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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:03 pm

Introduction



Amigo(a)s querido(a)s ,

“...quitarme solo decir , te quiero mucho...”
“…just leave me saying, I love you so much…”

I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

Saddened as I could not make it to attend her cremation in Semarang, I tried to comfort myself by anything she has ever told me.

Odd enough, how hard I was trying, I could only recall, ‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’ and nothing else.

Should I set up my report that way? Looking at the bright side of our journey in Andalucía?


Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.


Amigo(a)s, will you join me and Herman along Iberian Peninsula to see something like this?



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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:04 pm

Cordoba



Indeed, Alex (Abrelosojos) did time traveling in the air: Air Pacific FJ 853: JAN/11: NAN-APW-HNL: J Cabin (by abrelosojos Oct 23 2011 in Trip Reports)

But do you know that you can do time traveling as well in open air in Córdoba or Corduba as the city was called after being founded by the Romans in 152 BC?

Imagine yourself as a proud Roman warrior arriving at Puente Romano, a much restored Roman bridge which formed part of the old medieval walls that are reputed to have been some twenty two kilometers in length.


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Puente Romano



Walking up the bridge and meeting admirers.


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Japanese tourists



Towards La Puerta del Puente which was redesigned by Hernán Ruiz III in the sixteenth century to mark the visit of Philip II to Córdoba.



La Puerta del Puente



‘Just a moment! Are we not going too fast?’ My conscience Ariel protested.
‘Ah, Ariel! Nice to know that you are around. No worries! With time traveling, you can turn back time. How about being a scholar who frequented Abd ar-Rahman III’s court sometime after AD 711 when Córdoba fell to the Islamic invaders?’



Mezquita



Imagine being together with your Jewish and Christian schoolmates watching ritual ablutions of Muslim schoolmates before prayer at Patio de los Naranjos.


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Patio de los Naranjos



Under the shadow of the crowning glory of the complex.



The Minaret



The minaret towered 48 meter at its peak. Sadly, only 22 meter of it still survives.

‘Can we visit the Mezquita as well?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Of course. Let’s do that at 08.30 as the entrance is free and groups are not admitted until 10.00,’
‘That early?’
‘Yes. We will better see why the Mezquita’s architecture was revolutionary for its time,’


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Prayer hall



The terracotta-and-white striped arches suggested a hallucinogenic forest for date palms, and supported the roof with 856 columns. The columns were a mishmash of material collected from the Visigothic cathedral that had previously occupied the site, Córdoba’s Roman buildings and places as far away as Constatinople.

The Mezquita’s greatest treasure was built by Al-Hakim II.



The Mihrab



In front of Mihrab, Al Hakim II added a new royal prayer enclosure, Maksura, with multiple interwoven arches and lavishly decorated domes.


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One of the Maksura domes



Previously, Mezquita counted 1,293 columns. The missing columns were presumably removed to allow construction of the Capilla Mayor in the sixteenth century upon permission of King Carlos I against the wishes of Córdoba’s city council.



Capilla Mayor



King Carlos I famously regretted with the results. ‘You have built what you or others might have built anywhere, but you have destroyed something that was unique in the world.’



Plaza de la Corredera



‘Could this be the place where King Carlos I tried to forget the Capilla Mayor’s debacle?’ Ariel wondered.


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Overview



‘It could be. This was the site of Córdoba’s Roman amphitheatre, and also the location for horse races, bullfights and Inquisition burnings,’
‘Burnings?’
‘Not anymore and no bullfights either. Instead, you will see locals take out their pets,’


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Pet piglet




Patios Cordobeses



‘Could the locals have invited King Carlos I to their patios to cheer him up?’
‘Probably. The famed patios of Córdoba have provided shade during the heat of summer for centuries,’
‘Which patio could have been King Carlos I’s favorite?’
‘There are too many patios in Córdoba and we cannot ask King Carlos anymore,’
‘Err, how about making a tiny selection of patios and asking our ‘amigo(a)s from A.net?’
‘That is more I like it!’

Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?




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Just tell us while enjoying an evening treat.


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A glass of Rioja, a bread basket and a bowl of chorizo slices


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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:06 pm

Seville



While Granada became the last bastion of Al-Andalus, Seville or Sevilla in everyday language became the most important Castilian city by the fourteenth century.

However, King Pedro I maintained an alliance with the Muslim emir of Granada, Mohamed V, who was responsible for much of the Alhambra’s finest decoration.

Do you know that this longstanding alliance resulted in the single most stunning architectural feature in Seville?


Alcázar



‘It is a déjà vu!’ I gasped.
‘What are you talking about?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Just look!’


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Long queue



At busy times of year, it is worth booking ahead for the palatial fortress which has rightfully been listed since 1987 as a part of UNESO World Heritage listed monumental complex along with Cathedral and Archivo de Indias.

After the rather long wait for the entrance tickets, we cheered up by the sight of Patio del León.


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Patio del León



Off the garrison yard of the original Al-Muwarak palace is Sala de la Justicia with beautiful Mudéjar plasterwork.



Plasterwork close-up



And an artesonado (ceiling of interlaced beams with decorative insertions).


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Part of artesonado



After its construction in the 1340s, Christian king Alfonso XI disported here with one of his mistresses, Leonor de Guzmán. She was reportedly the most beautiful woman in Spain.

I can hardly imagine how she might look, but with neighboring Patio del Yeso, the couple must have enjoyed time together.


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Patio del Yeso



‘Dear Heaven!’
‘A déjà vu again?’
‘Yes!’

Mohammed V apparently sent along many of his best artisans when Pedro I created a new palace within Alcázar between 1364 and 1366, thanks to their alliance. The result of this unique synthesis of Iberian Islamic is the crown jewel of Alcázar, Palacio de Don Pedro.



Façade of Palacio de Don Pedro



At the heart of the palace is Patio de las Doncellas surrounded by beautiful arches, plasterwork and tiling.


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Patio de las Doncellas



Do you notice the sunken garden on the picture above? It was uncovered by archaeologists in 2004 from beneath a sixteenth century marble covering.

Still amazed by the detail, we were intrigued by yet another spectacles inside Salón de Embajadores at the end of Patio de las Doncellas.


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Wooden dome symbolizing the universe



With Arco de Pavones futher up which was named after its peacock motifs.


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Arco de Pavones



Another style of architecture art mesmerized us at Salones de Carlos V.



Gothic palace interior



Right outside, Jardin de las Danzas was awaiting.


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Overview of Jardin de las Danzas



Where a friendly host greeted us.


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A peacock



And guided along a passage beneath Salones de Carlos V to Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla.



Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla



Amigo(a)s, the sight somehow reminded me of neighboring Cathedral and Giralda at night.



Cathedral and Giralda towering beside it



‘What about our visit there?’ Ariel became impatient.
‘Well, come along then!’



Cathedral and Giralda



‘Let us create such a building that future generations will take us for lunatic’ the church authorities decided after knocking down the great twelfth century Almohad mosque after 1401 due to its decaying state.

The result is the biggest church in the world measuring 126 meter long and 83 meter wide.


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Cathedral overview



With ninety meter decorative brick tower on the northeastern side, the mosque’s minaret (Giralda).



Giralda



Such awe-inspiring building in its scale, no wonder we were not the only visitors.


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Queue



Look at the immense interior.



Lofty corridor



Inside stands the monumental tomb of Cristóbal Colón.
‘Cristóbal Colón?’
‘Yes. Does the name say anything to you?’
‘Well…’
‘What about Christopher Columbus?’


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Tomb of Christopher Columbus



The tomb contains what were long believed to be the great explorer’s bones, brought there from Cuba in 1899.

‘Do you hear that?’ Ariel whispered as we started our climb up to the belfry of Giralda. ‘Vangelis. Conquest of paradise,’
A series of ramps seemed disappearing steadily beneath us. ‘Hey, I am on horseback!’  
With every beat we came higher.

Upstairs, the refrain joined in.



Bells



Accompanying stunning view of the surroundings.


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Calle Mateos Gago with white cars parked along it


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Green oases of Alcázar Gardens on the background


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Plaza del Triunfo on the bottom left


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Archivo de Indias partially hidden behind the Cathedral’s rooftop



‘The refrain is fading,’ Ariel whispered. ‘It is time to leave. Time to recall our impressions the appropriate way,’


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A jug of Sangria
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:07 pm

Ronda



‘Did I have sangria too much?’
‘How am I supposed to know? One thing I can tell you though. What you see is for real,’ Ariel said.



Puente Nuevo over El Tajo Gorge



The towering stone bridge separates the old and new towns of Ronda. This most spectacular town of Málaga province was established in the ninth century BC.


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New towns on the left and old towns on the right viewed from Puente Nuevo



Apart from being one of Spain’s oldest towns, Ronda also houses one of the oldest and most revered bullrings in Spain, Plaza de Toros.


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Interior overview



Built by Martin Aldehuela at sixty six meter in diameter, it is the largest and, therefore, most dangerous bullring. Blood-spattered costumes worn by Pedro Romero and 1990s star Jesulín de Ubrique are displayed as confronting evidence at on-site Museo Taurino.  




Hotel Rural Molino del Puente



Mi casa es tu casa. My home is your home.


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Hotel overview



Ian, Elaine and family have indeed moved up to Ronda eight years ago, but with twenty year living experience in Spain, they do know the art of hospitality.


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Our room with double bed


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Jacuzzi and shower



Ian’s specialty was by no means to be sneezed at.


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Simmered lamb and couscous



Which made me regret, ‘Why did we stay only for one night?’  
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:08 pm

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport






‘Could Bruce Fairbanks be the descendant of Seville’s church authority member?’ Ariel wondered once we arrived on the second floor of Terminal 3.


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Lift shaft under the roof



‘I do not know. But I know why the question. The lift shaft is like a chapel inside a cathedral,’
“Shall we?” Herman beckoned.
“Sure,”

Our walkway to the first floor revealed more of mesmerizing architecture of this particular terminal which was opened on 15 March 2010 by King Juan Carlos.


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Right curbside



Another masterpiece was waiting for us inside.


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Public hall overview. Note the glass wall


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Check-in area overview



With eighty six check-in counters, we needed FIDS to locate our counter.
‘Really? How come?’ Ariel became sharp.
‘Alright! I did not do my homework properly,’



FIDS




Airport check in



The counters were not yet opened as we got there, though it was 10.50 already.


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Unmanned counters. Note the passage on each side



Five minutes later, Iberia customer service agent Macarena arrived.
“The counter will be opened in five minutes,” She notified us while preparing the two counters for our flight.
“Alright,”


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322 for Club Europe and 323 for check-in assistance



More fellow passengers were lining up behind us. But yet, our queue was nothing compared to others.


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People all over the place on our left



In the meantime, Macarena had everything set behind counter 323.
“You may come forward. But if Business Class passengers arrive, they will be attended,”
“Okay,”
We were attended anyway as there were no premium passengers in sight.

“Your final destination is Amsterdam?”
“Correct,”
“And you have two pieces of luggage to check in?”
“No, just one,”
“Oh, I see two pieces on my screen. Let me just correct it for you,”

Herman looked at me. “Why have you done that?”
“I am not sure whether our suitcase will be overweight,”
The scale indicated twenty three kilograms. Our joint suitcase was coincidentally packed to single passenger’s maximum allowance.  

“Your plane will be landed at 13.00. But we will board at 13.00 anyway,” Macarena said while returning our documents. “Enjoy your flight,”
“Thank you,”

We were processed just in time as Macarena noticed a man standing in front of counter 322.
“Business class?”
“Yes,”
Indeed, this premium passenger got attended before fellow Economy passenger behind us. But hey, we got our boarding passes, did we not?  



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My boarding pass. Note the missing gate number



“Shall we go inside?” Herman suggested.
“Sure. I would love to do some spotting. We have plenty of time,”
“Well, I am thinking more of shopping,”
“As you wish,”


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Queues before security control



Again, we chose the wrong lane. Others moved up quickly, but ours. Still we made airside after five minutes. Good job on this, AGP!   




