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La Dolce Vita With Alitalia, Pt 3: BDS-LIN-LHR  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6396 times:

La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Pt 3: BDS-LIN-LHR

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Hi!

Thanks for clicking on the next instalment of my Alitalia Extravaganza, following hot on the heels of Part 2! This is actually the first time I’ve posted two trips in the same day.

The flights:

AZ 303 London LHR – Rome FCO, A321
AZ 1391 Rome FCO – Genoa GOA, A320
AZ 786 Milan MXP – Tokyo NRT, B772
AZ 785 Tokyo NRT – Rome FCO, B772
AZ 1603 Rome FCO – Bari BRI, A320
AZ 7108 Brindisi BDS – Milan LIN, A319
AZ 230 Milan LIN – London LHR, A320

My route with all seven flights, courtesy of GC Mapper, of these reports:
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And the European detail:
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I’ll be splitting the report into 3 parts:

Part 1, LHR-FCO-GOA
Part 2, MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
Part 3, BDS-LIN-LHR

Part 1 can be found here:
La Dolce Vita With Alitalia, Pt 1: LHR-FCO-GOA (by gabrielchew Jan 25 2013 in Trip Reports)

Part 2 can be found here:
La Dolce Vita With Alitalia, Pt 2: MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI (by gabrielchew Feb 7 2013 in Trip Reports)

The map of Part 3:
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Picking up from part 2, after a late night pizza with Eric in Bari, we parted ways the next morning, Eric and The Finn back to the airport, me for this bus into town. A few photos from Bari:
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Bari Castle
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I only had a few hours before I had to get my noon train down the coast to Brindisi. If you book early enough (at least 2 weeks before?) for short distances, you pay the first in 1st and 2nd class (in this case EUR 9 one way). They had the same deal on the Genoa-Milan train, but I dithered too long to get the cheap first ticket in the end.
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The train soon arrived…early for a change
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Fairly comfy seats. Sadly, the wifi wasn’t working.


Seat map


There was a reasonable at seat service…espresso, water and a snack
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An hour later, we arrived in Brindisi. Here I would be picking up my hire car for the next two days. Pick up was at the airport though…onto the bus.


Before long I was at Brindisi Airport. With the car formalities done (I was upgraded to a rather hideous looking but reasonably powerful Skoda) I was on my way. First stop was the nice seaside town of Gallipoli.



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With Gallipoli seen, I headed on to my hotel, the rather interesting Masseria Grande in Taurisano. I was the only guest, and none of the staff spoke any English. Still, I was welcomed warmly, and fed very well.
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Some of their tasty food
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Next morning I started on my quest to visit the very tip of the heel of Italy. Sadly, the weather was quite awful. High winds, heavy rain, poor visibility.
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The lighthouse at the convent at land’s end.
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Fancy a swim?
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Some interesting architecture down here
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My car
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My home for tonight was in Lecce, a gorgeous town inland from the swirling seas. There is a beautiful old town, and some great Roman ruins.
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The next morning dawned even wetter than the previous day. Added to the rain this time was a heady dose of thunder and lightning…how exciting. There were quite a few very flooded roads around the airport, and I saw a few ground strikes. Great weather for flying!

The night before I had tried to OLCI, but the website kept on crashing
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I managed to get the car to the airport without issues, then proceeded to the terminal. There weren’t many people around the check in areas, so I was able to print my boarding pass quickly.
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FIDS
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The line at security wasn’t too long, and I was shortly in the rather plain departures lounge. The AZ flight to FCO was just boarding.
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Meanwhile outside, the last of the inbound LIN passengers were disembarking through the rain
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Oh no! Isola del Giglio…I logged this one last summer on my way back from Palermo. Never mind. Isola del Giglio is where the Costa Concordia ran aground a few years ago.
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It wasn’t long before we too were called for boarding. All onto the bus.
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January 2013
Brindisi (BDS) – Milan Linate (LIN)
Alitalia AZ 7108
Scheduled: 1140-1315 (1h35m)
Actual: 1149-1307 (1h18m)
Airbus A319-112, EI-IMB “Isola del Giglio”
Economy




