After 5.5 hours in the F lounge at CDG
, it was time for the leg down to JNB
. There was a huge crowd at the boarding area, and the posted signs for elite, F, and C pax was ignored by everyone. I made it onto the plane, and once again into seat 3A. (According to the loads an hour earlier, AF
was still selling 5 F seats for my flight, and the seat map showed 3B empty!)
But of course, as I got to my seat, 3B was filled
's were much more pleasent and timely on this segment. Lots of smiles. I was offered a drink soon after boarding, along with more PJ
's, another amenity kit, and a menu. Slippers were already in the seat pocket.
My seat mate was a talking. He really didn't shut up at all on the ground. I finally explained (during the safety briefing) that it was important to pay attention.
Now, a word about the briefing. It is really, really, poorly done! The actors are over the top in speaking their lines right. It's just a bit much!
Once in the air, supper began. No drink service, as the flight left after 11pm, and people wanted to sleep. (The flight is listed as having a snack for supper and a full breakfast). I left the menu on the plane, so I will just outline my choices:
For supper, I skipped the appetizers and went right to the veal, which was delicious. I skipped the cheese and went right for the pinneapple tart. I asked for port, but the FA
didn't understand me. No prob, as I was tired anyway.
I watched a Tommy Lee Jones movie with cheerleaders in it. Funny but not all that great. I really like TLJ, going back to his performance in, "Coal Miner's Daughter," my favorite movie of all times.
I reclined my seat into a full bed and closed my eyes. Unfortunately, the FA
's did not come by with the full duvet and pillows, as they had on my previous flight. I was too tired to ask them for one.
I slept a few hours, walked around, and slept some more.
2.5 hours before landing, I got back up and watched more video. Breakfast came 1 hour before landing. Eggs or French toast. I had the eggs, along with delicious pastries. (I love morning breads. My waist line does not!)
Landing was beautiful, and soon we pulled up to the remote stand. I used to love remote stands, as it's kinda fun to walk outside, take photos, etc. But I don't like them on international arrivals, when timing off the plane is essential so that you can run toward the front of the immigration line!
Still, I was near the front, and then it was time for bags. Though mine were priority, they were literally in the last batch onto the belt.
Well, 25 hours after leaving LAX
, I got to JNB
. I'll be here for 2.5 weeks. While here, I go down to CPT
. I'll report about those flights when the time comes!