Schengen area




FIDS. Sorry for the reflection



“Darn, still another hour to find out our gate,”
“How about checking the duty free?”
“Just let’s do it. The shopping area is right on our opposite anyway,”


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Duty free ‘chapel’ of T3 ‘cathedral’



“I wanna boom bang bang with your body-o
We're gonna rough it up before we take it slow
Girl let me rock you rock you like a rodeo
It's gonna be a bumpy ride…”

‘Mohombi’s Bumpy ride!’ Ariel broke the silence as we entered the shopping area. ‘What is the occasion? Hey, look there!’


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Dancing couple



“I'm gonna pull you over, pull you under
Make your body surrender to mine, heeeee hooooo…”



Our purchase



The couple was indeed performing in front of Jameson, but we made our body surrender to Famous Grouse. 



Amigo(a)s, let me show you something,


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Four Arrows Food & Beer Pub facade



Do you remember the very first photo on my report? If you know where it belongs to, you deserve this.



A pint of Guinness



Heineken for all I care. It will be yours anyway.   

Just sit back and enjoy what we have got for you.


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Easyjet G-EZTY


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Aeroflot VP-BRY


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Swiss HB-IOL, dedicated to Gabriel (Gabrielchew) and Philip (OA260). 27th January 2008 and 8th December 2010?


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Monarch G-OJMR, dedicated to Eric (Airbuseric), Martijn (CrimsonNL) and Matt (DunaA320)



At 12.45, something sleek in distinguished livery touched down.
“Dear Heaven!” I gave a cry by this sight. Unintentionally loud that a father and his toddler who were enjoying the view just nearby, turned their face to me.
“Sorry,”


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Hazy view of G-LCYM



G-LCYM rolled towards the end of the runway and became out of sight.
‘The gate must be announced by now,’ Ariel whispered.



FIDS. Note the delayed Germanwings



“Our plane has arrived. Shall we go to the gate now?” I notified Herman.
“Do you know our gate number?”
“Yes, C thirty two,”


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Border control before C pier



There were some passengers being attended at the border control. So, we decided to wait. It was just a matter of seconds though.



Gate C32



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Gate screen



Macarena and her colleague were already at the gate. It was still 12.55, five minutes before indicated boarding time. But it did not make any difference for some fellow passengers.


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Boarding queue




Boarding



“Enjoy your flight,” Macarena said after the boarding pass reader flashed green.
“Thank you,” I stepped onto the walkway.


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C32 walkway



I got funny feeling. ‘Could this be… ?’


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IB bus



‘… a bus gate? Yes!’  

However, it happened to be the only bus deployed for our flight.


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Interior view. Packed to the brim



But it did not matter with my strategic position. Another surprise was even waiting.


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G-YMMB, dedicated to Palmjet. 3rd December 2010?



As we got closer to the remote apron next to General Aviation Terminal, the silhouette of G-LCYM came in sight. I had my camera at the ready, but in all sudden, our bus stopped some thirty meters away of G-LCYM.

Three disabled passengers obviously still had to disembark which delayed our boarding for another ten minutes. In the meantime, I could not help murmuring. ‘Embraer jet, so close, but yet untouchable,’

As the bus doors eventually slid open, I was in cloud nine, ‘I am about to lose my virginity to this beauty, familiar to Gabriel and Palmjet!’
Amigo(a)s, I made grateful use of being the last to leave the bus!  





Wing shot, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67)


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Is it an E-jet? Yes, it is!


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Forward view



Tail shot


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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:11 pm

On board






Flights Status

Route: AGP-LCY
Date: 23 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 13.10 / 13.40
ETA/ATA: 14.55 / 15.10
Flight number: BA 8488
Plane: Embraer 190LR
Registration: G-LCYM
Delivered: 29 May 2010
Flight deck: Captain David Horrige



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Photo © Matthieu Douhaire




We were welcomed by friendly cabin crew member Louise. She was in charge of Euro Traveller. Her colleague, cabin manager Sharon, was in charge of Club Europe.

I hardly believed that I was on board of E-jet even with full sight of our seats.



25A and B. Our sanctuary



“Oh, it is a small plane!”
By this remark of a fellow passenger, how could I possibly deny?

I was amazed by the roomy 2-2 seating arrangement.


Decent legroom



Talking about legroom, my seat has been the best I ever experienced for the last row. Even Herman was impressed by his.


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Rooms to spare



By the way, row 25 is marked as an emergency exit row. Could this be the reason of the great legroom? Anyway, the whole interior looked immaculate.


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Overhead panel


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Cabin view



Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?



2L door was closed just before 13.30. 1L closure followed couple minutes later.

Captain Horrige was on the microphone, “Good afternoon, this is your captain speaking. We are still waiting for the permission to start the engine,”

We did not have to wait long though as the GE-CF34 engines came to life at 13.30. Oh dear, somehow the GE engines were humming Pitbull’s sultry Calle Ocho.

“I know you want me
You know I want cha
I know you want me
You know I want cha…”

Safety demonstration was interesting. A pre-recorded tape was played while Sharon and Louise performed the manual demonstration. As usual, they advised us to consult the safety cards at any time.



Front page with six languages. Note E190SR version


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Instructions for during the taxi and emergency landing



Instructions for emergency landing in the water




Taxi



At 13.40, G-LCYM started moving towards 13 runway marking and became second to delayed 4U D-AKNU in sequence.


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4U D-AKNU dedicated to Marius (Luftfahrer). 13th May 2010?



D-AKNU performed an unusual long take-off roll. I wonder if the flight deck crew just gave up the idea of catching up with the delay.

G-LCYM got the permission to enter the runway once D-AKNU was no more in sight.


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Lining up




Take off



G-LCYM gradually accelerated without increasing sound level. Ariel tried to follow the sequence.
‘V one…. V… what?’


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Rotate



G-LCYM lifted off just not even using 1,300 meter out of 3,200 meter runway of AGP! Her steep climb revealed the surroundings, though rather foggy.


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Terminal 2. Note the new runway construction on the background



The fog however became thicker.


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Guadelmar


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Sierra Nevada


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Torre del Mar




In flight



Interestingly, some two minutes after the lift-off, I heard unbuckling sound from the back. Louise got herself ready for the cabin service. So might Sharon as well.

Louise was on the microphone, “We will start our cabin service. You can enjoy our freshly prepared sandwich, tea, coffee and full bar service,”

Five minutes later, sandwiches were distributed.


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Louise in action



“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.  

“Pickle and cheese, Sir?” She smiled by the time she reached our row.
How could I say no?  



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Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread


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Rich filled sandwich



“How do you like it?” Herman asked.
“The silky pickle calmed down your palate at every burst of the cheddar. The bread is a tad dry but it sees to a tiny break between the flavor explosion. I love it!”

In the meantime, Louise carried on the bar service.



Drink trolley with wooden panels.



Herman was attended first.
“What would you like to drink, Sir?”
“Red wine, please,”



Herman’s Spanish red



“How about you, Sir?” Louise turned to me.
“Can I have gin and tonic, please?”
“Would you like ice and lemon in it?”
“Yes, please,”


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My G&T. Cheers, Gabriel, Jonas (LH4116)



The sky cleared up a bit as G-LCYM was cruising above Spanish interior.


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Madrid Barajas airport



After tea and coffee service some fifteen minutes later, Louise disappeared into Club Europe cabin, presumably to assist Sharon.

‘When the cat is away, the mice will play!’ Ariel whispered.
‘Behave, Ariel! How could you say that? But, thanks for pointing out the opportunity,’



Aft galley



Mini lavatory



I did not realize that Louise was busy with rubbish collection.

At one stage, my photo-taking caught her attention.
“Is everything okay?”
“Oh, yes, it is lovely. I just want to document my travel experience,”
“I just want to make sure that everything is okay,”
“Well, thank you,”

As Louise was about to distribute the landing cards, I did not want to get longer in her way and returned to my seat.

The weather was clear, so why should I not take advantage of my window seat?  



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Noirmoutier-en-I’lle hidden behind frost flowers


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Montoir airport


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French coastline between Cancale and Granville


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Jersey



At 15.50, Captain Horrige was on the microphone to announce our landing within twenty minutes.

‘Really? That soon?’ Ariel was surprised.
‘Apparently. Time flies when you are having fun,’

Some five minutes later, G-LCYM made landfall.


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Town of Hastings




Landing (UK time)



Fasten seat belt signs were illuminated as G-LCYM was set for the landing position. The view was rather unfamiliar.


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Queen Elizabeth II bridge



But that was a good sign. London City Airport was indeed ahead!  



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Thamesmead West


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Flare with North Woolwich on the background



Finally, la moment supreme at 15.10.


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Touch down



G-LCYM rolled graciously towards the end of the runway while introducing her sister.


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G-LCYN, our ride to AMS



Showing more of the surroundings.


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Central railway station


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G-EUNB



Before coming to a stop at 15.15.


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Terminal building. Note the arrival doors



Soon enough, everyone was free to get off.


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Cabin rush




Disembarking



At farewell, Louise lead us to amazing apron view. It was like being on a podium of beauty pageant.


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One of many beauties around, sister ship G-LCYO
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:13 pm

London City Airport






Eric (Airbuseric)’s Compare VLM With Cityjet? RTM-LCY // LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Aug 23 2009 in Trip Reports) required caution of photography. But, the sight of our beauty was just too tempting.


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Dedicated to Gabriel and Palmjet



‘Are we not supposed to go through the border control?’ Ariel wondered a little while later.
‘We have done that!’
‘Oh really? I did not realize it,’
‘It must have been one of the advantages of tiny airport. Shall we?’



Signage



Surprisingly, we found ourselves inside public area.


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Check-in area overview



LCY’s compact design does not seem to allow any separate transfer area, but I do not mind at all. In fact, it makes the check-in area suitable for a short meet up with amigo(a)s from UK.

“Are we going for departure?” Herman wondered.
“We have got our onward boarding passes already. So yes, what are we waiting for?”


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My boarding pass



Past automatic boarding pass control, we were subject to security check which took some ten minutes as the official was really interested in our purchase from AGP.



Post security



Airside turned out to be a huge lounge area.


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Overview



How could you deny being in a lounge once you looked at FIDS?


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FIDS



“How about having some drinks?” Herman suggested while pointing at Rhubarb.
“Good idea,”
“A big glass of Amstel would be nice for me,”
“Alright. Let’s see what they have further on offer,“


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My Stella Artois and Herman’s Amstel



Stella Artois is indeed Belgian. But hey, as long as it was not Heineken or any other Dutch brand, I did not care. Too bad, Rhubarb was not the place to be for spotting.

We should have walked further inside.


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Central hall. Note the spotting bar at the end



To have this window view much earlier.


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Cityjet EI-WXA



Around 16.30, gate 21 was displayed for our flight.

“Our gate has been announced,” I notified Herman.
“Just say you desperately want to go there,”
Herman knew me too well!  




Gate signage. Note the odd numbering




Gate 21



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Gate screen



‘Beep!’ I was legal to enter the coziest holding room I ever experienced.


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Holding area



And another perfect place for spotting!


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G-LCYJ, dedicated to Matt. 26th July 2010?


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EI-RJF, dedicated to Tim (Vandenheuvel)




Boarding



As common boarding was announced at 16.45, in all sudden, the dark leather couches did not feel comfortable anymore.


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Boarding crowd




Surprisingly, there was no rush at all among fellow passengers. Everyone leisurely walked on the tarmac to the 700th E-jet ever built, G-LCYN.

The weather was perfect for photography. Darn, why did I have to be too discrete? Amigo(a)s, I am sorry that I do not have any other pre-entrance photo than this.



