are nicer to ride than E-145s I suppose. However, the E-120 prop still is really fun  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Good to read yet another episode of this journey. You certainly managed to pick some beautiful places to visit during your whirlwind journey.

Thank you for reading Mr. FlyingFinn!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
The new (well not so new anymore) Alitalia doesn't look that bad, but the ground handling can be a bit of a letdown and FCO isn't the most convenient of airports to use. But since it looks like it'll become my second home early next year I guess I'll get used to it anyway  . I just wish they would offer something a bit more substantial on these flights than just the crackers, maybe a muffin or a small sandwich or whatever.

Yeah, I agree with you, ground handling anywhere in Southern Europe can be a problem... Hah, I wonder how much AZ will like you for making FCO into a second home given the circumstances  

I also think a small sandwich a la Air France or Austrian would be better. This way it's very Delta Air Lines.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Err, did it not occur to you to actually *ask* for a seat as far back as possible? Most of the check in agents I've ever dealt with have been happy to fulfill these kind of requests, as long as you are polite about it. Sure I've gotten some weird looks at my obsession over my seating place, but hey, I'm a weirdo so who cares.

Of course it did--afterwards. A bit too late, though, I must say. It's fine, all the more reason to seek out another A321. Gotta be more proactive next time. Though I now got seat assignments for most of my flights that I've booked. Hey--that's a positive for RO, being able to select your seat in advance.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hah, I actually missed it when I went there. I took the shortcut towards the cashiers on the left and then just got dumped in the middle of the airside. It took a while to realize that you have to go back to the duty free store to access the lounge. BTW I kinda liked the lounge there, quite nicely decorated, a very friendly girl there and some good strong coffee for my early morning flight.

My thought process was: "no, this can't be the lounge, it's in the middle of the store... oh wait, hmmm, that name sounds familiar... let me take a look at the invitation... oh hey, that is the lounge". Quite a weird location... But yeah, it's better than most of the Euro lounges I've seen if we exclude those at main hubs (AMS non-schengen).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Wish I had this in Tbilisi...

Yes--the hotel experience in Tbilisi sounds really bad.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
That's a very good way of putting it. I don't really like many of the places in Italy, especially Rome and Naples but Bologna indeed is very nice. I really liked my visit there, before visiting it I had only been to Rome, Milano and a small town in Sicily (which was the best of the bunch) and Bologna was a very welcome discovery - a great city in every way!

I'm glad you agree--you know, I think that Italy is a very strange place... Bologna is almost nothing like some of the other cities I've seen. It's actually really nice. But very few foreign tourists stop in Bologna, skipping it for Rome, Venice and Firenze... Then again, this is the way it should be.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hey, I once traveled from Brussels to Luxembourg on one of these compartments. Yes, it was an Italian train, eventually heading to Milan.

I also travelled from Brussels to Luxembourg on a foreign train--but mine was Swiss, heading to Chur I think--and no compartments.

But, that sort of train, all the way from Brussels to Milan... That's a bit too long in such a train IMO. This one wasn't very clean (no surprise).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Nice shots there. I never realized what a precarious location this lilliput of a country has. Would like to go there but judging from your photos that topography is not really for me.

Well, I tell you what--it can get really steep and the signage could be better. So you might be stuck going up and down random streets until you reach your destination. Your call  

Thanks for reading, P! Much appreciated.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 17):
Hi Alex

Great trip report. The A321 is a nice bird and it wears the Alitalia livery well. What I particularly like about the A321 is that although it's just a narrowbody, it kind of has the feel of a widebody.

I really liked your pictures of Bologna, it looks like a really beautiful place and I really do think I'll have to visit one of these days.

Hi there William,

Thanks very much--good to know your opinion of the A321--I agree, looks great in the AZ livery.

Bologna I can truly recommend--it was really nice there.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 17):
That's the island of Filfla, although it's more of a rock than an island. The RAF used to use it for target practice during WWII. Today I think it's actually off limits because of the rare flora and fauna living on it.

Swimming there is not a good idea either as there tend to be sharks in the area.

Thanks for posting!

Yes, that's right, Filfla... Thought I wrote it down somewhere, not sure if I really have... Off-limits, interesting to know.

It's ok, sharks don't really attack people, do they? Well, I don't really want to find out if they do, haha.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):

Just when I thought that you must have ran out of dream destinations of mine for you to visit you find yourself in San Marino . I was planning to fly to Rimini with Darwin Airlines last year (and then visit San Marino) but eventually I couldn't make it work. Great photos by the way. I loved the ones from the cliffs.

Hi there S.,

Hah, well, you know, I do what I can! Shame you didn't make it to San Marino, it's a nice little town. Very picturesque!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Bologna seems like an interesting place too. Did you get to see the famous Fountain of Neptune while there? (I can't see it in your photos). I'd love to go there one day too, just for the sake of paying my respects to this basketball-crazy town.

Yes--Indeed, I saw the fountain of Neptune as well--not that impressive upon first glance because there were a bunch of people sitting by the base of the fountain and it kinda dulled the impression since I had no idea about their intentions and why they were just sitting around.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Yeah, I've heard this about MLA. I wonder whether this "strategy" of theirs actually works. Are people more likely to shop if they are forced to walk through the duty-free area?

I think it does. I'm sure that some people do buy from the duty-free because they're just passing through. No idea how many though!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Anyway, this was a very fun TR. I need to go back and read all the other ones you've posted (you're on a roll lately). Things have been busy here so I haven't read a TR in about 10 days.

Thanks very much for reading! I can imagine things are busy in Chicago--that's partly why I wrote them now, I might be caught up with a bit of school starting October...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Are you back in Chicago by the way? When is school starting?

No, I'm currently still in Romania... School's starting on October 1st I think, I'll be back the Saturday before I think... We still need to talk about the Air Choice One trip, btw. We should do that, maybe early next year...


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6433 times:
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Hi alex,

Nice to be able to read part 3. Another good report with great pictures!
Looks like you had 2 regular flights with alitalia, nothing special
Great pictures of Bologna and San Marino too!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, hallo, my first A321!

Congrats on your first A321!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6363 times:

Hey, A.,

great pictures.
Italy is one of my fav countries, you know.
And according to schedule I should be there again as early as next weekend.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, hallo, my first A321!

Congrats. An AZ A321 is also on schedule for me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6163 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 20):
Hi alex,

Nice to be able to read part 3. Another good report with great pictures!
Looks like you had 2 regular flights with alitalia, nothing special
Great pictures of Bologna and San Marino too!

Hi Brendan,

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting  

Yeah, that's a good way to sum everything up.

Thanks for the appreciation!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 20):
Congrats on your first A321!

Yeah, it's not too rare, but I just finally managed to get a flight on one. Always missed it on flights into/out of OTP, even if AZ, AF and LH use it here at least sometimes.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Hey, A.,

great pictures.
Italy is one of my fav countries, you know.
And according to schedule I should be there again as early as next weekend.

Hi Markus,

Thanks very much!

Yes--Italy has something for everyone. I do like Bologna a lot myself, seems like a tranquil place by Italian standards.

Good to know--I've read a few more of your reports but I'm getting very backed up in replying, sorry!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Congrats. An AZ A321 is also on schedule for me.

It's a nice bird, but it's no MD-80  

Thanks for your comments again, guys!


User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5900 times:

Yes, agree about Bologna. In fact, I like the whole region. Been there just two weeks ago, seems to become a tradition for me to spend a couple days on Rimini coast. This year, we included San Marino, and while I initially wondered if it would be worth it, totally was. Including the funny grandma type selling the tickets. And elevators as a way to get around town...


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