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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13296 times:

Joyrides Around Europe


Europe - what can you say? I’d never been there before. I hadn’t been anywhere close.
Welcome everyone to my latest TR. This one covers my joyrides across Europe from January.

Thanks GCMap.com!

Picking up from part way through my previous report - The Cathay Pacific Intercontinental Marathon (by NZ107 Jul 2 2012 in Trip Reports), I find myself in Amsterdam.

1 January 2012

The dawn of a new year. And the dawn of another year of A.Net meets! I had planned to meet up with Suryo (Akhmad) and Eric (Airbuseric) for some spotting around Amsterdam Airport. Thanks a lot to both of you for a wonderful day! Schiphol is such a great airport for photography - there are only canals separating you from the planes so you have an unobstructed view over the runways. A pity that the weather was bad.. But it’s such a fun place for photography I know I’ll be back. I had stayed the night at the Novotel Amsterdam Airport. The clever designers placed the smoking area right outside the front entrance to the hotel which left me gagging between the bus and the hotel lobby until I simply held my breath when boarding the bus/leaving the bus.

MD-11s still flying passengers.. Will I get a chance to try it?
Dedicated to Suryo and Eric!
Thanks Eric for this photo!


Suryo kindly offered me a place to stay that night, as I made my way down towards Germany. Thank you so much Herman and Suryo for the wonderful hospitality and great cooking!

2 January 2012

A frantic dash through to the train station got me to my train to Dusseldorf just in time! I bade farewell Suryo and made my way across the border. My first ICE train journey was a very pleasant one. I had never come across such high tech trains before - the ones in New Zealand are diesel powered and are extremely loud and rickety. In comparison, this trip was quiet and smooth. I understand why trains are so important for intra-European travel.

I arrived at Dusseldorf hbf and met up with fellow A.Net photographer Stefan, Whisperjet for some spotting at Dusseldorf Airport. While not the busiest airport, it has a couple of great viewing terraces at either end of the airport and few widebodies, including those from Lufthansa. Air Berlin, Emirates and Etihad.

Dusseldorf
For Mo and Fetna
Dinner


I stayed at the Mercure Dusseldorf. Next time I know that staying near the train stations isn’t always a good idea!

The weather wasn’t the best but it was good enough for some photos. The same couldn’t be said about the following day though so we took a daytrip to Cologne, a quick train ride south of Dusseldorf. A nice little city with a grand cathedral!

The beautiful sunrise but it didn’t last
Cologne Cathedral



After spending the day there, I was a bit closer to my next stop - Frankfurt. Cologne is rather odd as it has two train stations on either side of the Rhine; and while the S-Bahn trains tend to stop at both, the ICE seems to only stop at one or the other. It required a walk across the river from the cathedral to get to the station from which I’d be taking my train to Frankfurt Airport.

A couple of nights in FRA had me set - one full day of spotting and then off to London the following day. FRA is huge and has an impressive list of aircraft and airlines visiting it from around the world. Anyway I won’t clog this TR up with my hundreds/thousands of aircraft pictures.. You can always go to the links provided at the bottom of the TR to see pictures.

The fine weather was deceiving as the wind was really cold. A few showers came across as well. Thanks to Frankfurt Aviation Friends member Ralf, I also managed to do some spotting at the new runway, 25R.

You can’t miss seeing at least one of these in FRA!
Defunct airline
Pretty much non-existent airline
I think I saw all the LH (and affiliates) Star Alliance logojets on that one day in Frankfurt!
NH 77W touching down on 25R
A cool piece of art in my hotel room at the Mercure Frankfurt Airport
5 January 2012

Time to leave Germany for now and head back to London. The weather forecast was horrendous for that day - visibility was poor, winds were strong and there was some rain about. Staying at the Mercure Frankfurt Airport, it was a short bus trip away from the terminals.

Although Frankfurt Airport was looking a bit old, the size made up for everything. And I encountered things I had never seen before such as baggage trolleys which can go on escalators! A pity that they were installing coin boxes when I was there and I suppose they may have started charging for them. My flight back to LHR was on BA so I made my way over to a self check-in kiosk, which didn’t work. The check-in desks were empty so I headed straight there and was quickly checked in.

The trolleys fascinated me..
They could go up and down the escalators!
Super impressive FIDS
Where do you want to go today?[b]


[b]More destinations over there!

No self check-in for me
I guess I’ll use the check-in assistance
Boarding pass


Not long after that, I met up with Daniel (LH4532) and had a good chat with him. Unfortunately, the observation decks at FRA are closed over the winter but the weather would have kept us inside anyway. Thanks for coming out to the airport to meet me!

I didn’t realise that there was basically nothing airside at FRA until I went airside. With a while before my flight, the gate area was completely deserted. The one thing keeping me amused were the pre-recorded announcements over the PA. They seem to use the same person who does the LHR announcements in English however when it is played, it is broken up with many pauses and sounds hilarious. I saw the BA 763 which I could have booked myself on still waiting at the gate next door when G-EUPX, the A319 to take me back to LHR, rolled into Gate D1. The weather by now seemed far worse than earlier on. Soon enough, it was time to board.

Airside at FRA
Some nice areas to relax in
My plane has arrived
The BA 763 scheduled to have left for LHR by now


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
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Flight Information

5 January 2012
Routing: Frankfurt - London Heathrow (FRA-LHR)
Airline: British Airways
Flight: BA907
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1150hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1222hrs (pushback), 1239hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1245hrs (GMT)
Touchdown: 1322hrs (GMT)
Flight time: 2 hrs
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Registration: G-EUPX
Seat: 9F


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Here was my first A319 flight on a 10 year old BA plane. Thanks to Eric, I learned that the front rows of the plane were interchangeable between J and Y; and thus had more legroom than the seats at the rear of the plane. The extra legroom was much appreciated, especially since we had an extra wait on the tarmac; however I would never pay full price for so-called Business to sit in these seats! The headrest was awful. We were onboard at 1145 and the 763 was still next to us - it should have left before we even boarded. The pilot came across on the PA and said that there would be a 200mph headwind back to London, there were thunderstorms in the area and also that the winds were too strong for Runway 18 departures; so it slowed everything at the airport down. The BA 763 finally pushed back at around midday (after the scheduled departure time of our plane), showing the slot restrictions. Luckily, the pilots managed to get into an earlier slot so we were pushed back at 1222. They were going to serve drinks before departure but the improved time meant that they both didn’t have to and ran out of time to do so on the ground.