Tail shot
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:15 pm

On board






Flights Status

Route: LCY-AMS
Date: 23 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 17.05 / 17.05
ETA/ATA: 19.15 / 19.10
Flight number: BA 8459
Plane: Embraer 190LR
Registration: G-LCYN
Delivered: 10 November 2010
Flight deck: Captain Ed Kenney



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“Good afternoon,”
“Your boarding pass, please?” Cabin crew member Francisco replied.
“Thank you,” He returned our boarding passes after a quick glance and turned to passengers behind us.

Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

For a change, we selected the right side.



Our row



Amigo(a)s, should I tell you who got the window seat?   




Legroom. Note the coat hook on the right



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Forward cabin view



Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s



At 16.50, 2L door was closed. 1L closure followed five minutes later.

Captain Kenney was on the microphone to inform us the flight details including flight time of thirty five minutes.  Wow!

G-LCYN was still waiting for the clearance at the end of his announcement. Much to my spotting delight!  



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D-AECG. Nice to see you again since last 19th August 2010 in Munich


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G-ZAPK



As soon as our clearance was granted, Francisco performed manual safety demonstration in our cabin while in-flight cabin manager Sharon took charge of Club Europe.



Taxi



‘I did not know LCY was that pedestrian friendly!’ Ariel remarked as G-LCYN was about to complete her backtrack.
‘What do you mean?’
‘Look!’


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Turning. Note the pedestrian walkway



‘And look over there!’


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Entering the runway. Note the campus building of University of East London


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Lining up. Note Dockalands and Tate and Lyle sugar factory on the side of the water



‘Do you know what? I just let you in peace. Enjoy your moments now!’ Ariel retreated.



Take off



Indeed, how I missed these moments earlier at LGW.


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Powerful take-off roll



This might be not typical LGW view, but what do you think of this just after 900 meter spot of 1,508 meter runway?


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Power climb



Then turning east towards AMS?


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London 2012 Olympic Stadium with surrounding Olympic park


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LCY overview




In flight



Not even five minutes after our lift-off at 17.05, Francisco already started snack distribution.


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Francisco in action



All Day Deli was on menu without any further bar service.


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All Day Deli



It consisted a packet of each savory and sweet snack and a cup of mineral water.


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Indian korma snacks



Not mildly spiced, but fiery, just how I wanted korma to be. Do you believe me if every bite of it reminded me of korma dish I had last February in India?  



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Honeycomb biscuits dipped in chocolate



The biscuit’s moist texture and sweetness saw for nice transition and at the same time accompanied joyful munching sensation towards the finish. All washed down by refreshing drink.


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Still mineral water



While enjoying the view.


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Town of West Mersea and Mersea quarters



The rubbish was not collected immediately as Francisco had to assist Sharon at Club Europe. But, the All Day Deli packing came with a hole on one edge to serve a particular purpose.



Rubbish ready for collection from the coat hook



At 17.30, Francisco returned to collect the rubbish bags and what a speed, thanks to the handy packing design!  

Soon enough, Captain Kenney was on the microphone to announce our descent from cruising altitude of 25,000 feet towards sunny AMS at sixteen Centigrade.



Landing (Dutch time)



At 18.45, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.

“Can I have the camera? I have to capture something,”
I passed our camera on and Herman quickly moved to the other side of the plane.


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Offshore wind park North Sea



G-LCYN was indeed approaching Netherlands.  



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Ijmuiden


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Dunes near Egmond


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Egmond-Binnen



G-LCYN banked sharp to the right which could only mean one thing. Landing at Polderbaan for the third time in sequence of this year!


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Touch down at 18.55



During fifteen minute trek to the terminal, I could not take any decent picture due to backlighting. We were seated on the wrong side thanks to my own stupid mistake!   

While I tried to put up with the situation, Mr. 24C got impatient and started playing with his IPad.

Fransisco immediately approached him, “Sir, you have to switch it off!”
Mr. 24C mumbled something back.
“It is the regulation, Sir. You really have to switch it off!”
Mr. 24C obeyed at the end as soon as he realized that Fransisco did not budge an inch.

At 19.10, G-LCYN came to a complete stop next to a home beauty who patiently waited for Palmjet after his E-jet adventure last 1 November 2010.


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KLM PH-BXZ




Disembarking



The ritual started all over again, though more civilized.


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Cabin rush



While waiting for our turn, I entered into a conversation with Fransisco.

Do you know what? He was nice after all!  

“Are you going to write about us?”
“Sure,”
Fransisco just smiled upon my reply.
“Well, it is free now,”

The flow was indeed gone. Time for us to say goodbye to Fransisco and Sharon.
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:17 pm

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Somehow I was not too excited by this sight.


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Border control



Our Andalucía adventure came to an end.  


‘Always look at the bright side of life, Suryo’ I suddenly heard a whisper.
‘Thank you. For reminding me,’



Conclusion



Amigo(a)s, if you ask me what the bright side of my life will be, it is the opportunity to discover the world and making friends with companion of Herman, my partner.

My first gratitude goes to Herman for everything including his valuable photographical contributions.

Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. I genuinely invite you to read them:

The Innsbruck Experience - 2 A.netters In Austria (by infodesk Nov 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Up The North Till Narvik And Kiruna (by FLIEGER67 Nov 20 2011 in Trip Reports)

My further gratitude to all BA’s customer service agents, cabin managers and crew members for the memorable journey, in particular Captain Anderson, First Officer Slede, Yasmine, Ian, Leanne and Louise.

My gratitude to Ian and Elaine for making us feel at home in Ronda.

To all of you for your replies, 717Flyer, (Matthew)767747, Alex (Abrelosojos), aflyingkiwi, Eric (Airbuseric), Lee (AlwaysOnAPlane), Alan (amax1977), Mark (Ba319-131), Burj, CaptainRed, Martijn (CrimsonNL), Matt (DunaA320), eastafspot, flightsimboy, P. (FlyingFinn76), Gabriel (gabrielchew), Jezrel (JetBlue777), Fabrizio (JL418), JOE777, William (Knightsofmalta), Leo (LFutia), Jonas (LH4116), Daniel (LH4532), Luke (lukeboy95), TEW (luv2fly), lychemsa, Mohammed (malioil), Mohit (mk777), Marc (MSS658), Philip (OA260), Palmjet, Robert (parton87), PlaneHunter, Roy (Quokka), Roger (ROGERBCN), Roni (ronerone), RvXKaz , signol, Blaž (SloAir), Anosh (SR 103), Stiptica, Nils (Sultanils), taichen, Lars (The777Man) and Nick (TravelsUK).

And all others for reading my reports.


If you are interested in my earlier reports, do not hesitate to read them:


Love At First Sight: An Emirates Story From AMS (by akhmad Mar 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India: Dubai To Delhi And Beyond (by akhmad Apr 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Along Rajasthan Back To Dubai (by akhmad Apr 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Dubai-Amsterdam: A Tribute To Friendship (by akhmad Jun 3 2011 in Trip Reports)

A.net Meeting In FRA? Thank You Lufthansa! (by akhmad Jul 21 2011 in Trip Reports)

Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA (by akhmad Oct 18 2011 in Trip Reports)


I sincerely hope that you enjoy my report. Please feel free to write your comments and suggestions.


Un abrazo,
Suryo
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:31 pm

Hi Suryo,

thanks for this masterpiece of writing.
First of all RIP to all beloved persons, that can't be with us any more.
Your pictures of the sights of Andalucia are really spectacular and I especially like El Rondo.
Also nice to have a view again on AGP airport, as I was there in spring this year.
The service on Cityflyer looks very good and LCY is always a breeze.
Also I find the seat comfort better on the E-Jets than on 737s and A32Xs but thats just my opinion.

Thanks again a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:39 pm

Lovely report, thanks, and great timing. I'm on BA 8488 in 15 days time! (routing LGW-AGP-LCY, following you!) Great photos of Andalucia as well. I'm stuck deciding what to do with my one full day from Malaga (I have a car)....Granada, Seville, Ronda or Cordoba?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Swiss HB-IOL, dedicated to Gabriel (Gabrielchew) and Philip (OA260). 27th January 2008 and 8th December 2010?

Hm, impressive that you found that! I had to go back and check my records! Indeed I flew her
LHR-ZRH
.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Talking about legroom, my seat has been the best I ever experienced for the last row. Even Herman was impressed by his.

Very good legroom. Do the seats in the back row have full recline as well? What was the load?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Registration: G-LCYM

I clocked this one was well last December in the snow GLA-LCY.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.

Was there any other choice, or just cheddar and pickle?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

“How about you, Sir?” Louise turned to me.
“Can I have gin and tonic, please?”

Good choice  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
All Day Deli was on menu without any further bar service.

I think LCY-AMS is the only flight on the BA network without a bar service....funny that they can manage on the AMS-LGW/LHR sectors, but not LCY.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):


I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

RIP

[Edited 2011-11-24 06:45:54]
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:38 pm

Hola Suryo!

Impressed to say the least!

What a wonderful beginning dedicating the Trip Report to your godmother... a very nice touch.

Visiting in some days Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Sevilla is one of the most impressive trips you can take in Europe, great and really beautiful towns; Sevilla, one of my favorite cities, is a great place, truly beautiful and great to visit. I am most impressed by the pictures you took and all the patios you had a pick at... they are really beautiful places, especially during the summer months, which could be quite hot in the South. Ronda hosts an XVIIIc. bullfighting festival at the end of September, Corrida Goyesca, when the city blooms in style.

You ended your trip in true style, flying an E90 to LCY must be one of the best ways to finish a trip as yours.

Fantastic.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2011-11-24 07:39:37]
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:54 pm

Hey Akhmad,

Thanks for the great report. Looks like you had two nice flights back with BA. I'm impressed with the service on the EMB-190's ... looks pretty good.

Looking forward to your next trip - Andalucia is a place that looks amazing to visit!

Best,

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:56 pm

Hi Suryo!

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures! Nice with the dedication to your godmother, may she and other recent departed souls rest in peace.

Amazing pictures from Spain ! I really need to go there sometime! Perhaps late next year; I just have a lot of trips planned before that...... 

I guess I prefer the second of the three patios you pictured!

Nice that you flew via LCY on the EMB-190! It's a great airplane and the take off experience from LCY seems to be great with a really strong acceleration.

Can't wait for your next report !

I hope to see you at BER in June ?

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:42 pm

Hoj, Suryo,

what a superb detailed story.
How should one buy a travel book when there is such a detailed and well pictured story around.
You should offer it to the Andalucian tourist bureau.
And you know, I like you´re writing style with you´re fellow travellers Herman and also Ariel, for sure good company and
always the way to fit in some interesting communication this way, really well done, Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

Really nice words and what a well written dedication. I´am with you, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

More nice words, warm welcomed to follow this, really good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

Number two is my choice, definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

‘Do you hear that?’ Ariel whispered as we started our climb up to the belfry of Giralda. ‘Vangelis. Conquest of paradise,’

That fits, I feel some shudder coming up.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Wing shot, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67)

I like it this way, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?

We should be there, definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

So it feels like.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s

Another one for us.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. I genuinely invite you to read them:

Warm welcomed, I´am really pride to read this.

Best greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:46 pm

Hi Suryo!

Another beautiful tripreport of yours!

Nice to read about your return journey. After I had to change my booking so I couldn't fly to LCY in September, I have now booked another flight to experience this very special airport. So if everything goes as planned, I'll be flying into LCY in March.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Odd enough, how hard I was trying, I could only recall, ‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’ and nothing else.

That's a great advice, and I'm sure she appreciates you dedicating this report to her.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

I think I'll have to say the second one.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our walkway to the first floor revealed more of mesmerizing architecture of this particular terminal which was opened on 15 March 2010 by King Juan Carlos.

Wow, that's a really cool looking terminal.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Madrid Barajas airport

Ahh, always nice to see an airport during cruise!