It was still bucketing down, so everyone had to run to the appropriate door. I was sat near the back, where thankfully the queue was short.
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Despite the high load, there was no one sat in the middle seat. It was whilst I was looking out of the window that I became aware of one of the FAs addressing the vicinity in Italian. I turned around to see her pointing at my backpack which was about to fall out of the overhead. This is not where I had left it. Someone boarding later with a big roll aboard had obviously moved my bag out of the way so theirs could fit. Very nice of them. The FA quickly switched to English and explained at as the flight was full, I’d have to put this under my seat. Well, luckily there’s an empty middle seat. I fail to see why I should put it in my leg space, rather than having it in the late boarder’s leg space. What if I was a Gold pax on a full fare…why should I lose my legroom just because someone else got on late and had a massive bag? This only encourages people to bring a big bag so they get priority space in the overheads.
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All aboard, the stairs are removed, and we taxi out through the storm.
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Safety card
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Literally a second after I took this photo the ship got struck (or at least it looked like it) by lightning…very cool! I was wondering whether it was safe to take off…clearly the pilot thought it was, so off we went.
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You can vaguely see the coast through the murk
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And into the sun
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The woman in front promptly reclined her seat…some people.
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Standard AZ catering. Some tasty red OJ and a tea with lemon, and a snack.
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Some nice snowy peaks
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Despite leaving a bit late, we landed early into a, surprise surprise, foggy Milan Linate.
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A Star Alliance LH
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A very fashionable hanger
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I was quite surprised to see that we were given one of the few air bridge gates….great as it was still raining.
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When connecting last time from PMO to LHR through LIN, we were bussed to arrivals, where there was no option but to exit and reclear security. This time, I was almost angry to see that it wasn’t necessary to go landside when using the airbridge….why? Well, LIN has two Priority Pass lounges, one of which is landside. Hmm, two lounge + security, or just one lounge? As I had plenty of time, I decided to go with the former.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

KL on stand
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Airside
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FIDS. As you can see, London has its fifteen minutes of fame (literally), with 4 flights going out nearly simulatenously….AZ to LHR and LCY, BA to LHR and U2 to LGW.
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The Sala Piranesi is a little strange as it basically serves as a priority check in area for AZ and AFKL. To the side of the desks is a full bar and snack area. Other than the people on the desks, I was the only guest. I thought I’d see about transferring to the LCY flight rather than LHR….sadly this wasn’t possible for free (or even a realistic amount of money). Never mind, time to hit the catering!
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A G&T, cakes, croissant, and of course, a limoncello
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And round 2
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And round 3
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I must say, I really liked this lounge. Having it to myself made it all the better. Great booze selection, and some really tasty sandwiches and cakes.

Of course, as I was landside, I had to make a move through security (slow) to airside. There is another lounge here, the Sala Leonardo. This was basically a carbon copy of the Piranesi, just with a lot more people. I’m glad I checked out the other lounge.

Time for a final limoncello and espresso
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Before long, the flight flashed up as boarding. There is only a small non-Schengen area. Obviously, with 4 flights going to the same destination at the same time, the place was a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully our flight was the first to be called, and I was one of the first into the bus.
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January 2013
Milan Linate (LIN) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Alitalia AZ 230
Scheduled: 1540-1650 (1h50m)
Actual: 1539-1614 (1h35m)
Airbus A320-216, EI-DSI “Carlo Emilio Gadda”
Economy



I was having nightmares that I’d end up on EI-IMB again, but thankfully we got –DSI instead.
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Oooh, PTVs again.
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Loads of space! As well as having an empty middle seat and C class legroom, the arm rest mechanism was loose so I got some extra sideways space too.


A grey logojet
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A minute ahead of schedule, we’re off into the grey sky.
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On international flights, booze is available, so I go with a water and beer.
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Cold down below
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Want to know what they were showing….these. Great.
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Lovely clouds this evening.
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I’m pretty happy with this IB A321 shot….aaah, life up in the sky
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We’re heading Earthward nice and early
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Kew Gardens
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Heavies at T3
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And SK lightweights too
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RAM
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GF and their stunning livery
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Finally we pulled onto stand right next to the drop off area. As I was sat at the front, it didn’t take long to file off.
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Immigration was quick, and as I had hand luggage only, I was down by the tube just 15 minutes after reaching the stand…not bad!
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So, my adventure is over, well, at least my Alitalia adventure. Overall, everything was pretty good. Fairly comfortable flights and a bargain fare. It was great too to have the a.netter flight out to Tokyo – great fun! Just a shame I couldn’t have extended any longer in Japan.

As always, all comments and questions welcome, and thanks for reading about my latest trip!