More legroom in the flexi J/Y zone
Cabin shot before departure
Treated to interesting traffic
Finally pushed back in horrible weather
This 744 took a shortcut and lined up before us



The flight was surprisingly smooth as we fought the strong headwinds. I was expecting it to be a little rougher. Anyway, another uneventful flight over cloud had us eventually descending for LHR. A holding pattern followed for the 10-15 minutes prior to arrival and as we pulled out of the holding pattern, we descended through a hole in the clouds, revealing a wonderful view of London City! That was spectacular. Everything from the new Olympic stadium to Buckingham Palace could be seen. A simple touchdown on 25L and that was the end of that flight.


Bye FRA!
The runway where I was spotting the afternoon before
It’s always nice above the clouds!
Service
England
Holding pattern
Exiting the holding pattern
Wow, what a stunning view over London!
London 2012 Olympic Park
Landed 27R


I had a bit of time to kill so I ended up trying to find my way to Myrtle Ave. The tube was quoting some ridiculous price of 5 Pounds to get from T5 to Hatton Cross.. And I didn’t know of the free bus from T1,2,3 either. So I took a train to T4 and somehow walked out of there by going through the Hilton and some other odd roads with a full suitcase. Now I know how to get there for next time! There was a really nice sunset and it reminded me of my conversations with Sandeep Das, saying how Myrtle Ave was his favourite spotting place at LHR. And this was only a few days before he passed away. So it was extra special to be visiting that place at last.




London was my home for the next few days. A few photos follow. I recommend the London Pass if you think that you’re going to go to a lot of sites. Thanks to Globetraveller and Mark (BA319-131) for accompanying me at LHR for a day of spotting! One of the ‘highlights’ of London included being “Piccadillied” - a term I made up for being stuck on the Piccadilly Line heading into town from LHR for more than an hour in one spot. It happened again a few days later as well.

Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
I’d been mesmerised by this odd courtyard area in the middle of London after watching royal processions like Prince William’s wedding
Downing Street, residence of the Prime Minister of UK
Big Ben (now also known stupidly as the Elizabeth Tower)
Typical tourist shot
Changing of the Guard for the cavalry
Looking down The Mall to Buckingham Palace
The horses finally caught up
Changing of the Guard which everyone refers to
Gate to Buckingham Palace
New Zealand war memorial sculpture at Hyde Park Corner
Something I didn’t expect to see in the middle of London!
The Serpentine, Hyde Park
Princess Diana memorial
Harrod’s
Night at Piccadilly Circus
Soho Square
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, made famous by the Beatles
Twickenham Stadium - the home of England Rugby
My friend and I drinking water from the England changing room’s drinking fountain
Wimbledon
Parliament Buildings
Churchill War Rooms
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
Tower Bridge
Back at Tower of London
The building that houses the (surely fake) Crown Jewels
Nice view from the tower walls
Former public execution site
Greenwich Meridian
Canary Wharf
Wembley Stadium, home of England Football/soccer
Pitch side
Me and the FA Cup
London City Airport
BA A318 to JFK
Titan



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13349 times:

Next stop, Zurich. I didn’t write anything on this as I wasn’t feeling very well; plus there was hardly a difference between the other 2 BA flights I took. As it was a night flight, no pictures were taken either. I met up with Tis (CYP353) for a bit of an adventure to a few southern European ports.

After a day of rest, it was time to head up into the Swiss Alps (Bernese Oberland). Although I would have loved to be skiing that day, we were there for the Patrouille Suisse display at the Ski World Cup held on Lauberhorn; and also to shoot helicopters on what could be described as the most scenic temporary helipad in the world. We were approximately 2200m above sea level and across the valley from us stood 3 giant mountains - Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The last of the 3 is known for having the highest train station in Europe. No time for a visit this time but the view was breathtaking enough as it was!

Beautiful Lake Brienz
Beautiful Swiss Alps village, Wengen
Sun rising over the Top of Europe
Beautiful!
Helicopters
And the Patrouille Suisse!


Thanks also to Florian and Michael for a great time up in the Alps!


Our next flight left from Geneva. It was an early morning get wake up to reach our train on time to take us across the beautiful country. We managed to fit a fair bit of spotting in Geneva before our evening flight on Easyjet to Lisbon.

Lauterbrunnen
The view along Lake Thun
EK 77L



GVA seemed like a rather tired airport. OLCI had been done a while beforehand so there was no issue about the strict check in times. Without anything else to do, we passed through security and waited for our flight.

Flight Information

15 January 2012
Routing: Geneva - Lisbon (GVA-LIS)
Airline: Easyjet Switzerland
Flight: DS1449
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1650hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1700hrs (pushback), 1715hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1830hrs (GMT)
Touchdown: 1823hrs
Flight time: 2 hr 23 min
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Registration: HB-JZY
Seat: 18F


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Easyjet was the easy choice for this sector. Rather cheap and at a good time for us. Although the gate area looked chaotic, boarding was orderly and the load turned out to be quite light, meaning I managed to get a row all to myself.

The sun was starting to set as we took our seats on the right hand side of the plane. Little did we know what we were in for! The seats on Easyjet have no recline but there was sufficient legroom for this leg.

Golden Hour
Legroom



The engines eventually started and made the taxi to Runway 05, right past where we had been standing in the cold wind for a few hours! There was a little bit of traffic but it didn’t take long before we were on our way.



Our departure on Rwy 05 was followed by a 180 degree turn with a brilliant view of the Swiss Alps, including Mont Blanc. Since we were flying southwest, we were chasing the sun and we had a whole 2 hours of sunset until we started our descent into LIS. I spent the flight relaxing and enjoying the longest ‘golden hour’ I have ever experienced. It was a shame that most of the cloud was covering the parts of France and Spain in which we flew across.

Lining up
Awesome bank with the Swiss/French Alps and Mont Blanc in the back


There was a great view of Lisbon as we descended. Unfortunately it was too dark to capture anything. The approach from the south took us over the city and onto Runway 03.