Martin
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:06 am

Hi Suryo,

amazing report full of high quality pictures - "as usual" I have to add, because you always create outstanding reports!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Good choice, Suryo. Your found the right words.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread

Hm, that cannot impress me...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

Well, I'd simply say "reserved"...


PH

[Edited 2011-11-24 21:07:10]
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:18 pm

Hi Suryo,

once again you have produced a masterpiece of literature, a delight to read. Thank you! A perfect follow-on from the first part.

Thanks again!

signol
Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
 
sultanils
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:05 pm

Hola Suryo!

Wow, that was a really pleasant story! Great pics of those magnificent sights you've visited in Spain. Although Spain is not my n°1 holiday country, I found those places quite impressive. I'm delighted as well to read you have finally lost your 'jungle jet' virginity   . Those BA ones look pretty fine indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Japanese tourists

Funny, you find these almost everywhere  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her, I'm sure she must've been honored. May she rest in peace and be in your mind forever Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla

Great photo with that reflection.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Public hall overview. Note the glass wall

Impressive, but still it's not MAD's T4 lol!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Hazy view of G-LCYM

Quite an appropriate registration.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Is it an E-jet? Yes, it is!

Hurrah! An E-jet sent by E-mail?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Note E190SR version

Any idea what this 'SR' typing means.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Finally, la moment supreme at 15.10.

I don't want to nitpick you Suryo, but it's le moment suprême  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My Stella Artois

At least they serve decent beer there!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tail shot

Great one Suryo, or should I say Herman? And a perfect eyecatcher and opener for the report!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Nils (Sultanils)

Thanks, the pleasure is mine.

Sultanils
In thrust we trust.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:12 pm

Hi Suryo ... amigo Stipica calling !

beautiful and very educational trip report ... you really know how to sell things ... right timing, great photos, historical motivating topics , oiliness and kindness ...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?


for me fusion between No.2 and No.3 ... but one ... ok No.2

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
But, the All Day Deli packing came with a hole on one edge to serve a particular purpose.

packing packing packing ... how many packing for a small snack ... horror

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Stiptica

my name is very rare in Croatia and with your intervention I am totaly exotic .... hmmm but ... Sti ( the first three letters of my name) ... plus ...ptica (means birds in croatian) ... the result is that I have a new profile name hihhihiihih   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

Thank you Suryo very thoughtful of you
I am big fan stipica  
Open your eyes and think
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:19 pm

Hi Suryo,
Having completed my last exam of 2011 today I was looking for something really enjoyable to read this evening. And indeed the report on your return journey from amazing Andalucía fitted in perfectly! Thank you for this experience!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.

I am sorry to hear this. Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her and may she rest in peace.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, will you join me and Herman along Iberian Peninsula to see something like this?

Well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have ended up here leaving a comment!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Indeed, Alex (Abrelosojos) did time traveling in the air

I always find a bit of magic in flying HEL-ARN as you may leave at 8.00 a.m. and arrive at 7.50 a.m. - quite a fast flight!
You of course gave the word "time travel" a whole new meaning in this report, something I can only thank you for.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Just a moment! Are we not going too fast?’ My conscience Ariel protested.

Well, Markus has Mr. S. and now I've learned about Ariel. I feel alone, perhaps I should end this one-man-operation and get some company for my next trip. But we'll see what I come up with for my next report.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

All three are amazingly beautiful, but somehow the second one is filled with peace of mind. I'd love to, one day, have a patio like that.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Amigo(a)s, the sight somehow reminded me of neighboring Cathedral and Giralda at night.

What a wonderful picture!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
With eighty six check-in counters, we needed FIDS to locate our counter.
‘Really? How come?’ Ariel became sharp.
‘Alright! I did not do my homework properly,’

But Suryo, how could you?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“Business class?”
“Yes,”
Indeed, this premium passenger got attended before fellow Economy passenger behind us.

Makes me remember the fact that in a couple of weeks I'll be flying in "business class" for the first time ever...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Again, we chose the wrong lane.

..and I'll be allowed to use the the Fast Track security lane  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
In the meantime, I could not help murmuring. ‘Embraer jet, so close, but yet untouchable,’

Indeed the Embraer looks gorgeous! Myself I still haven't flown on the Embraer 170 or 190, but the ERJ-145 is more familiar to me. I remember how excited I was (even though that plane wasn't even close to as shiny as the BA examples you scored).

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_8244.jpg

(Sorry, I couldn't resist to add a picture of it...)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘I am about to lose my virginity to this beauty, familiar to Gabriel and Palmjet!’

Next time it would perhaps be suitable to lose the 717 virginity, don't you think?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?
There's always a seat for an A.netter on a plane.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Eric (Airbuseric)’s Compare VLM With Cityjet? RTM-LCY // LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Aug 23 2009 in Trip Reports) required caution of photography. But, the sight of our beauty was just too tempting.
Looking absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine!

>
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Markus, could this be what you call business friendly?

 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
To all of you for your replies, 717Flyer

It has been my pleasure to follow your Andalucían adventure and I am looking forward to many other inspiring stories that the future has in store.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Our Andalucía adventure came to an end.

Then it's time for you to start thinking your next trip, don't you think?

Once again, Muchas gracias , Suryo.

Regards,
717Flyer
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:17 pm

what a great dedication suryo.

I loved the beautiful pics from your trip to the iberian peninsula...great amalgamation of muslim and catholic architecture.

BA didn't disappoint. I was just wondering what are those number markers on the tail wing on the E190??

Looks like you both had an awesome trip and i loved reading every bit of it.

Thanks for sharing.

regards,
Mohit
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:27 pm

Hi Suryo,

A masterpiece, as all your reports are.

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos of Andalucia with us, it makes me want to go and book a trip there right away. I love the way you have taken the time to mention so many fellow members in this report and for you to research which aircraft they have flown on, that is dedication for you! (And thank you for not forgetting the female readers with your amigo(a)s!!)

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

I think there must be a few smiling faces up there, after all the dedications they have received the last few days.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, which one is your favorite of the following three?

Number 2, very classy!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Accompanying stunning view of the surroundings

I particularly like the colourful buildings and that rooftop swimming pool.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Sure. I would love to do some spotting. We have plenty of time,”
“Well, I am thinking more of shopping,”

Sounds like a fair distribution of activities!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It was still 12.55, five minutes before indicated boarding time. But it did not make any difference for some fellow passengers.

Ah you know, Suryo, the Brits always like to queue  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unoccupied 25C and D. Markus, Hannah (Infodesk), where were you?

Missing out on some fun, so it seems!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.

That is a new way to promote them. „Mayo & tuna, salad & ham etc.“, sounds strange, doesn’t it?! Still, the sandwich looks very tasty.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, should I tell you who got the window seat?

I’m guessing you & Herman have a similar arrangement to me & my husband. That means, I always get the window seat!

The all day deli you got served on the LCY-AMS seems like a good soultion for such a short hop, a little like the goodie bag on AB between BCN-PMI.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unoccupied 25A and B. I wish you were there, amigo(a)s

It brings back memories of my first E70 flights, on the way to and from Paris to travel on the A380. Pretty much every other seat taken, except for the aisle seats on the last row, me & Markus by the windows!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Always look at the bright side of life, Suryo’ I suddenly heard a whisper.
‘Thank you. For reminding me,’

Suryo, you’ll have me crying in a minute!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigo(a)s, if you ask me what the bright side of my life will be, it is the opportunity to discover the world and making friends with companion of Herman, my partner.


What beautiful words.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Secondly, I wish to thank Hannah and Markus whose trip reports have become my inspiration. genuinely invite you to read them:

Suryo, how sweet of you. What more can I say?

Thank you once again for a fantastic read. When's your next trip?  

Happy flying
Infodesk   
"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:34 pm

Querido(a) Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Matthew, Lars, Markus, Martin, PH, Signol, Nils, stipica, 717Flyer, Mohit, Hannah,


Thank you so much for your replies. I am overwhelmed.


Markus, Hannah:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Warm welcomed, I´am really pride to read this.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Suryo, how sweet of you. What more can I say?

It just feels appropriate for me to do that.


Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Lars, PH, Nils, 717Flyer, Mohit:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Your pictures of the sights of Andalucia are really spectacular and I especially like El Rondo.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Great photos of Andalucia as well.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
I am most impressed by the pictures you took and all the patios you had a pick at...
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Fantastic report with fantastic pictures!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
amazing report full of high quality pictures
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Great photo with that reflection.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
What a wonderful picture!
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
I loved the beautiful pics from your trip to the iberian peninsula...great amalgamation of muslim and catholic architecture.

Thank you. Herman gets the credit for the pictures.


Johannes, Gabriel, Roger, Matthew, Martin, Signol, Nils, Mohit, Hannah:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Thanks again a lot for sharing.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Lovely report, thanks,
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Fantastic.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the great report.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Another beautiful tripreport of yours!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Nice to read about your return journey.
Quoting signol (Reply 17):
A perfect follow-on from the first part. Thanks again!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Wow, that was a really pleasant story! Great pics of those magnificent sights you've visited in Spain.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
Looks like you both had an awesome trip and i loved reading every bit of it.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
Thanks for sharing.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos of Andalucia with us,

You are welcome. It has been a great pleasure.


Johannes, Roger, PH, Signol, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
thanks for this masterpiece of writing.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Impressed to say the least!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
"as usual" I have to add, because you always create outstanding reports!
Quoting signol (Reply 17):
once again you have produced a masterpiece of literature, a delight to read. Thank you!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I always find a bit of magic in flying HEL-ARN as you may leave at 8.00 a.m. and arrive at 7.50 a.m. - quite a fast flight! You of course gave the word "time travel" a whole new meaning in this report, something I can only thank you for.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
A masterpiece, as all your reports are.

You make me blush. Thank you so much.   



Gabriel, Roger, Lars, Markus, Martin, PH, Nils, Stipica, 717Flyer, Mohit, Hannah:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
RIP
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
What a wonderful beginning dedicating the Trip Report to your godmother... a very nice touch.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice with the dedication to your godmother, may she and other recent departed souls rest in peace.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Really nice words and what a well written dedication. I´am with you, you know.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
That's a great advice, and I'm sure she appreciates you dedicating this report to her.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Good choice, Suryo. Your found the right words.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her, I'm sure she must've been honored. May she rest in peace and be in your mind forever Suryo.
Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
Thank you Suryo very thoughtful of you
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I am sorry to hear this. Very nice of you to dedicate this report to her and may she rest in peace.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
what a great dedication suryo.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I think there must be a few smiling faces up there, after all the dedications they have received the last few days.
Amigo(a)s, thank you. You have brought tears in my eyes.


Matthew, Lars, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Looking forward to your next trip -
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Can't wait for your next report !
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
and I am looking forward to many other inspiring stories that the future has in store.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Then it's time for you to start thinking your next trip, don't you think?
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
When's your next trip?

In March it will be.


Lars, Markus, Martin, Stipica, 717Flyer, Hannah:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I guess I prefer the second of the three patios you pictured!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Number two is my choice, definitely.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I think I'll have to say the second one.
Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
for me fusion between No.2 and No.3 ... but one ... ok No.2
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
All three are amazingly beautiful, but somehow the second one is filled with peace of mind. I'd love to, one day, have a patio like that.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Number 2, very classy!

The majority has spoken.


Markus, PH:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
So it feels like.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Well, I'd simply say "reserved"...

That is fair.


Johannes:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
First of all RIP to all beloved persons, that can't be with us any more.

May they always be in our remembrance.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Also nice to have a view again on AGP airport, as I was there in spring this year.

Nice memory of the airport.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
The service on Cityflyer looks very good and LCY is always a breeze.

I can only agree with you.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Also I find the seat comfort better on the E-Jets than on 737s and A32Xs but thats just my opinion.

I found the seat on 737 equally comfortable as E-jet.


Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
and great timing. I'm on BA 8488 in 15 days time! (routing LGW-AGP-LCY, following you!)

I know you are going to Malaga, but I did not know that LGW was included in your itinerary. Very nice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I'm stuck deciding what to do with my one full day from Malaga (I have a car)....Granada, Seville, Ronda or Cordoba?

Ronda. It is perfect for a day trip. Take the scenic route and some of your surroundings will be like these.


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2423.jpg


A lone tree along A-366 between Ronda and El Burgo


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2443.jpg


Cancho de la Pepa taken from A-366


http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/ouweland-akhmad/Ronda/2573.jpg


View from Mirador del Guarda Forestal


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Hm, impressive that you found that! I had to go back and check my records! Indeed I flew her LHR-ZRH.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I clocked this one was well last December in the snow GLA-LCY.

Hence the dedication.  



Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Do the seats in the back row have full recline as well?

To be honest, I did not try it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
What was the load?

Some ten seats remained unoccupied.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Was there any other choice, or just cheddar and pickle?

It was just cheddar and pickle.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Good choice  

Cheers.  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I think LCY-AMS is the only flight on the BA network without a bar service

I believe you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
funny that they can manage on the AMS-LGW/LHR sectors, but not LCY.

Probably due to the longer block time for LGW and LHR?


Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Visiting in some days Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Sevilla is one of the most impressive trips you can take in Europe, great and really beautiful towns

I strongly agree with you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Sevilla, one of my favorite cities, is a great place, truly beautiful and great to visit.

Mine too along with Granada.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
Ronda hosts an XVIIIc. bullfighting festival at the end of September, Corrida Goyesca, when the city blooms in style.

We were apparently too early for the festival.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 11):
You ended your trip in true style, flying an E90 to LCY must be one of the best ways to finish a trip as yours.

E90 and LCY just had to be a part of the whole experience.


Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
I'm impressed with the service on the EMB-190's ... looks pretty good.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Andalucia is a place that looks amazing to visit!

I can only recommend you to visit Andalucía through LCY.


Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Amazing pictures from Spain ! I really need to go there sometime! Perhaps late next year

I encourage you to go to Spain, especially Andalucía.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I just have a lot of trips planned before that......  

Nice to know you are back in business.  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice that you flew via LCY on the EMB-190! It's a great airplane and the take off experience from LCY seems to be great with a really strong acceleration

EMB-190 is just majestic!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I hope to see you at BER in June ?

I will do my best.


Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
what a superb detailed story.
How should one buy a travel book when there is such a detailed and well pictured story around.

How nice to hear that. You are very kind, Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
You should offer it to the Andalucian tourist bureau.

Thank you for the honor. But I prefer offering it to A.net.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
And you know, I like you´re writing style with you´re fellow travellers Herman and also Ariel, for sure good company and
always the way to fit in some interesting communication this way, really well done, Suryo.

The same to you with Mr. S., Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
More nice words, warm welcomed to follow this, really good.

I dedicate it to your father as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
That fits, I feel some shudder coming up.

 


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
I like it this way, you know.

Hence my dedication.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
We should be there, definitely.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Another one for us.

  



Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
After I had to change my booking so I couldn't fly to LCY in September, I have now booked another flight to experience this very special airport. So if everything goes as planned, I'll be flying into LCY in March.

I do hope you will make it to LCY next March.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Wow, that's a really cool looking terminal.

Bruce Fairbanks has done a great design job on T3.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Ahh, always nice to see an airport during cruise!

  



PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Hm, that cannot impress me...

I would be happy to have yours. 



Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Although Spain is not my n°1 holiday country, I found those places quite impressive.

I assume that Spain has become closer to your n°1?   



Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I'm delighted as well to read you have finally lost your 'jungle jet' virginity   . Those BA ones look pretty fine indeed!

Like a virgin… touched for the very first time.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Funny, you find these almost everywhere  

 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Impressive, but still it's not MAD's T4 lol!

If I end up at T4 one day, I would go really MAD


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Quite an appropriate registration.

Exactly my feeling.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Hurrah! An E-jet sent by E-mail?

After an E-booking with E-payment. 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Any idea what this 'SR' typing means.

Short Range, I suppose.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I don't want to nitpick you Suryo, but it's le moment suprême

French is my weakness.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
At least they serve decent beer there!

I knew you would say that! 



Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Great one Suryo, or should I say Herman? And a perfect eyecatcher and opener for the report!

Thank you from both of us.   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Thanks, the pleasure is mine.

Mine too.


Stipica:

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
Hi Suryo ... amigo Stipica calling !

Stipica, I do hope I have got your name right this time.

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
beautiful and very educational trip report ... you really know how to sell things ... right timing, great photos, historical motivating topics , oiliness and kindness ...

You are too kind. Thank you so much.   


Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
packing packing packing ... how many packing for a small snack ... horror

Oh dear!

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
my name is very rare in Croatia and with your intervention I am totaly exotic .... hmmm

Oh no! What have I done to you?

Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
... Sti ( the first three letters of my name) ... plus ...ptica (means birds in croatian) ... the result is that I have a new profile name hihhihiihih

Stipica, you are just wonderful!  


Quoting stipica (Reply 19):
I am big fan stipica  

Also the other way around.  



717Flyer:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Having completed my last exam of 2011 today I was looking for something really enjoyable to read this evening. And indeed the report on your return journey from amazing Andalucía fitted in perfectly! Thank you for this experience!  

Thank you for the honor! I hope your last exam went well.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have ended up here leaving a comment!  

Well, in this case, you will pass your exam. No doubt about it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Well, Markus has Mr. S. and now I've learned about Ariel. I feel alone, perhaps I should end this one-man-operation and get some company for my next trip. But we'll see what I come up with for my next report.

I am looking forward to it.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
But Suryo, how could you?   

I am so sorry.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Makes me remember the fact that in a couple of weeks I'll be flying in "business class" for the first time ever...
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
..and I'll be allowed to use the the Fast Track security lane  

Do fully enjoy the experience and share it with us.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
I remember how excited I was (even though that plane wasn't even close to as shiny as the BA examples you scored).

I would have been. I am still EMB145 virgin.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
(Sorry, I couldn't resist to add a picture of it...)

No problem at all. Thank you for the picture!  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Next time it would perhaps be suitable to lose the 717 virginity, don't you think?   

I would love to.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
There's always a seat for an A.netter on a plane.

Who am I to disagree with you?   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Looking absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine!

  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
It has been my pleasure to follow your Andalucían adventure

Thank you for the honor.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 20):
Once again, Muchas gracias , Suryo.
Ha sido un placer , 717Flyer.


Mohit:



Quoting mk777 (Reply 21):
BA didn't disappoint. I was just wondering what are those number markers on the tail wing on the E190??

Good point. I do not know.


Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
it makes me want to go and book a trip there right away.

What are you waiting for? Andalucía is a perfect romantic getaway for you and your husband.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I love the way you have taken the time to mention so many fellow members in this report and for you to research which aircraft they have flown on, that is dedication for you!

How sweet of you. Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
(And thank you for not forgetting the female readers with your amigo(a)s!!)

My pleasure!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I particularly like the colourful buildings and that rooftop swimming pool.

So, will you be considering Seville for your next destination?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Sounds like a fair distribution of activities!

You know how things work.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Ah you know, Suryo, the Brits always like to queue   

I become more and more aware of that.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Missing out on some fun, so it seems!

How about sometime in the future?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
That is a new way to promote them. „Mayo & tuna, salad & ham etc.“, sounds strange, doesn’t it?!

Aha, BA must be on culinary sandwich adventure.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Still, the sandwich looks very tasty.

I loved it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I’m guessing you & Herman have a similar arrangement to me & my husband. That means, I always get the window seat!

The best marriage settlement! 


Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
The all day deli you got served on the LCY-AMS seems like a good soultion for such a short hop, a little like the goodie bag on AB between BCN-PMI.

Goodie bag! OMG, how stupid could I have been for not liberating the bag!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
It brings back memories of my first E70 flights, on the way to and from Paris to travel on the A380. Pretty much every other seat taken, except for the aisle seats on the last row, me & Markus by the windows!

I remember that. It looks like every A.netter is entitled to a free last row on board of E-jets!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Suryo, you’ll have me crying in a minute!

Hannah, you should have seen me while writing these.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
What beautiful words.

Straight from the heart.


Amigo(a)s, you are just great! I am very grateful to meet all of you! Muchisimas gracias.

Un abrazo fuerte
,
Suryo
Friends forever
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:08 am

Hi Suryo,

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your journeys and holidays.

You help us go to places that we would not otherwise have a chance to go.

I look forward to reading more of your trip reports and viewing your stunning pictures.


Cheers

Saint1862
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:47 am

Wow! What an awesome trip report!

I've been to Granada and now it is clear I have to return to Spain and visit Sevilla and Cordoba!

Looks like BA treated you guys well.

I am glad you got to fly on the E-jet! It really is a very comfortable and civilized experience!

I would write a lot more but others have pointed out how awesome this trip report is....

Thank you for putting it together and sharing your trip with us!

I hope Ariel doesn't get bored hanging around the Netherlands.....
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:17 pm

Good evening Suryo ,

You have written a very nice Trip Report to remember . It has been very nice for me reading it . The pictures you and Herman have taken are very nice . LCY seems like a good Airport to visit , I should do it sometime soon . Keep up the good work , Suryo   !!!



All the best ,

Daniel ( LH4532 )
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:47 pm

Hi Suryo

Cool trip you wrote there. Those are some lovely pictures you took and you certainly visited some very spectacular places on your trip.

I am rather surprised though that BA operate to from LCY to AGP. Somehow I would have thought that would be outside the range of an Embraer operating out of LCY. Apart from that I would have thought that BA would have no real interest in 'wasting' a valuable slot at LCY for what is presumably a leisure heavy destination. In any case, the Embraer really is a great aircraft. Not only is it quite a stunner to look at, it's also rather comfy.

Looking forward to your next exploits Suryo!

Cheers,
William
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:13 pm

Hi Suryo,

Another masterpiece of yours - simply stunning as always. Those gorgeous photos from Andalucia were a nice amuse bouche, your history lesson of those sights a good appetizer, your BA Citiflyer flights a delicious main couse and finally the last part with its dedications and honorable mentions a very good ending to this feast - a sinfully sweet dessert!

Congratulations on finally scoring an E-jet or actually a pair of them, you certainly longed for one for quite a while didn't you?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Pet piglet

Oh dear, *now* I have seen just about everything!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“Your plane will be landed at 13.00. But we will board at 13.00 anyway,” Macarena said while returning our documents. “Enjoy your flight,”

That sounds weird to me, but yes, it indeed is possible with buses.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘… a bus gate? Yes!’

Hmm, this reminds me of a Blue1 flight I had into HEL some months ago. Among the passengers there was a large school group of teenagers, probably on one of their very first flight. Upon arriving at HEL we got an apron position which meant a bus ride. Most of the seasoned travelers including me were sighing at the prospect of a slow bus ride, but a bunch of teenage girls were really excited about it "Oh my, we are going to be driven in a *bus*, so very cool!". After they had passed I heard the purser saying to her colleague: "That must be the first time somebody is excited about deboarding by a bus!"  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread

Ahh, looks excellent. But then again coming from the people who invented the sandwich this is not exactly surprising.
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:54 pm

Hi Suryo,

Fantastic report once again! Thanks for sharing! Photos are wonderful.

I do thank you again for another history lesson in part! I can say that your photos have encouraged me to visit that area of Spain sometime!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Talking about legroom, my seat has been the best I ever experienced for the last row. Even Herman was impressed by his.

Well I suppose that's what I'm missing out on by not being able to get a flight out of LCY for my upcoming trip! I suppose I'll be happy enough with a BA A319.

Thanks for the short look around LCY - I'll make sure I visit it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
This might be not typical LGW view, but what do you think of this just after 900 meter spot of 1,508 meter runway?

