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Oz Trip - EK A343, B773 (Pics) (2 Of 2)  
User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24980 times:

 alert  Here we go again, this is the 2nd part of my Aussie trip, you can find the first part of it here, I will start where I finished in the precedent thread so don’t blame  flamed   footinmouth  me if I begin with non-aviation regarding photos. If you think to criticize please have a look to the precedent thread thanks.

Let’s start from Uluru where I stopped my fairytale.

This is probably the best photo I got in Uluru, at least it is what I think. I can see something poetic in it
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My footprint in a sand-dune nearby Uluru
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A camel 100 km south of Uluru, I was amazed when I saw the first, the Arabic introduced this animal in Australia for the North-South trade in the ancient times (this is because the Darwin-Adelaide train is named Ghan, remembering the Afghan cameleers that guaranteed the connection in the past) the climate was ideal, they settled and now Australia is the only country where you can find wild camels. I also heard that Arabic comes to Australia to get wild camels… Actually I don’t now if it’s true.
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Never heard of Road trains? It’s an amazing sight for a European… there are some even with 4 trailers but they are very rare.
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A Virgin Blue 737 at Adelaide on final from the jetty of Glenelg beach, there’s not a lot of traffic actually
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The more than 50-year-old tram Adelaide-Glenelg beach. There are even brand-new-poetryless-supermodern trams but I loved this oldie. It’s all in wood inside and the driver has a steel-bar to drive… Good old times… A little noisy and may be a little slower but definitely and experience…and when you get a tram it’s not common to live an experience.
Anyway I have a 24-years-old Vespa so I’m not impartial… LoL
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Nothing to do with the tram, it’s the start of the longest straight train-track in the world, 478 km without a bend. Here I’m going west-wards from Adelaide to Perth and I’m in Cook a  ghost  ghost-trainrefueling-city with 4 (Countrylink paid) inhabitants. The trains still stop here to refuel. It’s in the middle of the Nullarbor desert and it isn’t uncommon to get temperatures of 50 °C  hot 
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Look at the numberplate… It’s unique there’s not the state(there’s should be at least WA which means Western Australia), it’s the only one I’ve seen without State letters. In Cook of course.
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I didn’ lie 478 km of straight
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After the train I arrived in Perth (2 days from Adelaide) where I have a week to stay before moving back home and it was really wise to have chosen Emirates because otherwise I couldn’t have returned from Perth (My other choice was Austrian that operates only MEL and SYD). I went to the Emirates office in Sydney (in a skyscraper of course) and for free I changed my booking, they were really nice and friendly, excellent customer service I have to say. I just struggled a little to find a free seat in the A343 which was fully booked for about a months from when I asked. I can understand why they’ve added a frequency with a 772. Anyway I arrived in Perth.

I went on a daytrip to the Pinnacles with this strange-looking bus
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I caught a glimpse of a Redback spider at a Petrol station (the most dangerous spiders in Western Australia but the last death was in the 50s, in Sydney they have the local Funnel-web spider that kills a person each 3 years on average.
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Sand dunes between Perth and the Pinnacles desert
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Riding a dune… it’s good fun but my back told me the sand it’s not soft as the snow…
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FLIGHT: EK 421
ROUTE: PER-DXB
AIRCRAFT: A340-300X
REGISTRATION: A6-ERT
CLASS: ECONOMY CLASS (Y)
SEAT: 35K
DATE: 24JAN2006