My first Schengen flight had been completed - that meant no stamp in the passport from Lisbon (or Geneva) for me. We were into the common Schengen gate area and found the toilets before we left. I took one look at the row of taps and thought to myself no wonder Portugal was in an economic crisis. There were 6 sinks in a row - The first was an empty hole where a tap should be, two were automatic sensor taps, the next was a push tap, the fifth had a spout with nothing to turn it on with and the sixth was an automatic sensor tap which happened to turn taps 5 and 6 on at the same time! I couldn’t stop laughing after noticing that. It had me wondering what impact austerity measures were having on the rest of the country!

It could be a good prank to play on people


The Airport bus is one of the easiest ways to get from the airport to the old downtown area; where we were staying. The hotel we had booked was called Hotel Vincci Baixa and was situated a couple of roads in from the sea. The hotel itself was really nice and quite new looking - I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again on future trips to Lisbon. Free wifi is always a blessing in hotels! The room was sufficiently big and included just about everything you needed for a night’s stay.

The old part of Lisbon is beautiful. The vast majority of Lisbon was razed to the ground following the huge earthquake of 1755 and a huge rebuild took place over the lower downtown area, known as Baixa Pombalina. The streets are layered with impressive mosaics instead of the usual asphalted roads seen today. The buildings are beautiful too. From my time spent in the city, it was hard to see that Lisbon was affected by the whole credit crunch/debt problem.

Praca de Comercio by night
And day
Not San Francisco! The Atlantic version
Cute little trams
Great streets, not the usual asphalt
View from Sao Jorge Castle


After some spotting at the airport, it was time to head airside for our flight to BCN. We had already checked in online at the hotel (laptops available free of charge from the hotel, thumbs up!) and we could use our phones as our boarding passes. Security took a little while but the airport itself wasn’t overly busy. There was a crowd of people for the gate leading to some stairs - we had a bus gate for TP. What I found hilarious about this was the fact that our Easyjet plane had used an airbridge the day before and we were looking out the window at a Vueling jet sitting at an airbridge gate too! Yet poor old TAP can’t even get a gate with an airbridge at its own hub! It was already dark by the time we boarded the bus so not much could be seen. We were the last ones up the stairs and onto the plane. We had barely reached our row, let alone sat in our seats, when the plane was pushed back! It was the most bizarre boarding I’ve ever had!

Boarding
Flight Information

16 January 2012
Routing: Lisbon - Barcelona (LIS-BCN)
Airline: TAP Portugal
Flight: TP1046
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1900hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1700hrs (pushback), 1715hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1830hrs (GMT)
Touchdown: 1823hrs
Flight time: 2 hr 23 min
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Registration: CS-TTD
Seat: 17A


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So we had already pushed back - who knows if they were fighting for on time performance figures or something because there was no other traffic around! A quick taxi led us to the same runway we landed on the night before. A firm crosswind meant for a decent crab to fight the wind on takeoff and you could feel the whole plane shuddering and turning into the wind to stay on the runway. With a sudden woosh, we were airborne. More turbulence was experienced during the climb but it was calm for the cruise across the Iberian Peninsula.

The seat and legroom were fine, the decor seemed slightly aging.



Before the snack service, I headed to the rear to take a couple of photos. The flight attendant said I was not allowed to take cabin photos but allowed me to take one.. That really got me confused. But I took one anyway..



TAP serves a snack on these flights. We received a sandwich roll accompanied with this strange strawberry drink. The sandwich roll was very tasty.



The rest of the flight was uneventful and we made our way to BCN without a hitch.

Parked up at BCN


One night and one morning in Barcelona. Not the longest time but a little taste of the place. The old part of the city looks nice and I won’t hesitate to return for another visit.

Christopher Columbus statue
My first look at water in the Mediterranean Sea
Sagrada Familia
The better looking back side to the church


Our afternoon flight was on Ryanair. You can’t go to Europe without trying Ryanair! Our boarding passes were printed after the tickets were purchased so there was no problem at all with that. Ryanair uses Terminal 2 at BCN - the not so nice looking one. The only ‘issue’ with flying Ryanair was that anyone without a European ID had to get ‘clearance’ from the check in area that you were the same person booked for the flight. Odd rules! We just sat around the gate area until boarding.



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13342 times:

Flight Information

17 January 2012
Routing: Barcelona - Rome Ciampino (BCN-CIA)
Airline: Ryanair
Flight: FR6314
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1500hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1459hrs (pushback), 1516hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1645hrs (GMT+1)
Touchdown: 1634hrs
Flight time: 1 hr 18 min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Registration: EI-EBP
Seat: 6A


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We had priority boarding - the small fee pays off big time for us photographers as we can choose whatever seat with the view we want! I was first onboard and took my seat in front of the wing. The cabin was hot for some strange reason. Luckily for me, nobody sat in the middle seat so it didn’t feel too bad. Legroom was sufficient but I found the seat hard. By the end of the flight, my lower back/backside was pretty sore!

We took a huge taxi right around to the other side of Terminal 1 and departed on 07R.

Behind 07L
Not a souvenir
Lining up 07R
Bye Barcelona



The uneventful flight took us over the Mediterranean Sea and between Corsica and Sardinia before flying over FCO and Rome and landing at CIA. A few runs of food and duty free were made. It basically meant I couldn’t get out of my seat to take photos because there was always someone in the aisle doing something! I can’t fault Ryanair for anything - they provide a service which usually runs on time and gets you from A to B. No frills, but you can expect little from airlines these days anyway. Stick to their rules and you have a cheap mode of air travel.

Strait between Corsica and Sardinia
Vodafone advertising in this one
Terra Firma Italia
Flying right over FCO
Lovely light for approach into CIA



Touchdown in Rome was made at around sunset - the final rays of sunlight caught us as we were disembarking. After many stories from my parents and others, I was prepared to be met with a whole group of gypsies in the arrivals hall. To my surprise, there were none at all! Maybe it was winter so they were hibernating or something..

Nearly a nice shot


The bus trip into Rome was fairly long and I got a taste of Rome’s rush hour. People are crazy! We made it unscathed to Roma Termini (Rome’s central station) and took the metro to our hotel located near the Vatican.

The Vatican at night


We had one whole day to spend in Rome and it’s quite obvious that it’d be spent doing some sightseeing and taking in the views of magnificent ancient buildings. Pictures speak a thousand words so I’ll let them show the way around Rome! What a city - there were no crowds/queues in winter so I probably picked the best time to go.