The 787 visited AKL for the first time earlier this month and that only needed 1000m to rotate - that was impressive!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
‘I did not know LCY was that pedestrian friendly!’

Haha, I wish I could use that to take photos!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
thanks to the handy packing design!

I wonder what happens if you're using the coathanger for your coat..  


Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your next TR, whenever that may be!


Cheers,
Nicholas
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:37 pm

Hi Suryo,

Great report complete with superb photo's. I have to say that Andalucia looks amazing, hopefully I'll be able to visit that region someday. Also congrats on logging 2 E-Jets, unfortunately I've yet to log one of those birds yet.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Malaga Costa del Sol Airport

The new terminal looks fantastic, The Spanish seem to have a good job with the new terminals they've built recently (BCN T1, MAD T4 etc.).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
I was amazed by the roomy 2-2 seating arrangement.

That cabin looks pretty slick!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Mature cheddar cheese and sweet pickle on malted wheat bread

Look's delicious.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi
 
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:53 pm

Hi Suryo

My condolences for your grandmother passing away! May she rest in peace..
Thanks for giving us a tour of Andelucia, looks like you had a good time!
Flying back on the E190 seems to be nice, and being able to go trough LCY i.o LHR/LGW would not mind me at all!

Greetings
Marc
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
 
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:08 pm

Suryo,

What a nice read !!!

Good to see the differences between transitting LGW or LCY; guess, which airport would be my favorite ?

Nice to see the Andalucian pictures too: it certainly is a nice and interesting area of Spain...

BTW, why did you choose to fly from a Schengen destination to another one with a transit outside the Schengen area ? It could have avoided (long) lines at UK Immigration...is it because of Oneworld membership ? (God forbid, you could have flown IB instead  )

Thanks for sharing !!!

Gr.,

P.
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:53 pm

Querido Saint1862, Burj, Daniel, William, P., Nicholas, aflyingkiwi, Marc, P.,


You are just great. Thank you so much for your replies.


I have an embarassing confession to make.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
while in-flight cabin manager Sharon took charge of Club Europe.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
as Francisco had to assist Sharon at Club Europe
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Time for us to say goodbye to Fransisco and Sharon.

The in-flight cabin manager of our BA 8459 has been Alison. My apologies.


Saint1862, Burj, Nicholas, Marc, P.:

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 24):
Thank you for sharing the pictures of your journeys and holidays.
Quoting burj (Reply 25):
Thank you for putting it together and sharing your trip with us!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Fantastic report once again! Thanks for sharing! Photos are wonderful.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Thanks for sharing!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
Thanks for giving us a tour of Andelucia, looks like you had a good time!
Quoting MH017 (Reply 32):
Thanks for sharing !!!

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure.


Saint1862, Daniel, William, Nicholas:

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 24):
I look forward to reading more of your trip reports and viewing your stunning pictures.
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 26):
Keep up the good work , Suryo   !!!
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 27):
Looking forward to your next exploits Suryo!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Looking forward to your next TR, whenever that may be!

Thank you for encouraging. Our next trip will be in March.


Saint1862, Nicholas:

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 24):
You help us go to places that we would not otherwise have a chance to go.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
I do thank you again for another history lesson in part! I can say that your photos have encouraged me to visit that area of Spain sometime!

I feel honored. Thank you for your kind words.  



Burj, William, aflyingkiwi, P.:

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
Wow! What an awesome trip report!
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 27):
Cool trip you wrote there.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
Great report complete with superb photo's.
Quoting MH017 (Reply 32):
What a nice read !!!

Thank you.


Burj, William:

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
I am glad you got to fly on the E-jet! It really is a very comfortable and civilized experience!
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 27):
In any case, the Embraer really is a great aircraft. Not only is it quite a stunner to look at, it's also rather comfy.

I can only agree with you, amigos.


Burj, P.:

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
I would write a lot more but others have pointed out how awesome this trip report is....
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
Another masterpiece of yours - simply stunning as always.

You make me blush.   



P., aflyingkiwi:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
Ahh, looks excellent. But then again coming from the people who invented the sandwich this is not exactly surprising.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
Look's delicious.

The sandwich filling was just awesome.


Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
I've been to Granada and now it is clear I have to return to Spain and visit Sevilla and Cordoba!

Oh, have you not been there yet? I can only encourage you to return.

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
Looks like BA treated you guys well.

Louise and even Fransisco were wonderful.

Quoting burj (Reply 25):
I hope Ariel doesn't get bored hanging around the Netherlands.....

He will survive.   



Daniel:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 26):
You have written a very nice Trip Report to remember . It has been very nice for me reading it . The pictures you and Herman have taken are very nice .

You make both of us blush.   


Quoting LH4532 (Reply 26):
LCY seems like a good Airport to visit , I should do it sometime soon .

You will love LCY.


William:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 27):
Those are some lovely pictures you took and you certainly visited some very spectacular places on your trip.

Thank you and thanks to Herman’s valuable contribution as well.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 27):
I am rather surprised though that BA operate to from LCY to AGP. Somehow I would have thought that would be outside the range of an Embraer operating out of LCY. Apart from that I would have thought that BA would have no real interest in 'wasting' a valuable slot at LCY for what is presumably a leisure heavy destination.

Apparently LCY runway is sufficient for E-190 to fly as far as AGP and the traffic may justify the slot as well.


P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
Those gorgeous photos from Andalucia were a nice amuse bouche, your history lesson of those sights a good appetizer, your BA Citiflyer flights a delicious main couse and finally the last part with its dedications and honorable mentions a very good ending to this feast - a sinfully sweet dessert!

What a beautiful description. Thank you, P.!  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
Congratulations on finally scoring an E-jet or actually a pair of them, you certainly longed for one for quite a while didn't you?

Thank you and yes, I had been waiting for the moments since last year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
Oh dear, *now* I have seen just about everything!

  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
That sounds weird to me, but yes, it indeed is possible with buses.

I believe you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):
but a bunch of teenage girls were really excited about it "Oh my, we are going to be driven in a *bus*, so very cool!". After they had passed I heard the purser saying to her colleague: "That must be the first time somebody is excited about deboarding by a bus!"  

I would have been excited as well but for another reason. 



Nicholas:

Nice to hear from you again.  


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Well I suppose that's what I'm missing out on by not being able to get a flight out of LCY for my upcoming trip!

A good excuse to come back again to Europe.   


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
I suppose I'll be happy enough with a BA A319.

I am sure it will be fine. We had a great flight with BA A319 to PFO two years ago.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Thanks for the short look around LCY - I'll make sure I visit it!

You will love LCY.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
The 787 visited AKL for the first time earlier this month and that only needed 1000m to rotate - that was impressive!

Do you mean this?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Haha, I wish I could use that to take photos!

With you every other one of us.   


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
I wonder what happens if you're using the coathanger for your coat..   

Your coat gets removed to make place for the packing?


aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
I have to say that Andalucia looks amazing, hopefully I'll be able to visit that region someday
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
unfortunately I've yet to log one of those birds yet.

Before you know, it happens.  


Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
Also congrats on logging 2 E-Jets,

Thank you.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
The Spanish seem to have a good job with the new terminals they've built recently (BCN T1, MAD T4 etc.).

I can only agree with you. I have yet to visit MAD T4 though.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 30):
That cabin looks pretty slick!

  



Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
My condolences for your grandmother passing away! May she rest in peace..

Thank you. I really appreciate it.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
Flying back on the E190 seems to be nice, and being able to go trough LCY i.o LHR/LGW would not mind me at all!

You sum up exactly what I think.


P.:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 32):
guess, which airport would be my favorite ?

You with your difficult question. All right then, LCY!   


Quoting MH017 (Reply 32):
Nice to see the Andalucian pictures too: it certainly is a nice and interesting area of Spain...

Definitely. You have been there yourself to experience it.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 32):
BTW, why did you choose to fly from a Schengen destination to another one with a transit outside the Schengen area ? It could have avoided (long) lines at UK Immigration...is it because of Oneworld membership ? (God forbid, you could have flown IB instead  )

What do you think of E-jet and LCY?   




Amigos, thank you for dropping by.

Un abrazo fuerte,
Suryo

Friends forever
 
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:31 pm

Hola Suryo,

awesome report, very detailed and again very well written. Really enjoyed it. Nice how you pointed out all the historical details while talking with Ariel.

And some very nice words at the beginning, I am sure Ma Ingrid would have loved them.

Simply stunning pictures of Andalucia, this certainly is a special place. I definitely have to go there as well and take some time to discover it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Heineken for all I care. It will be yours anyway.

Thanks, I'll take the Guinness at any time   ...

Seems like you had another two enjoyable flights on BA, nice service on these flights. And an approach and landing at LCY is certainly a highlight on any flights.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Tail shot

Beautiful colors here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Amigo(a)s, if you ask me what the bright side of my life will be, it is the opportunity to discover the world and making friends with companion of Herman, my partner.

Again nice words, so true...

Muchas gracias   ...
CaptainRed
 
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:06 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
A good excuse to come back again to Europe.

Yes, that's correct - more chance to get more miles under my belt too!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
I am sure it will be fine. We had a great flight with BA A319 to PFO two years ago.

I'll let you know about it! I think I have 2 or 3 flights on the BA A319 so I'll get a good perspective.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):The 787 visited AKL for the first time earlier this month and that only needed 1000m to rotate - that was impressive!
Do you mean this?

Yes, i did. Here's a video of my perspective of it, taken by my friend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anz787900/6351548042/in/photostream


Cheers,
Nicholas
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:30 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I just have a lot of trips planned before that......

Nice to know you are back in business.



Thanks ! Yes, good to be doing a lot of travelling again!

Planned for now by October next year: Saskatoon, Singapore, Cartagena, Manila, Nice and Rome, Bangkok and Dhaka, Berlin, New Delhi and Cairo and Rio De Janiero. Of course subject to change.....

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Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:16 pm

Hello Suryo,
It has been a most beautiful read from start to end. I can only admire your great attention to detail, supplemented by magnificiently taken photographs that only do justice to the almost mystical architecture, which has really made this a most epic report! Thanks so much for this eye-opening glimpse into the beautiful Spanish architecture. I've never seen/read about them before and I felt that my horizons has been broadened so much just looking at the photos and reading your wonderful experience! Really beautiful indeed! I've never known Spain to hold so much architectural treasures!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
But do you know that you can do time traveling as well in open air in Córdoba or Corduba as the city was called after being founded by the Romans in 152 BC?

What an original and delightful way to bring us through your travel experience!

All your photographs were so stunning but I loved these exceptionally beautiful ones the most!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Façade of Palacio de Don Pedro
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
La Puerta del Puente
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The Mihrab
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Wooden dome symbolizing the universe
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla


I'd love to keep one myself! haha!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Pet piglet
It looks so adorable!


Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
With eighty six check-in counters, we needed FIDS to locate our counter.

Wow, 86 counters! I didn't expect Malaga to be such a large airport!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“Shall we go inside?” Herman suggested.
“Sure. I would love to do some spotting. We have plenty of time,”
“Well, I am thinking more of shopping,”
“As you wish,”

Glad to see that you had time to do both in the end!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘… a bus gate? Yes!’

I could sense your excitement already!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Tail shot

Wow, I love this very much. I'd always felt BA's livery is most excellent for tail shots and your photo only attests to my belief!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Sierra Nevada

What a gorgeous view!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Queen Elizabeth II bridge

Great to see London from the air!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Aft galley

Wow, this is an interesting shot. I've never seen the galley of an embraer jet!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Rubbish ready for collection from the coat hook

What an interesting concept! BA has some excellent ideas!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Tail shot

Talk about stunning! This is perfect for a BA's ad!