Happy and Sad. Very happy to fly again and on one of the very-first long-haul Airbus products (the A343X) and Very sad because my wonderings around Aussie land has come to an end. The time runs fast… 4 months seem a lot but when it’s over you reckon how the time goes…
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Here I have to tell a story… You know Australian are also famous for being quite strict with the laws and I knew it wouldn’t have been easy to get into the airplane with the weight of my hand baggage. Emirates allows 20 kg of registered baggage (I had 23 but they didn’t charge me any money) and 7 kg of hand baggage in the cabin. Now I can tell you I’m not lying if I say my hand baggage was heavier than the registered baggage: I had a small backpack but filled with books and heavy stuff and a green bag improbably stuffed, presents and delicate stuff.
After the check-in counter in Perth, before of the passport check there were an officer with an electronic weighing machine who had stopped an Asian couple because their combined weight exceeded 4kg from the allowed. I saw an occasion  devil  , I hid the green bag to the officer with my body and strode in with a self-assured face. The officer glanced at me, saw my innocent-looking backpack and began again to say to the couple: “I’m really sorry but I can’t let you in, your baggage in 4 kg overweight. I felt sad for this lovely and innocent couple but at the same time I thought: I DID IT!!! You know I’m a backpacker so I ran out of money just before leaving Australia, I couldn’t afford at all a surcharge or whatever. So I waited to get a stamp on my passport, I passed really calm the metal detector took my “hand-baggage” and was about to reach the gate… A few seconds after the detector a different officer stopped me, my heart accelerated and at the moment I thought: Ok, they’ve caught me, they surely wants me to pay a surcharge and store the backpack in the belly. The words that came out of his mouth were instead: “Hi sir, you’ve been selected for a random explosives-control bla bla bla, you have explosives with/on you? Read this bla bla bla Thank you very much and sorry for the inconvenience, enjoy your flight…” With an indefinable smile on my face I said: “Thank you sir, it wasn’t a problem at all, just something more to tell when I’m back home, have a nice day” My mood was even better than before.

The hairdryerpowered A343X waiting on me at the gate G2, I think it’s really elegant in the front view
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The cockpit of the A343… quite similar to the A320, I know they use a common-rate cockpit but it’s still interesting to note. Very friendly crew again.
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Safety card, same as the A345, instead of A340-500 there’s written A340-300/500 EK has to save money on safety cards? LoL I’m kidding
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The cabin was quite good, clean and nice even compared to the A345, of course if you are a good observer you can see some scratches on the side and the window but it’s really well-maintained I know it has been operated from SQ and EK and only shortly from Khalifa airways so it can’t be otherwise. Obviously the last generation ICE with the awesomely big screen choice of movies language etc. etc. etc. has nothing to do with this one but it wasn’t too bad because my English did improve and I could understand quite good even English movies. Nose and Underbelly camera were active here as well.
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The flight departed at 10.30pm so during the day I had the last swim in the Indian ocean for this Australian trip. I could use my room and all the services till the evening without respecting the check-out time just asking the owners of my hostel, (Another confirmation of the Italian saying “asking is the half of getting” and often more than half I’d say) the friendliest and most honest people I found running a hostel, if you are a backpacker or if you just want to test a friendly way to live in a hostel and your plans include Perth try the Mad Cat Backpackers, it’s really close to the city, 5 minutes walk. I know your first thought could be that it seems a little old and strange, but when you wake up after the first night you will change your mind. It happened to me and it was a friend of mine that advised me this hostel.

All the flight was by night so we got this fairly good dinner and a big breakfast right before landing. The chocolate covered macadamia nuts were “the end of the world” how we say in Italy, really awesome.
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The sufficient PTV with a funny movie
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We got a really small but welcomed set of night mask, toothbrush-toothpaste, socks(!?) and some stickers with “Wake-me up for meals” or “Let me sleep”, the same I got on the A345. I had a pair of earplugs so I slept for my first time on an airplane because it was night, the PTV wasn’t that special, and I had a hard day fighting against the Indian ocean’s waves getting sunburned during this fight.

The big breakfast
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When we landed it was uncommon for me to see these particular thrust reverses activated.

Descending the stairs in DXB
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I had only 1 hour and a half to wait in Dubai and I departed at 7.50am from there to FCO.

FLIGHT: EK 097
ROUTE: DXB-FCO
AIRCRAFT: B777-300
REGISTRATION: A6-EMR
CLASS: ECONOMY CLASS (Y)
SEAT: 35K
DATE: 25JAN2006


A different class of engine, it will never stop to be impressive even for a ramp worker I think, with the prospective joke it seems almost as wide as the fuselage…my god.  wideeyed 
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This was a China southern 763ER I saw taxiing, I checked airfleets.net and it says it’s a long time they don’t operate 767 anymore… It didn’t seem like a long-time parked aircraft. A small mystery.
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The sister of the lady that carried me from perth to dubai.
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It is amazing when you taxi in front of the new buildings of Dubailand airport in construction. You cannot even realize how huge it will become. I was too impressed to take a picture.