If you want the Spanish Steps all to yourself, go in winter!
Trevi Fountain
The Pantheon
Amazing building
Piazza Navona
Pons Fabricius/Ponte Fabricio - the oldest bridge in Rome to cross the Tiber

Il Vittoriano
Colosseum
Impressive
Roman Forum
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After two nights in Rome, it was time to head back to Switzerland! How better to do that than by logging a new aircraft! That was the Dornier 328, operated by Skywork. They are unheard of down in this area of the world. The airport train from Roma Termini took us to Rome Fiumicino smoothly and efficiently. We checked in and got our window seats - the flight wasn’t expected to be very full. We were also informed of a slight reschedule and we’d be departing an hour later. We had plenty of time so it didn’t matter to us. There’s a nice spot at the McDonald’s restaurant which looks over the apron and one of the runways but unfortunately, the windows were double glazed and rather dirty.

Boarding pass
Another Uzbek plane



Through security, we sat around our gate - another bus required here. As boarding was announced, two others turned up at the gate. Total passenger load was to be 4! The bus took us around to the hard stand. We were greeted by 2 flight attendants as we boarded and were told we could sit anywhere except for the front half of the plane due to weight balancing. A bit of a shame as I wanted to go up front to get pictures that weren’t going to be affected by the exhaust fumes. So there were 8 people onboard and a ratio of one FA per 2 passengers! This ensured for excellent service!

Deserted gate
Parked alongside our plane - EI-EIA (Nearly Old McDonald’s plane)
Interesting airline



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Flight Information

19 January 2012
Routing: Rome Fiumicino/Leonardo Da Vinci - Bern (FCO-BRN)
Airline: Skywork Airlines
Flight: SX401
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1225hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1332hrs (pushback), 1342hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1405hrs (GMT+1)
Touchdown: 1516hrs
Flight time: 1 hr 18 min
Aircraft: Dornier 328
Registration: HB-AEO
Seat: 10D

(That’s a first - there are no pictures of HB-AEO in the A.Net database! Instead, I’ll use a photo of its sibling)

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This 3-abreast plane is a nice little prop and a fairly spacious cabin for its size. Enough legroom for the short flight too.



We took off to the north. The FAs came around to offer entertainment of an iPad. Neither of the other two passengers took them so we both got one to use for the flight. They’re loaded with some stuff but I didn’t really play with it too much. And funnily enough, the background picture was of a wooden Maori wood carving; from New Zealand! I didn’t feel exactly homesick but it was one of the last places I expected to see something Maori!

Bank to the north
IFE - iPad
The Maori wood carving. The meaning behind the poked tongue means - “After I kill you, I’m going to eat you” (The Maori were cannibals before missionaries came)


Next to come was the inflight service - some cold cuts, a bun and a bottle of water. Not bad at all for a short hop up to Bern.



While we were eating, we were alerted to something below by the other passengers - they had spotted the Costa Concordia lying on its side, having run aground 6 days earlier. What a sight that was and hopefully I won’t see anything like it again.




A nice view of the Swiss Alps followed shortly after and that was the signal for the beginning of the end of the flight. It wasn’t the smoothest approach into Bern but one that got us onto the runway safely. Apparently Bern can be fogged out frequently in the winter and traffic gets diverted to other airports around Switzerland so it was good we managed to land. It didn’t take long for the disembarkation and we were on our way across the apron to the nice little terminal at Bern. I was surprised that they even had a working carousel! Any airport this small in New Zealand would be complete with a garage for the luggage cart to drive in and stop with all the bags still on the trailers.

Approach over Bern
Nice cabin
The big brother
They have a baggage carousel at BRN!


A quick bus ride to the Bern train station to take the train back to Zurich completed the southern European leg of the trip and we were set to go to Innsbruck the day after.

The train to Innsbruck took us through fairly heavy snow which fell overnight.. And it was still falling while we were climbing the hills around Liechtenstein. In fact, it snowed all day so the spotting session was restricted to staying at the covered observation deck. Our accommodation was at the well known spotter’s chalet named Kranebitterhof - it lies near the end of the western end of the runway - a short walk to the perimeter. It’s a fantastic place, highly recommended. It takes 2 buses to get there from the airport. The breakfast offering is amazing as well!

If you are planning to travel to Innsbruck in winter, I highly recommend flying Austrian in and out as most of the pilots showed that they could actually land in this horrible weather. We were watching so many diversions from FR24 head to Salzburg and Munich.

Somewhere near Liechtenstein
One of the few things to land
Beautiful snow
Our accommodation
Schnitzel in Austria.. Next time it’ll be from Vienna!



The next morning, we woke up to more snow! It had dumped at least a foot overnight. I had never seen snow like it before. We were crazy enough to head down to the fence to try and get some pictures but the snow was too heavy to get many decent shots. The rest of the day was spent at the same observation deck. Luckily it cleared up later that afternoon to allow for some really nice shots before it got dark.

We are crazy plane spotters - heavy snow and we’re outside!
But you get great opportunities to shoot like this
Very fitting for the Austrian ski team to arrive
Snow so heavy the snow blower got stuck
OE-FLP did flip!
Reliable Austrians
Innsbruck across the river



Next up was the evening train to Munich, where I’d stay for a few days. Not much to see and an empty train meant I had a whole compartment to myself. It was still snowing and the train back to Zurich for Tis has a bus component somewhere in the mix due to a line blockage. I had picked my hotel to be the Hotel Royal, not far from Munich hbf as I thought that it was best to be close to the main train station for moving around. Some reports on Trip Advisor had mentioned that it was quite a shady area and a few strip clubs etc around but none of that seemed to matter and it was a perfectly fine place, especially given the price. A full breakfast was provided without any extra charge every morning - a huge change to the chain hotels which charged ridiculous amounts. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at that hotel again.



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Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13320 times:

The following day, I had arranged to meet PlaneHunter at Munich Airport for a day of spotting. The weather wasn’t perfect but it was an enjoyable meet. Thanks a lot PH for showing me the spotting locations at MUC!

It was a nice livery..
Tank escort
Ruler of MUC
Having its contract cancelled by LH later this year
Now retired from the LH fleet
Emirates’ daily A380



A few photos of my time in Munich follow.