Upcoming trips:

Late Jan/early Feb will see me complete my Star Alliance lounge tour of Europe (i.e. do the lounges I want to see before my LH Silver card finally gives way to Blue) with LH, LO & OS routing LHR-DUS-WAW-VIE-LHR
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A rather hastily and still as of yet poorly planned trip to Zimbabwe has been booked for mid-February. Routing is a bit eclectic, on a combination of Aer Lingus, Etihad and Comair (British Airways). BHX-DUB-MAN-AUH-JNB-HRE,LVI-JNB-AUH-LHR


Easter will herald another inaugural, Cityjet’s new LCY-DRS route, along with a return NUE-LCY.
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And finally my Virgin flight up to Manchester for the A.net meet
Some of my other TRs:

La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 2. MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 1. LHR-FCO-GOA
Dubrovnik with British Airways. Club on the B 734
Autumn Asia Part 10: Take me home Saudia! DEL-RUH-LHR B777
Autumn Asia Part 9: Air India 787. Calcutta - Delhi
Autumn Asia Part 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU
Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

Hey Gabriel. A nice conclusion to your AZ adventure. Southeast Italy looks really pretty. Too bad about the weather, I'm sure these towns would have looked even better in the sun!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Picking up from part 2, after a late night pizza with Eric in Bari, we parted ways the next morning, Eric and The Finn back to the airport, me for this bus into town. A few photos from Bari:

This is quite the gang! Too bad you had to go your separate ways at this point.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My car

Oh wow, you weren't kidding. It IS hideous-looking .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Someone boarding later with a big roll aboard had obviously moved my bag out of the way so theirs could fit. Very nice of them. The FA quickly switched to English and explained at as the flight was full, I’d have to put this under my seat. Well, luckily there’s an empty middle seat. I fail to see why I should put it in my leg space, rather than having it in the late boarder’s leg space. What if I was a Gold pax on a full fare…why should I lose my legroom just because someone else got on late and had a massive bag? This only encourages people to bring a big bag so they get priority space in the overheads.

That's total bull-crap. I would have been so pissed off. Good thing you had an empty seat next to you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The woman in front promptly reclined her seat…some people.

Oh how I hate this. I know that everyone has the right to recline but when they go all the way it ticks me off. Especially on a 1h 15min flight!

Looking forward to hear about your African adventure later in the month. These are places I have absolutely no interest visiting but I love hearing about other people's experiences there. I hope you have fun  .

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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6343 times:

Hey Gabriel

Nice ending of a fantastic weekend, enjoyed reading every bit of it.
Great to see some pics within Italy as well, looks like a nice region to visit sometimes.
AZ took good care of you as usual, however quite awkward to see 4 LIN-LON flight leaving at almost the same time.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
A nice conclusion to your AZ adventure

Thanks Stojan!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Southeast Italy looks really pretty. Too bad about the weather, I'm sure these towns would have looked even better in the sun!

Yes, the weather sucked, but hopefully I'll go back someday. Lots of new places to see first though

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
This is quite the gang! Too bad you had to go your separate ways at this point.

Well, we had a good run!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Oh wow, you weren't kidding. It IS hideous-looking .

Ha, yes, thank goodness for what was under the bonnet!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Oh how I hate this. I know that everyone has the right to recline but when they go all the way it ticks me off. Especially on a 1h 15min flight!

I know right, do you have recline on such a short flight?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Looking forward to hear about your African adventure later in the month. These are places I have absolutely no interest visiting but I love hearing about other people's experiences there. I hope you have fun .

Well, I'm hideously disorganised at the moment. Just got my new suitcase delivered today though, so at least I have some luggage! Better start packing...off on Saturday. Hopefully it'll turn out ok!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Nice ending of a fantastic weekend, enjoyed reading every bit of it.

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Great to see some pics within Italy as well, looks like a nice region to visit sometimes.

Yes, but go in summer!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
AZ took good care of you as usual, however quite awkward to see 4 LIN-LON flight leaving at almost the same time.

Clearly that's where the demand is!



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Very nice report with the conclusion of your Alitalia adventure!

Great pictures from Italy which looks great as always but the weather was really very bad.

Lounges look great and flights seem okay too.

Looking forward to your next report!

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

Hi Gabriel,

interesting last part of your AZ series. It's definitely the most reported airline currently. Alitalia's product looks fine, but there may be cuts to come due to the ongoing financial trouble. AZ may copy the Iberia model and outsource flights to Air One...


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6062 times:
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Hi Gabs,

Nice follow up report and good to see your whereabouts after the a.net flight to Japan. You really struck bad weather in South Italy, too bad. But you managed a cool car with the Skoda  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is actually the first time I’ve posted two trips in the same day.

Congrats, you deserve a medal 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Seat map

Haven’t seen this for a train before?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Shame I’m on my own

Poor you... At least the flights prior were in good company!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fancy a swim?

Cool  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was wondering whether it was safe to take off…clearly the pilot thought it was, so off we went.

Well, you’re supposed to be in a ‘Faraday’s cage’ so theoretically you should be safe for the lightning.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Airside

What a depressing place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Want to know what they were showing….these. Great.

Still lifes. You certainly became very ‘zen’ after watching these?

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Very nice report with the conclusion of your Alitalia adventure!

THanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Great pictures from Italy which looks great as always but the weather was really very bad.