There were several of these unidentified (from me) propeller engined cargo aircrafts. Antonov perhaps?
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This flight was completely different from the precedent only daylight and some of the best views of my life, the person on my left was a Pakistani that Europeans would say: He has the typical face of a terrorist! With an Arabic written enormous book. Our suggestions couldn’t be less justifiable. We should learn that terrorist has not a recognizable face or features it could be even your neighbour, we should consider each one like a friend. I started the conversation and we talked pretty much all the way to Italy, he’s working in Brescia near Milan, he has been working for 7 years there and he still has not the Italian citizenship. In Italy you need 10 years. He told me in the other EU countries it’s not more than 4 or 5 years. He asked me to see an Italian passport because he never saw one and I asked to see his passport and he showed to me even the allowance-of-stay card of Italy, an Improbable and outdated big pink sheet of paper. I have to admit Italy is not really open-minded in this kind of bureaucratic things. He travelled really a lot and is a very interesting person so I was lucky again with my seat-buddy.

beautiful mountain systems overflying Iran
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The northernmost you move the more snow you encounter
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Beautiful islands in a lake I think. It seems to be sandy beaches, it’s very sad that the politics sucks that much in this country that would be fantastic to visit. I knew also several Iranian fantastic people.
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The beautiful shape of a city in Northern Iran
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Amazing peninsulas in what I think is a lake again. Again in northern Iran.
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We had breakfast (again after the one I got before landing in DXB) and this very good lunch shortly after the half of the flight.
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Our track, I think we made a loop to keep out of Iraqi airspace, I didn’t took pics over Turkey because it was completely covered of clouds.
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Fields in Bulgaria
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Strange looking surface on this mountain between Bulgaria and former Jugoslavia
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Sarajevo city and Airport
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This is what it seemed to me an iced lake surface… here I felt really cold… Coming from the awesome 37 °C of Perth…
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Croatian coast
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Our shade on the Adriatic sea
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Seeing Italian soil again after almost 4 months, I fought against a tear… I think it’s clear I love both travelling and my country.


Cold January in Italy is welcoming me
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This is a Photo I particularly love and amazed me. If you look at his map and find the UMBRIA region, right in the middle you can see this region that is in the photo below, its borders represented from snow-covered mountains. The photo taken from a South-West point-of-view. It seems the heart of Italy. This is when you can talk about geographical borders. I’d appreciate if you don’t write I’m mad… I know already… LoL  crazy 
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Another beautiful snowy landscape
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The scenary has changed, on Western Italy the sun is shining.
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Rome Ciampino airport. Here you have a military base, LCCs, corporate flights and the Italian coordination base of the Canadair firefighting planes, you can see some yellow points on the apron, all of them are CL-415, awesome planes. I worked a months in the society that runs these planes paid from the government, I talked via radio in firefighting missions giving reports to the pilot and going on the planes updating the manuals. Awesome awesome awesome planes, so far from the normality. Of course there were even the office work part of the job but I loved it. I’d like someday to become a pilot on these magnificent planes.
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Getting nearer to FCO
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Very short final
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An Antonov Airbus near to my gate
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Here I have a funny story again: the guy in the ambulance came up with the moving bridge (or how it’s called this machinery) and when he saw I was staring at him he mimed while speaking to say to the hostess that she has to open the door. Of course I couldn’t hear him but he was so clear and I could read the movement of his lips. I had the proof I can understand still pretty good my mother language LoL I told the flight attendant to open the door in English and she said just wait 5 minutes. I answered the guy miming and speaking and he said ok. Each one of us understood that the ambulance wasn’t there for an emergency but for another reason and everyone started to laugh. I was just smiling sure to be in Italy again. Ladies and Gentlemen’s this in pure Italian 100%.  laughing 
In the background there is an Alitalia Mighty Dog as well.

This time when I asked for a cockpit pic the F.A . told me it’s impossible, it’s forbidden, I told her it’s the first time I hear it’s forbidden since I fly. She said may be you had a photo with another company, not EK. I made it clearer and said I just took a pic of the A343X EK in Dubai and asked her again it she cannot at least ask to the flight crew if it’s allowed. She went in the cockpit and when she came back she said I’m right… Of course I said thanking her anyway. I took this picture and had a few talks with the flight crew, both Italian. When I asked how is working for EK they said almost at once: “Great, much better than in Italy…” I can believe it EK is a great company and in Italy we don’t have examples of healthy and big airlines. AZ rules. Anyway I hope they will become a profitable airline and get out of this bad shape.
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Another funny thing that reminded me to be in Italy is that when I got out of the ID checks there were 3 police officers that I greeted friendly with a “Salve” something like “Goodday” or “Hi, how are you doing?” They stared at me like if I had a dangerous disease  ill   rotfl  and I passed by with a smile remembering that in Italy and Europe it isn’t normal to say hello to each one like In Australia. The biggest thing I will miss of Australia is probably this unconditional friendliness that helps everyone to meet everyone and have more friends. Thanks Australia, I will keep some of this friendliness with me.