Town Hall
Medieval gate to the old city
Hofbrauhaus beer hall
Stein locker
Impressive beer hall!
Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern Munich (Greatest club team in Germany )
They claimed that these were LH Business seats.. Look more like Y seats
BMW World
This building must have been bombed during WWII..


Time to fly back to Switzerland! I had eyed this flight up for a long time.. A chance to fly on what was my favourite plane when I was young - the BAe 146/Avro RJ100. It was off to the airport for my first Swiss flight.

They layout of MUC is rather interesting.. The area in between the terminals is a covered square. But it isn’t fully enclosed - it only has a roof which doesn’t even stretch the whole way between the two terminals. Getting from the train station located in Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 (Lufthansa’s terminal) requires walking outside in the cold. It’s one flaw to an otherwise seemingly fine airport. As Swiss is a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, they use Terminal 2.

Courtyard between the terminals


Using the check in kiosks, I had my boarding pass in no time. I only had carryon luggage so I headed for security. Through the x-ray machines, the lady wanted to check out my camera gear and lenses. That’s the first time on the trip I’d been enquired about it and she got me to take photos using each lens. Quite interesting!

LH/*A self check in kiosk
MUC FIDS


I had forgotten all about the awesome self-serve coffee areas in the LH part of the terminal so I just sat around and waited for my flight to arrive. It eventually rolled up to the gate.

Little Jumbolino
Flight Information

24 January 2012
Routing: Munich - Zurich (MUC-ZRH)
Airline: Swiss International Airlines (Swiss European Airlines)
Flight: LX1105
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1405hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1412hrs (pushback), 1425hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1500hrs (GMT+1)
Touchdown: 1502hrs
Flight time: 37 min
Aircraft: Avro RJ100
Registration: HB-IXO
Seat: 17F


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Swiss European Airlines is the subsidiary of Swiss International Airlines operating the Avro fleets on behalf of Swiss. These will be replaced by the Bombardier CSeries jets, when they eventually arrive.

The airbridge drops right down to the RJ100 level - quite impressive. No more walking in the cold until Zurich! There was a friendly welcome onboard and I made my way down to my seat behind the wing. We sat in the plane for a good 20 minutes - something which increased the value of what I paid for such a short flight  Two hairdryer-mobiles side by side


There wasn’t really much to the flight at all. We taxied to the runway, took off, got a drink and a chocolate and that’s all the time we had before we began our descent to Zurich. Nevertheless, it was great to be able to fly on a BAe/Avrojet once again - a plane which had been gone from scheduled services in New Zealand for 10 years.


Spoiler test during the taxi
Drink service
Swiss chocolate
Touchdown Runway 14



A bit of WEF (World Economic Forum) spotting of bizjets and government planes followed over the next few days before taking the TGV to Paris and ending the trip to Europe. Some pictures follow.

One of the colourful BBJs
Ukraine Govt
Mexican 752
Edelweiss A332
Privatair 752
Malev Retro Q400
Polish E175
SQ A380



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13315 times:

Paris

Painting above Napoleon’s tomb
Napoleon’s tomb
Seeing the Statue of Liberty without having to go to New York!
Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysee
Notre Dame
Thanks Madame Concorde – what a great bakery this place was!
The Louvre
Mona Lisa
La Opera
Galeries Lafayette
Sacre Coeur
No trip to Paris is complete without going to Le Bourget!
Dassault Mercure 100
Caravelle
Concorde
Call these windows?
Paris from Tour Montparnasse



Well that ends this long report.. I hope it gives some insight into the airlines I flew with during this trip. A lot hasn’t changed in terms of service onboard flights after having read some TRs over the year. Sorry for the length - I didn’t know how to split it. There are so many more photos I could have added to this report. Check the websites below to find more if you’re interested. Thanks again for reading- your comments are always welcome!

Cheers,
Nicholas




Acknowledgements
Thanks to everyone I met for their wonderful Hospitality!
Suryo, Eric, Mark, GT, PH, Daniel, Stefan and Flo.
Special thanks to Tis and Denise for everything while I was in Switzerland; and Tis for helping plan and also accompanying me on this trip!


Camera Equipment:
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

http://www.nickyoungphotos.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anz787900/
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?pid=17353


Previous Trip Reports:
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 1 2008 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air New Zealand: NZ105 AKL-SYD Economy (by NZ107 Feb 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 Inaugural SYD-AKL (by NZ107 Feb 15 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 1 Air NZ AKL-WLG-AKL (by NZ107 Jun 24 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 2 JQ/DJ AKL (by NZ107 Jul 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 1: Air NZ AKL-CHC-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 2: EK A380 Revisited (by NZ107 Jan 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 3: East Coast Adventure (by NZ107 Feb 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 4: Int'l On Domestic (by NZ107 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 5: Capital Stopover (by NZ107 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 6: Homebound On EK A380 (by NZ107 Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 7: The DUD Diversion (by NZ107 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Touch Of Nostalgia - Jumpseating The CV580 (by NZ107 Aug 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Aerolineas Argentinas A342 AKL-SYD (by NZ107 Sep 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Emirates A340-500 MEL-AKL (by NZ107 Nov 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat Long Haul: NZ2- The Flagship Route (by NZ107 Dec 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Low Cost Vs Legacy, Southwest Vs United LAX-SFO (by NZ107 Jan 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Delay And An Upgrade: NZ5- Upper Deck (by NZ107 Jan 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Y+ Spaceseat, The Trial: NZ 77W Inaugural AKL-MEL (by NZ107 Feb 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf? (by NZ107 Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinegrecomark From Philippines, joined Jan 2012, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13176 times:

I haven't gone through the whole TR because I'm currently reviewing for exams, BUT your photos are looking great! Cheers!

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13134 times:

Thanks for writing the trip report, I have a few trip reports from the past 2 years I should finish and add to a.net.

I liked the face you include some non aviation type photos as well.

Were there any places you had been to before or was it all new.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 12880 times:

Great report Nicholas, with some AMAZING photos as always! Thanks for sharing, and I am glad you enjoyed your first trip to Europe!

User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 778 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 12731 times:

What a great report !

I´m quite impressed regarding your extensive european itinerary which is something I´ve never seen on a.net (at least not by someone from "below down-under" ...). Most spotters/aviation geeks - in particular those from English speaking countries - stick to the wellknown places (LHR/CDG/AMS/FRA).
And you were quite brave considering you did it in winter !