Dear friend, you have created a TR as epic as your travel through time. I'd very much enjoyed reading about your excellent travel experience and what a majestic journey it has been, from start to end. Thanks for the glimpse into the side of Spain I never knew and BA as well! As mentioned, I'd been very intrigued by BA and your stellar commentary has really satisfied my curiosity for now! Till I fly BA myself!
With your flair for writing and intricate details, and Herman's most excellent photography, the two of you make one superb travel writer!  

I just want to say that, I'm terribly sorry to hear about your godmother's passing. Life is ephemeral but I'm sure your godmother will be happy that you hold her tightly in your memory. It is most filial of you to dedicate your happy and beautiful travel memories to her.

Lastly,

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Odd enough, how hard I was trying, I could only recall, ‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’ and nothing else.

You're embracing a life according to her wisdom, in your travels, deep appreciation for culture and love for novel experiences, I'm sure she will be happy to know you've kept her words so close to your heart.

Thank you Suryo,
Gavin
They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
 
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Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:48 pm

Querido CaptainRed, Nicholas, Lars, Gavin,

How delightful to read your replies. Thank you so much for dropping by.


CaptainRed, Gavin:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
And some very nice words at the beginning, I am sure Ma Ingrid would have loved them.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Life is ephemeral but I'm sure your godmother will be happy that you hold her tightly in your memory. It is most filial of you to dedicate your happy and beautiful travel memories to her.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
You're embracing a life according to her wisdom, in your travels, deep appreciation for culture and love for novel experiences, I'm sure she will be happy to know you've kept her words so close to your heart.

You have brought tears in my eyes. Thank you for your supporting words. You are great, amigos.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
awesome report, very detailed and again very well written. Really enjoyed it. Nice how you pointed out all the historical details while talking with Ariel.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
What an original and delightful way to bring us through your travel experience!

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Simply stunning pictures of Andalucia, this certainly is a special place.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Thanks so much for this eye-opening glimpse into the beautiful Spanish architecture. I've never seen/read about them before and I felt that my horizons has been broadened so much just looking at the photos and reading your wonderful experience! Really beautiful indeed! I've never known Spain to hold so much architectural treasures!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
All your photographs were so stunning but I loved these exceptionally beautiful ones the most!

Thank you. The splendors have impressed us so much that we need to share them with you. Herman gets the credit for the pictures.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Beautiful colors here.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Wow, I love this very much. I'd always felt BA's livery is most excellent for tail shots and your photo only attests to my belief!

Thank you.


CaptainRed:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
I definitely have to go there as well and take some time to discover it.

I can only encourage you to do that. You will not regret.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Thanks, I'll take the Guinness at any time   ...

You are my man! 


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Seems like you had another two enjoyable flights on BA, nice service on these flights.

Louise and Fransisco were doing their best.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
And an approach and landing at LCY is certainly a highlight on any flights.

Definitely. First time and for sure not the last time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Again nice words, so true...

From the bottom of my heart.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Muchas gracias   ...
De nada. Ha sido un placer.  



Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 35):
Yes, that's correct - more chance to get more miles under my belt too!

That is the spirit!  


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 35):
I'll let you know about it! I think I have 2 or 3 flights on the BA A319 so I'll get a good perspective.

Looking forward to it!   


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 35):
Yes, i did. Here's a video of my perspective of it, taken by my friend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anz7879...tream

Even better!


Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 36):
Thanks ! Yes, good to be doing a lot of travelling again!

I can imagine that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 36):
Planned for now by October next year: Saskatoon, Singapore, Cartagena, Manila, Nice and Rome, Bangkok and Dhaka, Berlin, New Delhi and Cairo and Rio De Janiero. Of course subject to change.....

What a promising outlook. I hope you will manage to do them all.


Gavin:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
It has been a most beautiful read from start to end. I can only admire your great attention to detail, supplemented by magnificiently taken photographs that only do justice to the almost mystical architecture, which has really made this a most epic report!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Dear friend, you have created a TR as epic as your travel through time.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Talk about stunning! This is perfect for a BA's ad!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
I'd very much enjoyed reading about your excellent travel experience and what a majestic journey it has been, from start to end.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Thanks for the glimpse into the side of Spain I never knew and BA as well!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Thank you Suryo,

It has been our pleasure. Herman and I truly feel honored by these beautiful words of yours, amigo. Muchas gracias.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
I'd love to keep one myself! haha!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
It looks so adorable!

And so cuddly.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Wow, 86 counters! I didn't expect Malaga to be such a large airport!

Me neither. I think Malaga will be discovered soon by airlines like Emirates?

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Glad to see that you had time to do both in the end!

It is about take and give.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
I could sense your excitement already!

Especially after I found out that no one bothered my photography.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
What a gorgeous view!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Great to see London from the air!

I thought the very same way.  Wow!


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
Wow, this is an interesting shot. I've never seen the galley of an embraer jet!

It was my first time as well.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
What an interesting concept! BA has some excellent ideas!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
I'd been very intrigued by BA and your stellar commentary has really satisfied my curiosity for now! Till I fly BA myself!

I sense your great excitement about BA.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 37):
With your flair for writing and intricate details, and Herman's most excellent photography, the two of you make one superb travel writer!  

You make both of us blush.   



Amigos, thank you again for your encouraging words.

Un abrazo fuerte,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-11-29 10:52:27]

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Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:42 pm

Hi Suryo

I've now finished reading your report and the detail and quality of your pics is superb. I really enjoyed this instalment, made all the more special by seeing so many gorgeous BA Cityflyer EM190 pics and "my" BA 772 at the gate!

The destination pics were amazing too - I would love to visit some of these places you went to. Very inspiring indeed.

Great to see you had positive experiences on your E-jets, and enjoyed the level of comfort they provide. They are so much nicer than the AVROs that Cityflyer used to fly out of LCY.

I was intrigued to see the food pack you were given on the LCY-AMS route complete with disposable packaging. Qantas used to do this on domestic flights in Australia - although I can't recall whether they still are. I've not seen this on Cityflyer before. The curry flavoured snacks however, I have seen many times  

Finally, sorry to read about your godmother. I hope she is at peace.

Thanks for such a great report. Looking forward to the next one!

Cheers Palmjet
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Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:14 pm

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“...quitarme solo decir , te quiero mucho...”
“…just leave me saying, I love you so much…”

A nice opening statement to this trip report.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I never thought that this particular passage of Andalucía’s tourism videoclip befitted my feeling about my godmother, Ma Ingrid, who passed away last 31st October 2011.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Suryo, always look at the bright side of life,’

As well as a great tribute and dedication to your grandmother. May she always continue to inspire you!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Just a moment! Are we not going too fast?’ My conscience Ariel protested.

Ah Ariel, always looking forward to seeing this character in the reports lol. Is Ariel a spirited being like the Ariel in "The Tempest!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Imagine being together with your Jewish and Christian schoolmates watching ritual ablutions of Muslim schoolmates before prayer at Patio de los Naranjos.

If only everybody could live in such harmony these days!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Can we visit the Mezquita as well?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Of course. Let’s do that at 08.30 as the entrance is free and groups are not admitted until 10.00,’
‘That early?’
‘Yes. We will better see why the Mezquita’s architecture was revolutionary for its time,’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Inside stands the monumental tomb of Cristóbal Colón.
‘Cristóbal Colón?’
‘Yes. Does the name say anything to you?’
‘Well…’
‘What about Christopher Columbus?’

Is the latter conversation with Ariel or Herman lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Built by Martin Aldehuela at sixty six meter in diameter, it is the largest and, therefore, most dangerous bullring. Blood-spattered costumes worn by Pedro Romero and 1990s star Jesulín de Ubrique are displayed as confronting evidence at on-site Museo Taurino.

Bullfighting being as passionate as football in Brazil, I am sure this must be a very revered site, especially since it holds the blood spattered costumes by the matadors (toreros) mentioned above.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Five minutes later, Iberia customer service agent Macarena arrived.

Okay I know I'm being silly but I have to say this. Did you and Ariel feel tempted to do the "Macarena"

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“I wanna boom bang bang with your body-o
We're gonna rough it up before we take it slow
Girl let me rock you rock you like a rodeo
It's gonna be a bumpy ride…”

‘Mohombi’s Bumpy ride!’ Ariel broke the silence as we entered the shopping area. ‘What is the occasion? Hey, look there!’

Ah there was dancing inside once checked in lol.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
At 12.45, something sleek in distinguished livery touched down.
“Dear Heaven!” I gave a cry by this sight. Unintentionally loud that a father and his toddler who were enjoying the view just nearby, turned their face to me.
“Sorry,”

Cute!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
As the bus doors eventually slid open, I was in cloud nine, ‘I am about to lose my virginity to this beauty, familiar to Gabriel and Palmjet!’
Amigo(a)s, I made grateful use of being the last to leave the bus!

And such a beautiful aircraft to lose it to!! I always feel like I'm on a personal jet, well a large personal jet when on this aircraft. Such a difference from those Bombardier jets where you have to practically bend down when walking in the cabin to get to your seat. So glad Air Canada got these, even though the have the Bombardiers as well. (I'm not too much into details with the smaller jets so excuse me if AC got some other Embraer model other than this one.)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Tail shot

That tail shot deserves to be on the cover of a future British Airways High Life magazine...Gorgeous shot!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
I hardly believed that I was on board of E-jet even with full sight of our seats.

The moment of losing your .......... LOL

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
“Oh, it is a small plane!”
By this remark of a fellow passenger, how could I possibly deny?

Yes small, but like I said a large personal jet! And the seats are so comfortable too. Not a fan of small jets, but this one gets full marks.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
We did not have to wait long though as the GE-CF34 engines came to life at 13.30. Oh dear, somehow the GE engines were humming Pitbull’s sultry Calle Ocho.

“I know you want me
You know I want cha
I know you want me
You know I want cha…”

Safety demonstration was interesting. A pre-recorded tape was played while Sharon and Louise performed the manual demonstration. As usual, they advised us to consult the safety cards at any time.

Now just imagine Sharon and Louise gyrating to that beat on board that jet, while perfoming the manual demonstration lol....Almost like celebrating your loss of virginity to the Embraer and have a rave party on board lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
G-LCYM gradually accelerated without increasing sound level. Ariel tried to follow the sequence.
‘V one…. V… what?’

I guess Ariel does not need to say "Rotate" before taking to flight  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
“Pickle and cheese? Pickle and cheese?”
I liked how chirpy Louise promoted her sandwiches.

“Pickle and cheese, Sir?” She smiled by the time she reached our row.
How could I say no?

Sorry, but that would have made me barf if that was the only thing to eat on board the aircraft

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
After tea and coffee service some fifteen minutes later, Louise disappeared into Club Europe cabin, presumably to assist Sharon.

‘When the cat is away, the mice will play!’ Ariel whispered.
‘Behave, Ariel! How could you say that? But, thanks for pointing out the opportunity,’

Hilarious...Imagine you two playing Trolley Dollies LOL

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
‘Really? That soon?’ Ariel was surprised.
‘Apparently. Time flies when you are having fun,’

Interesting that I just commented on the same time in SloAir's Singapore to Munich business Class Report. Truly when you are having fun time does fly by!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
But hey, as long as it was not Heineken or any other Dutch brand, I did not care.

Heineken is very much a respected drink here, but then I guess being a Dutch brand it is not so exotic anymore in one's home country

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
To all of you for your replies, flightsimboy, .

Thank you, Suryo! You are indeed such a kind and thoughtful person.
 
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Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:09 pm

Hi Suryo! Another great report. I love all the pictures and details as I've come to expect from your reports. Thank you for the ZB picture   I bet you were one of the very few transfer passengers at LCY?

Sorry I hadn't gotten around to reading it sooner. Thanks for sharing!

Best regards,

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Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:37 pm

Hoi!

a lovely report Suryo, also sorry that I haven't replied earlier.