Eventually I got out, and my sweater wasn’t enough for Italy, I waited on my baggage, took out the heaviest jackets I had and strode towards the exit to the attached train station. Before of getting out
a taxi-driver approached me in English thinking I’m American… A good laugh and an answer with as much I could use my Romagna’s accent (which is not the Rome region but in the North-East of Italy). A laugh for him as well and a shaking of hands  highfive  even if I said “Thanks but I don’t need a taxi”. I love the people of Rome, slow-paced but not too much, friendly, and usually without the shade of a problem.  rotfl 
When I phoned back home I said I don’t want that my parents come to the airport and not even to a closer station, I wanted to close my trip where I started it, in my own tiny little town even if it costs 2 or 3 hours more. I didn’t saw a problem at all in it, especially after all the travelling in Aussie… even 2 consequently days on trains or buses… 2 hours more don’t scare me. And you save even money. Arriving with different trains and slow is nice after such a long trip… You can feel you get closer and closer to home, you see landscapes you didn’t see for a long time and your feeling happy increases  goodvibes  , at least it works like that on me. I took a plane to my country, a train to my region, a train to my province and eventually a train to my lovely little town, doesn’t it sounds cool?

I took the first train connection to Rome Termini where I was the witness of a bad hospitality case for foreigners. An Australian lady had a ticket that was only for this specific leg to the central station but forgot or didn’t know it was to validate was fined from a stupid officer even if I tried to give the reasons of the lady… Small-minded people.  grumpy   butthead   blockhead   box  I’ve never seen a thing like that in Italy. Sometimes our officers are even to permissive and it can happen that if u don’t have the ticket the officer don’t even fines you and just let you pay a slightly higher fare than the fare you should have paid and this is not really correct if we want to be strict but this lady got all the reasons of the world and didn’t say a word with dignity. I reassured her saying that she just didn’t have luck but that Italy it’s almost never like that. She will enjoy her staying in Italy.

In Rome Termini I risked for the first time in 4 months to loose a connection, I bought a ticket for a Eurostar train to Bologna but I read that it was late so I waited calm eating something and hanging over… 2 minutes before the estimated departure I realized that I had confused Arrivals with Departures and there was exactly at the same time a train scheduled to arrive and to depart from/to Bologna and the late on was the first. I ran like at the Olympics and I took the train 1 minute before it departed.  goldmedal   relieved  I had to carry all my stuff for 7 carriages to find my seat and this has been the hardest thing in my return trip. I arrived in Bologna on time. Took another Eurostar to Rimini and this
Small regional 3-carriages train to my tiny little town: Cesenatico.
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I took the head out of the window in the last leg, Rimini-Cesenatico, about 30 minutes, even if it was -3°C (Exactly 40 degrees less than in Perth), feeling happy to recognize each home of the landscape, something different after 4 month away and 1 months and a half of “every-day-a-new-sight”

My parents were at the station waiting on me. Nice.

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark  This is the very end of the 2nd part of my 1st trip report, I’m sorry if something isn’t understandable, if there are too many non-aviation pics or stories and if it was too long or boring to read.
This is simply what came out of my hat, and like the first part written all at once with the memories coming out fast.
I hope you enjoyed at least a little and let me know what you think.

Ciao
Joe

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24948 times:

Another fantastic report and Wonderful Pictures. Keep it up!!!


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 24916 times:

Thank you, Joecattoli, for two wonderful reports brimming with life and human warmth! Obviously you make friends wherever you go. Loved especially (i.e. even more than the rest) your homecoming to Italy, though your fluency in English took a nosedive there. Either the emotions or rushed the proofing? I live near Melbourne and go to Lygon street a lot (including today). You are nice about Australian friendliness, but you are a traveller, obviously nice to everyone. You received back what you gave. Like you I really like what EK offers the traveller. And agree that the A345 is the pick of the bunch...until the A380, perhaps. I can't imagine a more complete package than the EK A345. We hope to go to Europe on it later this year. Re over-weight luggage, I have several times been over the limit on EK and never been forced to pay more. Don't try that with NZ or QF!