Nevertheless your photos are great and I enjoyed every bit of this report !
It reminded me that SX is still on my to-do list for a while now ...

It´s good you had some nice company at the variuos places which certainly made the experience much better. Local knowledge is always invaluable.



I miss the sound of rolls royce darts and speys
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 12097 times:

Quoting grecomark (Reply 7):

Hope you enjoy it when you go through it.

Quoting BNE" class="quote" target="_blank">BNE (Reply 8):

Thanks BNE! I didn't fly half way round the world just to take flights/take pictures of planes.. So I'm glad I had the opportunity to do other things!

I had never been to Europe before this trip so everything was new once I had departed HKG for LHR.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Great report Nicholas, with some AMAZING photos as always! Thanks for sharing, and I am glad you enjoyed your first trip to Europe!

Thanks Robert! Glad you enjoyed. Indeed, the cold weather of Jan 12 didn't deter me either! I would love to go back; though preferably in a different season - maybe not spring seeing that it's still freezing over there!

Quoting MHG" class="quote" target="_blank">MHG (Reply 10):
I´m quite impressed regarding your extensive european itinerary which is something I´ve never seen on a.net (at least not by someone from "below down-under" ...). Most spotters/aviation geeks - in particular those from English speaking countries - stick to the wellknown places (LHR/CDG/AMS/FRA).
And you were quite brave considering you did it in winter !

Thanks MHG! There's so much more to explore in Europe as well! Also I haven't touched any part of Eastern Europe yet.. Something which would be nice to do sometime. It turns out that winter wasn't too bad either because there were no crowds to speak of.

Quoting MHG" class="quote" target="_blank">MHG (Reply 10):
It reminded me that SX is still on my to-do list for a while now ...

Well worth it, especially if you haven't flown on a Do-328 before!

Quoting MHG" class="quote" target="_blank">MHG (Reply 10):
It´s good you had some nice company at the variuos places which certainly made the experience much better. Local knowledge is always invaluable.

Indeed, it sure did! Local knowledge is appreciated wherever you go!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 11823 times:
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Great photos from your amazing travels throughout Europe! What great views - and I love a few of them. The one of the A380 of SQ I think is my favorite - incredible shot!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Serpentine, Hyde Park

I love London. One of my favorite cities to visit - and all the parks are just so amazing to walk through. Glad you enjoyed everything!

Best Regards,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11798 times:

Amazing report. Great pics from what I'm sure was a great trip. Any pics of the 748I while in FRA? Your pics of Switzerland look amazing, picture postcard kinda stuff

User currently offlineWSTAKL From New Zealand, joined Jun 2011, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11727 times:

Hi Nicholas,

Another interesting, informative, and awesome trip report!

Good to see you got to Lord's. As a massive cricket fan, watching New Zealand take on the Poms at Lord's is definitely on my bucket list.

I take it the armoured escort for LY is for potential terrorism reasons? Any idea if other airlines require this?


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 11596 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):

Thanks Matthew! Yep, I couldn't leave that SQ picture out! It's a little bit of a shame that London's on the other side of the world to me!

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 13):
Amazing report. Great pics from what I'm sure was a great trip. Any pics of the 748I while in FRA? Your pics of Switzerland look amazing, picture postcard kinda stuff

Thanks mate! Glad you enjoyed. Nope, the 748 wasn't in service at the time of this trip. However, maybe the following picture will give you a hint into upcoming trips  
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It's a beauty... One I want to fly sometime!

Switzerland is quite like the South Island. If you haven't taken the drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound, I recommend that too! You'll get close to feeling like you're in Switzerland while driving alongside Lake Te Anau. I suppose that's another TR for another day too, when it's time to boost NZ tourism again  
Quoting WSTAKL (Reply 14):
Another interesting, informative, and awesome trip report!

Good to see you got to Lord's. As a massive cricket fan, watching New Zealand take on the Poms at Lord's is definitely on my bucket list.

I take it the armoured escort for LY is for potential terrorism reasons? Any idea if other airlines require this?

Thanks Gareth! Yeah, I got that London Pass and made sure I got around to the main stadiums. Lord's was great - the feel of all these great cricketers having walked through the Long Room to the field.. So yes, something for my bucket list in the future too!

I think LY is the only airline in the world which requires an escort while taxiing. Like most people, I think it's complete overkill. Though in Germany, they send a tank and in other places like LAX, it's not quite as armoured!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11400 times:

Hi Nicholas

Great report and stunning pics - you certainly managed to cover a lot of territory on your first trip here to Europe.

I loved the mix of aircraft and destination pics - really good to see. The pics from Switzerland were very special. Looks like you had a wide mix of weather when you were here, which is pretty representative for Europe all year round.

Visiting here in the winter can certainly have its advantages, particularly for those cities/regions that are not "seasonal" in nature. London is busy all year round these days - some sun spots in the Med however are so seasonal that they practically close down between October and April so it can be hit or miss, depending on where you go.

Nice to see some pics from Lisbon as well - although quite run down in parts, there is so much atmosphere there and it's such an interesting city, with a long history. I think Portugal is very underrated generally - it's a fascinating country and often gets overlooked because of its much bigger and higher profile neighbour  
Quote:
16 January 2012
Routing: Lisbon - Barcelona (LIS-BCN)
Airline: TAP Portugal
Flight: TP1046
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1900hrs (GMT+1)
Actual Departure: 1700hrs (pushback), 1715hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1830hrs (GMT)
Touchdown: 1823hrs
Flight time: 2 hr 23 min
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Registration: CS-TTD
Seat: 17A

Are you sure it was 2 hr 23 mins to fly from LIS to BCN? The distance is just over 1000km which means at most, the flight time should be no more than 1.5 hours max. Did you have to hold over BCN for some reason?

Thanks again - Palmjet



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11279 times:

Hey

Great to follow up on your Europe story. Really enjoyed the pics.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11194 times:

Hi Nicholas,

great report here with some truly stunning pictures. Just to pick one out, I really like the one with the EK 777 in front of the mountains.

And a wonderful trip around Europe you have made here, you have covered quite a lot during your visit. Also a nice variety of airlines, with everything from the big legacy carriers to the LCCs and you even included a flight with Skywork, well done here.

CaptainRed


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11088 times:

Hi Nicholas !

