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.
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.
and Albon leading the way as we walk 40 min from the Cannes SNCF station to BG
2) View from the condo.
3) Me and a good friend of mine, Pierre, who is the cousin of both BG
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
, and LH446 FRA
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.