User currently offlineSagorion From Singapore, joined Dec 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 24800 times:

Wonderful report. I particularly love the way you describe your steps towards home at the end. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 24781 times:

Great report Mr. Jo - go away soon and report more!


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2041 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 24699 times:

Excellent report and pictures! Looks like you had beautiful flying weather on the DXB-FCO flight.

I'm flying to Milan tonight - I haven't been to Italy since 1998. Your pictures have me excited!


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 24547 times:

Great report Joecattoli, I realy did enjoy them both  Smile

Quoting JoeCattoli (Thread starter):
This was a China southern 763ER I saw taxiing, I checked airfleets.net and it says it�s a long time they don�t operate 767 anymore� It didn�t seem like a long-time parked aircraft. A small mystery.

The aircraft is acutaly a 757-200  Smile

Quoting JoeCattoli (Thread starter):
An Antonov Airbus near to my gate

I think you mean Aeroflot  Wink

One of the best reports I've ever seen  Smile

Did you prefer the 343 or 773 of EK (I Take it the 345 was top  Wink)?

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 24530 times:

Hello Joe,
I read both of your trip reports. And both of them are GREAT! Thank You for all the pictures that you took. Your English is very good. What is Cesenatico like? How do I get to spend 4 months in Aussie land?  Smile Any trips coming up?


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 24505 times:

Great report, enjoyable to read. I also flew to Oz with EK in November 05, A6-EMR was the aircraft for my LHR-DXB sector. Actually met a girl, Emma, on that flight who I've become very friendly with so 'EMR' is kind of a 'special' plane now.  Wink


One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineTifoso From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 24492 times:

I read both the threads, and have to commend you on a job well done!

The memories from this trip will probably stay with you for a long time (forever?). Nothing better than exploring a different culture and a different country.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 24460 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 1):
Another fantastic report and Wonderful Pictures. Keep it up!!!

Thanks man!!!

Quoting Antskip (Reply 2):
Thank you, Joecattoli, for two wonderful reports brimming with life and human warmth! Obviously you make friends wherever you go. Loved especially (i.e. even more than the rest) your homecoming to Italy, though your fluency in English took a nosedive there. Either the emotions or rushed the proofing?

Thanks a lot for your words. Thanks especially for being honest, I'd actually love if you can send me a message or an e-mail with the biggest errors. I don't wanna stop learning!!!

Quoting Antskip (Reply 2):
I can't imagine a more complete package than the EK A345

That's exactly my thought!!!

Quoting Antskip (Reply 2):
Don't try that with NZ or QF

I'll keep in mind!!!

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 4):
go away soon and report more

I'd love to do it... Really but I think it's over for some time, at least long trips like this one. But if I go away be sure you'll find a report here.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 5):
Looks like you had beautiful flying weather on the DXB-FCO flight.

I'm flying to Milan tonight - I haven't been to Italy since 1998. Your pictures have me excited!

Absolutely man. To be honest the weather is really shit now, but I hope you will enjoy anyway, have a nice trip!!!

Quoting B742 (Reply 6):
Great report Joecattoli, I realy did enjoy them both Smile

Quoting JoeCattoli (Thread starter):
This was a China southern 763ER I saw taxiing, I checked airfleets.net and it says it�s a long time they don�t operate 767 anymore� It didn�t seem like a long-time parked aircraft. A small mystery.

The aircraft is acutaly a 757-200 Smile

Quoting JoeCattoli (Thread starter):
An Antonov Airbus near to my gate

I think you mean Aeroflot Wink

One of the best reports I've ever seen Smile

Did you prefer the 343 or 773 of EK (I Take it the 345 was top Wink)?

Rob!

Cheers mate!!! You're right it really is a 752... I was sure that i read 767 but perhaps I confused 5 with 6. Very likely!!!
...And yes I meant Aeroflot... LoL but you know...


Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 9):
I will answer yo the replies tomorrow, I'll just post the 2nd partof my report so it's easier to connect the 2 parts. I just finished it now at 7.30 am after a night writing, I couldn't stop. May be now it's time to sleep finally.

so I'm just a little excused... Thanks for seeing it I had some good laughs!!!