Great to finally see your trip report of your first trip to Europe!

Fantastic pictures as usual and some interesting planes rides like SkyWork as well.

Really nice pictures of all the cities that you visited !

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10869 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Great report and stunning pics - you certainly managed to cover a lot of territory on your first trip here to Europe.

Hi Palmjet, thanks for your comments! I did, but there was so much more I wanted to see.. Obviously that's now for another trip!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
I loved the mix of aircraft and destination pics - really good to see. The pics from Switzerland were very special. Looks like you had a wide mix of weather when you were here, which is pretty representative for Europe all year round.

I wasn't going to bore myself or anyone else writing solely on flights   I'd had enough of boring BA flights (especially seeing that most of them had no view) so it was good to mix up the airlines too. I knew what weather I was in for but I was surprised how sunny it was in London when I was there! I had expected it to be the gloomiest of all the cities I visited.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Visiting here in the winter can certainly have its advantages, particularly for those cities/regions that are not "seasonal" in nature. London is busy all year round these days - some sun spots in the Med however are so seasonal that they practically close down between October and April so it can be hit or miss, depending on where you go.

Very true - I loved the fact that there were no queues at all in Rome so I just went on through. A pity I didn't have enough time for a tour of the Sistine Chapel. But I know when the best time to revisit Rome is!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Are you sure it was 2 hr 23 mins to fly from LIS to BCN? The distance is just over 1000km which means at most, the flight time should be no more than 1.5 hours max. Did you have to hold over BCN for some reason?

Whoops, I think I just copied and pasted that section from the previous sector and then forgot to fill the rest of the bits in. Flight time was 1:33. Good to know someone reads it!   It was a straight in approach - no holding (in fact, I don't think we did a holding pattern anywhere else in Europe apart from LHR!).

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):

Great to follow up on your Europe story. Really enjoyed the pics.

Thanks Marc, glad you enjoyed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
great report here with some truly stunning pictures. Just to pick one out, I really like the one with the EK 777 in front of the mountains.

Thanks CaptainRed! Yep, that's one of my favourites from GVA too.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
And a wonderful trip around Europe you have made here, you have covered quite a lot during your visit. Also a nice variety of airlines, with everything from the big legacy carriers to the LCCs and you even included a flight with Skywork, well done here.

That was the aim - to try out all different types of airlines and try to vary the equipment too. I'm a little disappointed I didn't get to try out AF/KL/LH (plus others) but I'm sure they'll be around for a few more years to come. I had never seen a Dornier before this trip so I was glad to take a ride in one!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Great to finally see your trip report of your first trip to Europe!

Fantastic pictures as usual and some interesting planes rides like SkyWork as well.

Really nice pictures of all the cities that you visited !

Hi Lars, thanks for your comments! Skywork was nearly a default choice for our trip back to Switzerland from Rome but I'm glad I took it! Hopefully next time I'm in Europe, the weather will be nicer for photography!


Cheers,
Nicholas


PS I have noticed that the photos are playing up.. Might pay to come back in a day or two if they won't load. I guess there aren't many reliable photo host sites out there..



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10536 times:

Hi Nicholas,

amazing report! You can make even the 'boring and usual' EU hops interesting and the amazing pictures also help a lot  
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Welcome everyone to my latest TR. This one covers my joyrides across Europe from January.

That is a crazy map! It must have taken quite a lot of time to plan everything. Good to see that you were able to maximize your time in Europe and visit a lot of interesting places.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
A chance to fly on what was my favourite plane when I was young - the BAe 146/Avro RJ100. It was off to the airport for my first Swiss flight.

I will be taking this flight in August, my first Avro RJ100 flight and I'm looking forward to that! Was supposed to do just a quick LJU-ZRH-LJU hop but my first flight was cancelled and they rebooked me via MUC, nice outcome.

I look forward to your future reports, I know you must have quite some stories to share with us  

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9963 times:

What an amazing compilation. Great detail, excellent photos, and a very creative list of airlines! Well done!

I was definitely aware of all this when you had briefly mentioned this trip to me before, but seeing it here in a report puts it in such great perspective  

I was especially interested in your pictures of Lisbon! Definitely things i would need to check out on my upcoming trip there next month!

Does LIS have a viewing gallery to watch planes and all?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
They seem to use the same person who does the LHR announcements in English however when it is played, it is broken up with many pauses and sounds hilarious.

If i am not mistaken, it may be the same lady that is used in DOH too. Not too sure though. But one of my favorite ones is the Scottish lady at HKG. I understand Hong Kong's historic ties to the UK, but the specific Scottish accent always throws me   haha


Many thanks for sharing this with us! Looking forward to more!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1269 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9835 times:
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Hi Nicholas,

Great report. Such amazing spotting pics and equally nice pics of the cities you visited.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Europe - what can you say? I’d never been there before. I hadn’t been anywhere close.

We get lots of intra Europe reports from our European a.netters, so it was nice to see a report of intra Europe flights from someone like you from the other side of the world, well Middle Earth!!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Thanks a lot to both of you for a wonderful day!

Glad you could have met them!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Schiphol is such a great airport for photography - there are only canals separating you from the planes so you have an unobstructed view over the runways

I dream of spotting at AMS someday...but of course in summer when the weather will be nicer.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The clever designers placed the smoking area right outside the front entrance to the hotel which left me gagging between the bus and the hotel lobby until I simply held my breath when boarding the bus/leaving the bus.

I know how spoiled we can get having almost every place except outdoors make into smoke free environments.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Thanks Eric for this photo!

Excellent shot! though I would have kept the KLM 744 into focus as well.....just my opinion.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
You can always go to the links provided at the bottom of the TR to see pictures.

I will most definitely go to the links

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Thanks to Frankfurt Aviation Friends member Ralf, I also managed to do some spotting at the new runway, 25R.
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The runway where I was spotting the afternoon before

Where exactly were you spotting from at FRA?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Wow, what a stunning view over London!

London does have some stunning views from the air.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
So it was extra special to be visiting that place at last.

Glad you could!!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Typical tourist shot

And why not lol

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Thanks to Globetraveller and Mark (BA319-131) for accompanying me at LHR for a day of spotting!

I guess I'll have to go to the links to see the LHR spotting pics

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
And the Patrouille Suisse!

