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France '06, Part 2: LYS-FRA-DEN-MSY W/ Diversion  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

I'm going to put a tad more effort into part 2 than I did for part 1.

After an enjoyable six days in beautiful France, it was time to return home. My friend Pierre drove me to Lyon-St. Exupery airport for 8:15am on Thursday 8/31, two hours before my LH 733 would depart for FRA. I must say that I am a huge fan of Lyon's airport. Very easy to use, uncrowded, very modern.

LYS-FRA on LH4171 was en enjoyable flight. Just about an hour in the air. We overflew the edge of the Alps again of course. Like the flight to LYS, in flight service consisted of a small beef sandwich and a small chocolate bar. The flight was only about 65% full so I had all of row 7 to myself. Landed at FRA at terminal A.

Before I even reached my connecting flight to DEN, I went through three passport checks and an inspection of my carry on bag, as well as a very thourough pat down.

I finally made it to gate B22, where LH446 was still taking on cargo for the ten hour flight to DEN. The flight was about 97% full in coach, just some middle seats open. I had seat 38A on this one. Pushed back ten minutes late at 2:00pm. Airborne by 2:35pm. Excellent, amazing, superb in flight service. 2 full, hot meals....several rounds of wine and cognac....plenty of coffee and tea offered...2 hot towel services....and the best part, to me, was that you saw a f/a walking though the cabin at least every 1.5 hours offering water and Orange Juice to passengers. The LH cabin crew on this flight was top notch, all of them had smiles on their faces at all times. Simply the best flight i've ever been on. The LH 744 interior, while somewhat cramped, was comfortable nonetheless. The Recaro seats had a good design and were well padded. The lack of good IFE did not bother me...the excellent service MORE than made up for it.

We were going to be maybe ten minutes late into DEN, until we got put into an extended holding pattern above DEN due to severe thunderstorms over the field. After holding for thirty minutes, the Captain informed us that we were going to be diverting to Colorado Springs. A 744 landing in COS? I made sure to take a lot of pics to document this historic event.

So after a high speed approach to beat the bad weather which was fast approaching COS (we were still doing 320mph just 5 miles from the field...serious precision flying, it was amazing), we made a firm landing at COS and came to a stop with over 3,000ft of runway remaining. We pulled over to a taxiway and parked there for over two hours before we headed off for DEN. The fuelers had a lot of problems fueling the 747, which held us up quite a bit. I'd say we came to a stop at 4:45pm, and the engines started again at 7:15pm. We performed a brisk takeoff for such a huge plane, and made our way to DEN, crusing only 5,000ft above ground the entire way and doing a respectable 320mph.

The spoliers were never deployed, and we touched down a little hot, but we came to a stop with plenty of runway to spare, at 7:55pm.

Of course, I missed my connection to MSY, so I spent the night at the Doubletree Hotel on Quebec Street...a good 30 min ride from the airport.

I took UA458 back to MSY the following day. B737-300 ex-United Shuttle aircraft. 2h02min flying time at 35,000ft. Just a typical domestic 737 flight, nothing to write home about.

It was a perfect trip. I'm just sorry that it all came to an end so quickly.

Now for the pictures. To start off, pictures of Cannes...then a picture of Marsellies...one on the TGV...and a bunch from LH4171 and LH446.

1) BG and Albon leading the way as we walk 40 min from the Cannes SNCF station to BG's condo.
2) View from the condo.
3) Me and a good friend of mine, Pierre, who is the cousin of both BG and Albon.
4) Enjoying some wine before dinner.
5) We walked out onto these floating raft things which were all tied together and took some pictures...very windy out there and quite easy to fall into the ocean if we weren't careful.
6) A perfect view...and a new cruise ship.
7) One of the public beaches
8) Perhaps three dozen restaurants all lined up very close together up a hill...beautiful...
9) On a high bluff over the city.
10) I needed to rest my feet.
11) Another view from the condo.
12) As Pierre said, this pic represents "the distance between us". He's so perceptive.
13) Albon enjoying a delicious Crepe.
14) Marseilles, seen from the SNCF station.
15) Upper deck of TGV duplex service to Lyon Part Deux.

And now, pictures of LH4171 LYS-FRA, and LH446 FRA-(COS)-DEN. Enjoy!


Sorry, no landing pics in DEN, it was too dark by the time we landed...plus, I had used up my entire memory card on my digital camera.

The end.

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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

excellent report. thank you for sharing it with us...

User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

Nice one I love southern France. I flew LH FCO-FRA-PHL on the AB6 and A343 serve. Great flights.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8705 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5354 times:
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Nice follow up.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The lack of good IFE did not bother me...the excellent service MORE than made up for it.

- I rarely use IFE on flights, much happier nwith a good book & good service,nice to see you had decent service.

Liked the photo's, many thanks


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

It's too bad you didnt make your way to Nice, on the Cote d'Azur. It truly is the Gem of Southern Frane, in my opinion.

Nonetheless, Cannes is also a beautiful place. One of the only places you'll find a sandy beach in Frane!

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User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2635 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Of course, I missed my connection to MSY, so I spent the night at the Doubletree Hotel on Quebec Street...a good 30 min ride from the airport.

I would be interested, who paid for the hotel- UA??

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

Quoting Debonair (Reply 5):
I would be interested, who paid for the hotel- UA??

I did. I received a "distressed passenger rate" voucher, so it only cost me $49. I was expecting that since most airlines don't give comp hotels for weather related delays.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17243 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5124 times:

My fiancee and I are taking a Royal Caribbean Cruise from Barcelona-Marseilles-Nice/Cannes-Florence-Rome-Naples for our honeymoon in October.

Do you have recomendations for Marseilles and Nice/Cannes for us, we only have 12 hours at each port.


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

Well, I didn't spend much time in Marseille...just changing trains there, got to walk around for just a few minutes.

In Cannes, I would say head to the older, more historic area, as seen in picture #8...also you can climb the hill that leads to the church you see in picture #9. There is a great view from up there. Pretty romantic at night. Once ashore you just walk to the left down the main street which runs along the beach, maybe a mile walk if that...pretty easy to find. There are tons of shops and restaurants all along the main beach boulevard. Most of the beaches charge like 15 Euros just to step on the sand (plus more if you want a chair and umbrella) but there are a couple of good, free public ones.

User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5091 times:

Excellent pics on both trip reports! I especially like the holiday pics, gotta get back to France again someday.

User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 hours ago) and read 4827 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
Do you have recomendations for Marseilles and Nice/Cannes for us, we only have 12 hours at each port

To be honest, Cannes and Nice are very similar in the sense that they are extreme tourist destinations. Both places have great beaches and great restaurants. Cannes does offer great shopping and up-scale boutiques while Nice has great beach-side dining which is quite spectacular.

If I were you, I'd just stay in Cannes and spend some time at the beach and shopping, although I hope your significant other is not a frequent to Gucci, Chanel, etc.!!!  wink 

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"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
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