Well... I preferred slightly the A343 because if you seat at the window you just have to bother one person to go to the lavatories, it's slightly less noisy. I also like better smaller spaces... I feel more like at home. But honestly i have to say the 773 is great, the PTV is significantly bigger and you're less bothered from the light reflection on it, it has nice windows and unbelievable engines. However I didn't find that big difference between the PTVs because the software is very similar and the movies were exactly the same. Of course the A345 is another planet... because of the ICE and its silent cabin.
Thank you very much for the compliments!!!!!

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 7):
Hello Joe,
I read both of your trip reports. And both of them are GREAT! Thank You for all the pictures that you took. Your English is very good. What is Cesenatico like? How do I get to spend 4 months in Aussie land? Smile Any trips coming up?

Thank you very much!

If you wanna go in Oz for 4 months till 1 year working you can apply for a working holiday visa, actually I' not sure if American's can do it because it depends on agreements between countries. I'd think you can anyway. Save some money for the flight, work some months to save and than have fun just like I did... Good luck!!!

Cesenatico is a 22000 souls town, it becomes really crowded of tourists (I think the people rises to 70000 in the summer) in the summer because it's on the adriatic coast and quite close to Rimini, a famous party town. I won't tell you bullshit, the beach isn't what I would call "really beautiful" but we have excellent beach structures, it's a good town for families. In summer it's really good to live here. The pier is definitely one of the most beautiful and gracious in the world, there are old and colourful fishing ships in an open-air (and therefore free) museum. In summer it's astonishing because they have colourful sails on and all the small shops and locals along the pier are full of happy people and so inviting. In christmas time it's very nice as well because they transform these ships in a giant crib, with a lot of statues, a new one every year. It's all illuminated and by night it's really a stunning sight.here , here
and here you can find something interesting. It's definitely worth a few days if you come in Italy.

Quote:
Cesenatico and the sea are one and the same thing. The ancient coloured sails of the Marine Museum, which greet the people who arrive and leave tell of this. As far as we know, the town was founded in 1302: nearby Cesena needed a port for its traffic and perhaps for military use. After a succession of events Cesenatico developed above all into a fishing port. The ancient tradition, which was first mercantile and then seafaring and fishing oriented, has created a striking gift for hospitality and catering. The extensive wet dock, the sports facilities, the modern tourist reception services are essential ingredients for a seaside holiday to be spent in Cesenatico. In the evenings, along the banks of the canal port, where the fishing boats moor, you can suddenly rediscover the enchanting atmosphere of times gone by. The spirit of the city is the canal port, designed by Leonardo da Vinci which houses the Seamanship Museum, which is a practically unique and impressive collection of ancient vessels, whose multi-coloured sails and hulls narrate centuries of fishing activity and trading by sea. The hamlet "Cesenatico Centro" is situated on the west side of the harbour and represents the historical core of the city. It is a both touristic and residential area at the same time, equipped with modern hotels and an efficient range of public services for tourists during the summer period and for citizens all the year round.

Hope this helps

Ciao
Joe

[Edited 2006-02-24 19:26:06]

User currently onlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 24388 times:

Joe, your reports are truly awesome! I believe they are the best I have read!

I can't wait for you to have your next vacation. It would be very interesting to read a report about a trip to Latin America written by you.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24317 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 11):
I can't wait for you to have your next vacation. It would be very interesting to read a report about a trip to Latin America written by you.

My feelings entirely. Maybe we should create a Joe travel fund so he can go away and back again, and tell us about it, often. Joe, if you write a travel book, I will be one of the first to buy.


User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 24216 times:

Great report again ! and loved the pics especially the australian west (and Uluru, again). Is Uluru as orange as the picture or is the color a bit distorted ? It looks amazing.
The desert scene of australia looks inviting! if you think duneskiing is hard, try grass skiing (saw this in Colorado USA).
As for EK, I like the two seat rows on the side too on their airbuses (I have only flown the EK A332, and that, a while ago). but the IFE box under the seat in front of me really take up space...do they still have that ?
EK I find has amazing food.


User currently onlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 24139 times:

Quoting Antskip (Reply 12):
we should create a Joe travel fund so he can go away and back again

Just to make sure he has bottles of water available to him and fresh batteries for his camera all the time, I volunteer to join him in all said travels, so, fund contributors, take the necessary actions to ensure that the proceeds of the fund will be sufficient to finance the travels of two.