Awesome shot!!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
It could be a good prank to play on people

Hilarious

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Vodafone advertising in this one

Looks like the inside of a subway car

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
We are crazy plane spotters - heavy snow and we’re outside!

I need to do this next time we have a snowstorm...but then I guess everything will comes to a standstill here

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The following day, I had arranged to meet PlaneHunter at Munich Airport for a day of spotting. The weather wasn’t perfect but it was an enjoyable meet. Thanks a lot PH for showing me the spotting locations at MUC!

You met some a.net giants on this trip  


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9724 times:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 21):
amazing report! You can make even the 'boring and usual' EU hops interesting and the amazing pictures also help a lot

Hi Blaz,

Thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 21):
That is a crazy map! It must have taken quite a lot of time to plan everything. Good to see that you were able to maximize your time in Europe and visit a lot of interesting places.

Indeed, I'm crazy   It took a while to plan but in the end, it all worked out. There's plenty of space for more travelling in the future; both back to places I've been to and also to new places!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 21):
I will be taking this flight in August, my first Avro RJ100 flight and I'm looking forward to that! Was supposed to do just a quick LJU-ZRH-LJU hop but my first flight was cancelled and they rebooked me via MUC, nice outcome.

Great, enjoy! A pity it's such a short flight.. I hope to one day fly into and out of LCY on one of them before LX introduces the CSeries there.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
What an amazing compilation. Great detail, excellent photos, and a very creative list of airlines! Well done!

Thanks for stopping by, Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
I was especially interested in your pictures of Lisbon! Definitely things i would need to check out on my upcoming trip there next month!

Does LIS have a viewing gallery to watch planes and all?

Lisbon was great! I wish I had more room to be able to put more pictures up in this report! I'm not sure how long you'd want to spend in Lisbon itself because it didn't seem like there was a lot more to do.

I'm pretty sure LIS doesn't have a viewing gallery. If it did, it'd only be useful for photography in the morning. We took a bus from town to some place close to the Runway 03 threshold and walked the remaining distance. If you're keen on some spotting, I can try to get details on how to get there from my friend. We got a lift with a spotter back to the terminal afterwards too so I wouldn't know how to get back to the city after visiting that place!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
If i am not mistaken, it may be the same lady that is used in DOH too. Not too sure though. But one of my favorite ones is the Scottish lady at HKG. I understand Hong Kong's historic ties to the UK, but the specific Scottish accent always throws me haha

Haha, seems like she's invading the world! And I haven't noticed that HKG one - guess I've spent too long in the lounges to notice it   Maybe I'll keep an ear out while spotting from inside the terminal!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):


Great report. Such amazing spotting pics and equally nice pics of the cities you visited.

Thanks flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):
We get lots of intra Europe reports from our European a.netters, so it was nice to see a report of intra Europe flights from someone like you from the other side of the world, well Middle Earth!!

I felt obliged to write this TR.. haha. And I'm glad I finally finished it!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):
I dream of spotting at AMS someday...but of course in summer when the weather will be nicer.

I dream of going back for more AMS spotting. Winter can also be nice, if you can brave the cold! But spending a whole day at the Polderbaan would be fantastic.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):
Excellent shot! though I would have kept the KLM 744 into focus as well.....just my opinion.

Haha, unfortunately that's pretty hard with whatever camera one may have.. I was far too close to the camera for both things to be in focus.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):

Where exactly were you spotting from at FRA?

2 places. One is the main spot just south of the 25s and the other is on a mound on the south side of the new 25R. You'll have to use Bing Maps to see the new runway because Google isn't updated yet. There's a pathway from the road which goes around the back of the runway, under the taxiway (and alongside the ICE train tracks) and you're at the spot.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 23):

I guess I'll have to go to the links to see the LHR spotting pics

Yep.. I could have easily doubled the length of this TR if I added more plane pics!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
25 PlaneHunter : Hi Nicholas, fantastic report about your joyrides around Europe! I had been waiting for this one. I thoroughly enjoyed all these stunning pictures. An
26 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi PH, thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoyed. Indeed, it's a great airline. Just that BRN is a little isolated and you'd probably be best to tak
27 Post contains images akhmad : Dear Nicholas, First of all, allow me to say a BIG THANK YOU for the reference in your report. Very sweet of you! But the temperature for New Year’s
28 Post contains images lukeyboy95 : Hi Nicholas, A great big congratulations on the completion of this report. I feel dizzy that you managed to go and see so many amazing sights in a sho
29 MHG : I´v been on a few 328´s already (including the -300 / jet just recently) but I´m alwas interested to experience the different "flavours" of airlin
30 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Suryo, no need to thank me! Afterall, it is you who needs to be thanked! It didn't feel that warm! But then again, I did get blasted by the cold w
31 CPAir : Wow, this is the one of the best TRs I've read here. Thanks for share.
32 cschleic : Great report. Thanks for posting. A variety of planes, airports, historic European cities, even cathedrals. And spotting in the snow. Great photos. We
33 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Nicholas, First of my my apologies that it's taken me the best part of 2 months (!) to get round to reading this report. But there was so much to s
34 WROORD : Nice report. I see you've managed to see all the highlights in each city. Moreover, you captured some of the interesting planes like Uzbekistan or the
35 NDiesel : What an amazing journey, Mr. Young! Thank you for sharing - seems like a trip to GVA is on this coming winter - those pictures were beautiful!
36 Post contains images NZ107 : Thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoyed this TR. Hi Hannah, Thanks for finding some time! I really didn't expect this kind of feedback from what s
37 sfflyer123 : What a great report! You really lived it up! I am so envious!
38 HAWK21M : Amazing pictures.......fantastic.
39 NZ107 : Haha, thanks! I wanted to make the most of a carefree holiday! I would love to go back for a similar trip sometime! Thanks Mel! Cheers, Nicholas
40 airbuseric : Hey Nicholas, I knew this report would be a lengthy one, but I really enjoyed seeing the great pictures from that Europe trip. A good meet it was for
41 lukeyboy95 : Hi Nicholas. Late reply.... Haha... young and foolish; that's me! Well, I visited before the days of hitch-hiking, so if I return, I will probably get
42 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Eric, Thanks! Indeed.. I'll be back in AMS sometime for some more! I will keep that in mind for next time! Luke: Well I've also heard of a few mur
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