I find the pictures you've shown to us from Andalucia just great! Also for me an undiscovered area, as you know. I might bring a visit at some point too.
Good to see you flying on the BA E190's. Really nice, and I think not most standard on the LCY-AMS runs, since that is more E170 iirc. I am booked on a BA E190 in January too, and looking forward to it. Doing in CE though...  .

AGP looks like a nice airport too, and thanks for the A300 ZB picture. Tripreport to follow soon too!

Regards
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Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:30 pm

Hi Suryo,

For starters, amazing pictures from beginning to end. I really enjoyed your showing us around the local area. Favourite for me is the Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla. Really nice lighting and reflection in this shot.

Looks like you had a pleasant experience with BA. Good crews and food selection. Looks as though a G&T is the trip reporters drink of choice on BA. Nice and refreshing.

I am due to have my first LCY experience early next year when I fly up to the ARN meeting with palmjet. Thanks for showing us some pictures of what to expect.

Cheers, Lee.
 
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:38 pm

Querido Palmjet, flightsimboy, Martijn, Eric, Lee,


Thank you for your replies. I truly appreciate that you have taken your time to write them.


Palmjet, flightsimboy:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
Finally, sorry to read about your godmother. I hope she is at peace.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
As well as a great tribute and dedication to your grandmother. May she always continue to inspire you!!

Thank you. Your supports are everything I need.


Palmjet, Martijn, Eric, Lee:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
I've now finished reading your report and the detail and quality of your pics is superb.
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
The destination pics were amazing too - I would love to visit some of these places you went to. Very inspiring indeed.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 41):
Hi Suryo! Another great report. I love all the pictures and details as I've come to expect from your reports.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
a lovely report Suryo
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
I find the pictures you've shown to us from Andalucia just great!
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
For starters, amazing pictures from beginning to end.

Thank you for your kind words. Herman gets the credit for the destination pictures.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
Thanks for such a great report.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 41):
Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure.


Palmjet, Eric:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
I would love to visit some of these places you went to. Very inspiring indeed.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
Also for me an undiscovered area, as you know. I might bring a visit at some point too.

I can only recommend you to visit Andalucía.


Martijn, Eric:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 41):
Sorry I hadn't gotten around to reading it sooner.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
also sorry that I haven't replied earlier.

No worries.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 41):
Thank you for the ZB picture  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
and thanks for the A300 ZB picture

My pleasure.


Palmjet:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
I really enjoyed this instalment, made all the more special by seeing so many gorgeous BA Cityflyer EM190 pics and "my" BA 772 at the gate!

I am very happy to hear that.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
Great to see you had positive experiences on your E-jets, and enjoyed the level of comfort they provide.

Now I fully understand your affection of E-jets.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
They are so much nicer than the AVROs that Cityflyer used to fly out of LCY.

I never flew AVRO myself, but I believe you.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
I was intrigued to see the food pack you were given on the LCY-AMS route complete with disposable packaging. Qantas used to do this on domestic flights in Australia - although I can't recall whether they still are.

It will not surprise me if BA has adopted Qantas’s idea.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
The curry flavoured snacks however, I have seen many times  

Do you not just love the snacks?  


Quoting Palmjet (Reply 39):
Looking forward to the next one!

I am doing my best.   



flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
A nice opening statement to this trip report.

Thank you.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Ah Ariel, always looking forward to seeing this character in the reports lol. Is Ariel a spirited being like the Ariel in "The Tempest!!

  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
If only everybody could live in such harmony these days!

After Emperor Akbar of Fatehpur Sikri, I am once again amazed how well people got along despite the difference of religion in Córdoba.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Is the latter conversation with Ariel or Herman lol

Who do you think yourself it was?   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
I am sure this must be a very revered site, especially since it holds the blood spattered costumes by the matadors (toreros) mentioned above.

It was like visiting a temple. You are allowed to visit as long as you do not take any picture.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Okay I know I'm being silly but I have to say this. Did you and Ariel feel tempted to do the "Macarena"

Ariel did suggest, but it would be disrespectful to her.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Ah there was dancing inside once checked in lol.

Oh yes, I was tempted to join the party, but there were too many fragile things around.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Cute!!

 


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Now just imagine Sharon and Louise gyrating to that beat on board that jet, while perfoming the manual demonstration lol....

Do you mean like this?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
....Almost like celebrating your loss of virginity to the Embraer and have a rave party on board lol

To be honest, how much I love flying, I prefer having such celebration on the ground.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
I guess Ariel does not need to say "Rotate" before taking to flight  

The quick lift-off took him by surprise.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Sorry, but that would have made me barf if that was the only thing to eat on board the aircraft

There was no other choice unfortunately.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Hilarious...Imagine you two playing Trolley Dollies LOL

Haha, would you like to join us?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Interesting that I just commented on the same time in SloAir's Singapore to Munich business Class Report. Truly when you are having fun time does fly by!!

We have the same feeling.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Heineken is very much a respected drink here, but then I guess being a Dutch brand it is not so exotic anymore in one's home country

Hence, Canadian brand for me please.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Thank you, Suryo! You are indeed such a kind and thoughtful person.

I feel honored. Thank you.   



Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 41):
I bet you were one of the very few transfer passengers at LCY?

I think so. I did not notice any familiar face on LCY-AMS leg.



Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
Good to see you flying on the BA E190's. Really nice, and I think not most standard on the LCY-AMS runs, since that is more E170 iirc.

Thanks for pointing it out. If it was E170, I would not mind it at all.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
I am booked on a BA E190 in January too, and looking forward to it. Doing in CE though...   
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
Tripreport to follow soon too!

Looking forward to your reports.   


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 42):
AGP looks like a nice airport too

Thanks to the great design of Bruce Fairbanks.


Lee:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
I really enjoyed your showing us around the local area.

Thank you.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
Favourite for me is the Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla. Really nice lighting and reflection in this shot.

Thank you on behalf of Herman.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
Looks like you had a pleasant experience with BA. Good crews and food selection.

You sum it up nicely. Yes, BA was satisfying.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
Looks as though a G&T is the trip reporters drink of choice on BA. Nice and refreshing.

Inspired by Gabriel.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
I am due to have my first LCY experience early next year when I fly up to the ARN meeting with palmjet.

I am sure you will enjoy LCY with nice companion of Palmjet.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 43):
Thanks for showing us some pictures of what to expect.

You are welcome.


Amigos, thanks again for your encouraging words.

Un abrazo fuerte,
Suryo

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Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:35 am

Hello Suryo

Excellent return leg of your holidays, you've offered us a truly valuable commentated free tour while at home, thanks to the numerous high quality pictures

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla

absolutely beautiful

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Again, we chose the wrong lane

haha, Murphy's law?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
But it did not make any difference for some fellow passengers.

yup, plane will leave when everyboby will be inside! 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
make sure that everything is okay

A nice attention indeed, althought i thought she would restrict the camera use.


What an enjoyable read !thank you so much for providing a report with such details

EAS

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Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:41 am

Hello Suryo, finally got a chance to read your report, and it was a great one as usual! Lovely pics as well, really seems like your skills are improving with the new camera  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A glass of Rioja, a bread basket and a bowl of chorizo slices

Now that looks like a very rustic, simple, yet substantial meal. Sampling the local cuisine is a must when traveling, and sadly I've to admit that I'm not good at doing that. Oh well, hopefully my trip to China will break that pattern  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“You may come forward. But if Business Class passengers arrive, they will be attended,”

That's interesting, so the agent would just interrupt your check-in while in the middle of the process if a C or status pax shows up?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
My boarding pass. Note the missing gate number

Interesting, that big C can be mistaken for being the seating class and not the gate area.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
My G&T. Cheers, Gabriel, Jonas (LH4116)

No BA flight is complete without a G&T it seems 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
As Louise was about to distribute the landing cards,

What are those for? Surely they must not be needed since the flight is within the EU.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
But that was a good sign. London City Airport was indeed ahead!  

I have always found the thought of landing a plane in the middle of a metropolitan area to be quite puzzling. LCY sure is unique in its own way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
How could you deny being in a lounge once you looked at FIDS?

Well, isn't that common practice in the UK? I.e to call the holding pens for lounges. To me that's quite misleading, since it's not really a lounge "lounge", but more a lounge as in a room lounge. I.e a lounge without all the amenities, the boutique feel, the oasis. Yeah, you get the picture  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
My Stella Artois and Herman’s Amstel

Dedicated to our good beer loving friend Petteri P, I presume?  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas
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Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:55 am

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
What are those for? Surely they must not be needed since the flight is within the EU.

Jonas,

UK is not part of Schengen, and all passengers arriving who do not have an EU passport must fill out one of these and give it to the border control agent. Most common case on this flight would probably be American tourists visiting London on a European tour. Before she gained her citizenship, my wife had to fill one in every time she came "home" too. I hope this clarifies a little  

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Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:16 am

Querido EAS, Jonas, signol,


Thank you so much for dropping by. You really make me happy with your replies.


EAS:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
Excellent return leg of your holidays, you've offered us a truly valuable commentated free tour while at home, thanks to the numerous high quality pictures

Thank you for your kind words, also on behalf of Herman.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
absolutely beautiful

  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
haha, Murphy's law?

So it seemed.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
yup, plane will leave when everyboby will be inside!  

The scene is just amusing every time.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
A nice attention indeed, althought i thought she would restrict the camera use.

It did not cross my mind that Louise would restrict my camera use. Otherwise, she would have told me off at the very beginning like Sara when I met her on board of Vueling last year.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 45):
What an enjoyable read !thank you so much for providing a report with such details

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure to share it with you.


Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
Hello Suryo, finally got a chance to read your report, and it was a great one as usual!

Thank you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
Lovely pics as well, really seems like your skills are improving with the new camera   

Thank you, although Herman gets the credit for the non-aviation pictures.  


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
Now that looks like a very rustic, simple, yet substantial meal. Sampling the local cuisine is a must when traveling,

You get the idea. 


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
and sadly I've to admit that I'm not good at doing that. Oh well, hopefully my trip to China will break that pattern   

I am counting on you. Do not forget to take pictures of breakfast buffet as well.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
That's interesting, so the agent would just interrupt your check-in while in the middle of the process if a C or status pax shows up?

I do not think so. Macarena properly finished checking us in before calling forward the C pax.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
Interesting, that big C can be mistaken for being the seating class and not the gate area.

Now you say it, it could indeed be open to misinterpretation.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
No BA flight is complete without a G&T it seems 

Inspired by Gabriel and you!   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
I have always found the thought of landing a plane in the middle of a metropolitan area to be quite puzzling. LCY sure is unique in its own way.

You describe my feeling correctly.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
To me that's quite misleading, since it's not really a lounge "lounge", but more a lounge as in a room lounge. I.e a lounge without all the amenities, the boutique feel, the oasis. Yeah, you get the picture  

Understood.   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
Dedicated to our good beer loving friend Petteri P, I presume?   

Dedicated to P. and all other beer loving amigo(a)s.  



Signol:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 46):
What are those for? Surely they must not be needed since the flight is within the EU.
Quoting signol (Reply 47):
Jonas,

UK is not part of Schengen, and all passengers arriving who do not have an EU passport must fill out one of these and give it to the border control agent. Most common case on this flight would probably be American tourists visiting London on a European tour. Before she gained her citizenship, my wife had to fill one in every time she came "home" too. I hope this clarifies a little

Signol  

You are great, signol. Thank you for the clarification.   



Amigos, thanks again for encouraging.

Un abrazo fuerte,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-12-03 00:20:33]

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Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:50 pm

Hey Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rest in peace, my dearest godmother. This report is inspired by you and I wish to dedicate it to you and people who are no longer with us in this world.

A fitting tribute and typical of your kindness. What a nice thing to do .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
and Philip (OA260). 27th January 2008 and 8th December 2010?

Thanks   Your memory is so much better than my own !

Really enjoyed this report and fantastic photos as usual. I always know Im in for a treat when I see your name in a new TR post.

Thanks for the wonderful report.

Kind regards

Philip  

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