Antskip, welcome to a.net, albeit a bit late. I hope you will enjoy reading the threads and watching the pictures as much as I have, and look forward to reading your posts. Do you have any trip reports in here already?



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 24101 times:

great report, not to often people come to Perth but it's well worth a visit, Uluru...pfft, you need to see Mt Augustus, it makes Uluru look small, it's the largest monolyth in the world! if you ever get back to Oz then be sure to head up to the North West region!


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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 24077 times:

Fantastic. Thank you. How was Perth? When I went to Australia I never made it there. Is it worth visiting? Thanks.

User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24006 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 14):
I hope you will enjoy reading the threads and watching the pictures as much as I have, and look forward to reading your posts. Do you have any trip reports in here already?

Thanks for the welcome! Very nice of you Smile . I just love these trip reports. People take so much trouble to make them attractive for the enjoyment of the rest of us. When I feel sad, I read some awesome trip report, gaze at the pics of the splendid meals, watch the clouds that others have watched, and the day is back on track! I did contribute one report, but please don't look for it: compared to stuff like Joe's I am totally embarrassed.  embarrassed  Perhaps when I travel later this year to Europe (and hopefully, Uganda and Kenya) I will take a good camera and write something OK. Re comments on Perth, like Africa, Australia is plural: there is so much difference from place to place one needs to do a wide spread, like Joe did. Western Australia is so different from Queensland, yet Western Australia itself is huge and diverse. I recommend the South-West: beautiful surf beaches, forest, wine country and in general not-city. Smile
If you like city, the best in that part of the woods is Fremantle - the port city of Perth - retains many of the old buildings from the C19th, but add to that very fine Italian coffee and food. Good place to eat pizza, and watch glorious sunsets over the Indian Ocean.


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 23888 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 11):
Joe, your reports are truly awesome! I believe they are the best I have read!

I can't wait for you to have your next vacation. It would be very interesting to read a report about a trip to Latin America written by you.

Well... what can I say... thank you, I'm unbelievably happy to read that. I'd love Latin America... I think I wouldn't come back... I also heard that Mexicans are on average the happiest people on earth... Congrats to your country EddieDude! This is the way to be.

Quoting Antskip (Reply 12):
My feelings entirely. Maybe we should create a Joe travel fund so he can go away and back again, and tell us about it, often. Joe, if you write a travel book, I will be one of the first to buy.

Well if you need some information... I could start tomorrow with this job offer... I could even write travel books no problem at all!!!  hyper  It would be nice if the first starts from BLQ, MXP or FCO... But I could also reach London easily with an infamous LCC... Never heard about FR? Just joking. Thank you very much writing this idea... it would be a dream!!!

Quoting Parisien (Reply 13):
Is Uluru as orange as the picture or is the color a bit distorted ? It looks amazing.

The photo is absolutely real. It's absolutely amazing

Quoting Parisien (Reply 13):
the IFE box under the seat in front of me really take up space...do they still have that ?

Actually I don't remember anything causing me problems to stretch my legs under the seat in front of me... May be they don't have it anymore?

Quoting Parisien (Reply 13):
EK I find has amazing food.

I also loved it. I like especially when I can try asian receipts!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 15):
great report, not to often people come to Perth but it's well worth a visit, Uluru...pfft, you need to see Mt Augustus, it makes Uluru look small, it's the largest monolyth in the world! if you ever get back to Oz then be sure to head up to the North West region!

Thanks!
Well... I wouldn't say Uluru...pfft... So far it's the best thing I've ever seen so if there's something better it has to be INCREDIBLY-UNBELIEVABLE... and more so... But I still couldn't say Uluru...pfft. One special thing of Uluru is not only the majesty of its size but the colours it gets with the different sunlights, the trees that you can find sometimes around it that let your views (and consequently your photos) become spectacular and also this feeling of sacred spirituality.
It's also strange to hear that there is a bigger monolyth because I've always read even in geographical books that Uluru is the bigger on earth... May be you know better than me.
I think sooner or later I will move back to Oz, I need still to see better the Kata Tjuta mountains (and why not? again Uluru), to stay longer in Perth that I absolutely liked as well as the Indian Ocean where I saw the best combinations of beach-sea colours in my trip. I'll write on my notebook about Mt.Augustus and see if I can go there, be sure of that!!!!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
Fantastic. Thank you. How was Perth? When I went to Australia I never made it there. Is it worth visiting? Thanks.