Yes, shame about the weather

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Lounges look great and flights seem okay too.

Yes, the lounges were nice, flights ok

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):

interesting last part of your AZ series

Thanks Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Alitalia's product looks fine, but there may be cuts to come due to the ongoing financial trouble. AZ may copy the Iberia model and outsource flights to Air One...

I hope not. Stil, if that's what they have to do to survive....

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):


Nice follow up report and good to see your whereabouts after the a.net flight to Japan

Thanks

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
But you managed a cool car with the Skoda

Ha, isn't it hideous!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Congrats, you deserve a medal

Yes, I think I do!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Poor you... At least the flights prior were in good company!

Indeed

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Well, you’re supposed to be in a ‘Faraday’s cage’ so theoretically you should be safe for the lightning.

Well, i was hoping that we might be struck, just to tick that off my "to do" list!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Still lifes. You certainly became very ‘zen’ after watching these?

No, I was angry...I want to see the map!



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User currently offlineSEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5551 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was upgraded to a rather hideous looking but reasonably powerful Skoda

The Yeti is quite a good car!

Anyway, great trip report, even though Alitalia looks to fall short. Good pictures of places I've never heard of too in this series.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5351 times:

Nice report also here. Thanks also for the pictures of the Lecce and Brindisi area. Also on my to visit list.
Nice snacks and sweets in the lounge at LIN, much better offerings then at MXP and FCO.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5008 times:

Hi Gabriel

Great conclusion to your brief trip. That BDS-LIN flight seemed full of people that just didn't care! Seems like all manners go out the window when you put people on a plane sometimes. My attitude is that if I can spend 4 nights in New York with just a rucksack then what could people possibly need on a short flight that warrants the huge bags that some people carry on with them?!

Anyway, the pics of the various parts of Italy look pretty good - must visit more of the country, especially after my already brief visit last year got cut even shorter thanks to SN.

Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your travels.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

Quoting SEA (Reply 10):
The Yeti is quite a good car!

But it is ugly!

Quoting SEA (Reply 10):

Anyway, great trip report, even though Alitalia looks to fall short.

Thanks. I thought they were pretty good TBH.

Quoting SEA (Reply 10):
Good pictures of places I've never heard of too in this series.

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Nice report also here.

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Nice snacks and sweets in the lounge at LIN, much better offerings then at MXP and FCO.

Yes, much nice lounge in LIN

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):

Great conclusion to your brief trip

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
Anyway, the pics of the various parts of Italy look pretty good - must visit more of the country, especially after my already brief visit last year got cut even shorter thanks to SN.

Thanks! Yes, it's a nice part of the country.



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User currently offlineCPAir From Brazil, joined Apr 2010, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4749 times:
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Hi, Gabriel, nice trip report, as always. Thanks for share, thanks for make me happy!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

Quoting CPAir (Reply 14):
Hi, Gabriel, nice trip report, as always. Thanks for share, thanks for make me happy!

Thanks, very kind words! Glad you enjoyed it!



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

Hola Gabriel!

Great conclusion of your quick trip to Japan.

Really enjoyed reading your Italian experience in Bari and Brindisi. Nice to see AZ delivered you home safe and sound.
Not bad to see that they still offer some deal of service on European routes although after your visit to the lounge in LIN it seems you were not really on the need for any more food.
I was once in LIN transferring from FCO to BCN and it confused me this thing that you had to exit into the main public area to reenter again, not very easy, especially if you are in a rush.

Just one small correction here,

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Shame I’m on my own

Amicis refers to the XIXc. Italian journey writer (a pre-a.netter we can call him) Edmundo d'Amicis, it would have stated 'amici' if referring to friends.

Looking forward to your African journey.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27122 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

Hey Gabriel  

Great report and pics as usual. AZ is at least getting some PR recently ! Might make up for the errors lol..  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kew Gardens

Arr my old haunt and area. Always nice to see it .  

T4 looks so weird these days with a mix of everything . Hard to get used too .

Anyway thanks for this report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):
Great conclusion of your quick trip to Japan.

Thanks!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):

Really enjoyed reading your Italian experience in Bari and Brindisi.

Thanks

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):
Not bad to see that they still offer some deal of service on European routes although after your visit to the lounge in LIN it seems you were not really on the need for any more food.

Well, it's the same everywhere now in Europe, no? Hardly anything onboard, so one must stock up in the lounge

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):
Amicis refers to the XIXc. Italian journey writer (a pre-a.netter we can call him) Edmundo d'Amicis, it would have stated 'amici' if referring to friends.

Ah, interesting to know Roger

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):

Great report and pics as usual.

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
T4 looks so weird these days with a mix of everything . Hard to get used too .

Yes, it's an odd terminal. Still, it's nice and quiet normally



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