Perth was awesome it's a men-sized capital city... It is less paced than his collegues in the East coast and very livable. I can't say a lot about Perth because I didn't live there for long but it's definitely worth visiting and if I move back to Oz my trip will start from there and then up Norh along the West coast to Darwin and the Kakadu national park and may be the Ghan to go back to Uluru and Adelaide, city that I really liked if you'll relax and lay down a bit. You can have fun anyway if you go to Glenelg which is a nice beach quite close to Adelaide and watch those crazy Aussies diving from a 8-meter high jetty... (I did it also... it's very scary even for crazy people like me... It took me several hours to convince myself to climb the jetty)

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 23832 times:

What a great report Joe - and not just because you wrote nice things about Perth Big grin

But it's all true of course - our beaches are the best.

And don't worry about your English expression, I enjoyed your very human conversation with us. I could imagine you describing your travels to me over a cold beer in a bar. You captured all the feelings of travel prefectly - some travelogues written in perfect flowery English are too cold and detached, they may describe things accurately but don't have the enthusiasm and spirit of your writing.

 bigthumbsup 

Keep travelling  airplane 

PGF


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23690 times:

Great Report and pix, thanks for sharing..

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 23679 times:

LOL yes I also missed Darwin and Kakadu which I would like to visit one day.

I went into the ocean only once quickly. I am a coward. When I was there I read in the paper that a swimmer died swimming near Perth. She was stung by a small jelly fish. Off the Barrier Reef a year ago a young Dutch woman on a tourist boat was snorkeling with a group and killed by a shark.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 23619 times:

here is a shot of Mt Augustus, it's twice the size of Ayres Rock.

http://www.discoverwest.com.au/western_australia/mt_augustus.html




a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 23545 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 22):
here is a shot of Mt Augustus

How far is Mt Augustus from Perth ?
Actually Perth sounds interesting....never thought that before (nor thought that it was uninteresting either for that matter...just dont know much about it).

I will try to go there this summer combined with my annual Asian holiday (South east Asie). Anyone can recommend a hotel in Fremantle ?
Quoting Antskip : "the best in that part of the woods is Fremantle - the port city of Perth - retains many of the old buildings from the C19th, but add to that very fine Italian coffee and food"
(yes, exactly what I am looking for and do day excursions outside Perth)


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 23419 times:

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 19):
And don't worry about your English expression, I enjoyed your very human conversation with us. I could imagine you describing your travels to me over a cold beer in a bar. You captured all the feelings of travel prefectly - some travelogues written in perfect flowery English are too cold and detached, they may describe things accurately but don't have the enthusiasm and spirit of your writing.

Keep travelling

Thank you so much PerthGloryFan, believe me I would have been in a pub of Perth in front of a cold beer telling my story to you... Very nice compliments!!!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 21):
I went into the ocean only once quickly. I am a coward. When I was there I read in the paper that a swimmer died swimming near Perth. She was stung by a small jelly fish. Off the Barrier Reef a year ago a young Dutch woman on a tourist boat was snorkeling with a group and killed by a shark.

Do as I do, just don't think about it... This is the way to enjoy your vacations and do things like diving, bungee jumping and skydiving... See you!!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 22):
here is a shot of Mt Augustus, it's twice the size of Ayres Rock.

So... a lot of geographical books are wrong... What a shame! Seems interesting... I will remember it for the next Oz Trip. Thanks!

Ciao
Joe


25 Post contains images Aleksandar : Joe, This is an amazing trip report and I really enjoyed reading it. I do hope you will write many many more trip reports for all of us here. You ment
26 Post contains links and images JoeCattoli : This was my routing, I was between Belgrade and Sofia, but till Sarajevo I didn't see any big cities... Ciao Joe
27 Aleksandar : Thanks for the pic. Just as I thought, you flew south of Belgrade about city of Nis(INI), Serbia's second biggest city.
28 EddieDude : You sure would. Let's hope this Joe Travel Fund is formed quickly and that donations are made fast so that you can make plans accordingly. I had no i
29 Post contains images JoeCattoli : Of course I will hope... even with strength!!! So... where are the donors? Ok just find the donors and let's start... Cheers mates Ciao Joe
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