Hello everyone I'm back with part two of my summer trip to Europe. These flights occurred back in June and I posted the first trip report a while ago, but I've been so busy with school that I'm just finally getting around to writing it now! I guess having a pre-med biology major will do that to you.
To give you a little background info on the trip, the main reason we were going to Poland was because one of my cousins was getting married, but the last time we were there was four years ago so it was a good time to go back and visit anyways. Another one of my cousins also lives in Switzerland, so before going to Poland we went and visited her first. The routing for the whole trip ended up being ORD
, and LO
. For those of you who haven't read the first part, here's the link to it:
Euro Trip Part 1: UA/AC ORD-YYZ-ZRH (pics) (by mke717spotter Aug 21 2013 in Trip Reports)
So at the end of the last trip report we had just arrived in Switzerland. As mentioned above we were staying with my cousin and her husband, and they lived about 30 minutes from ZRH
. The day after we arrived we left their place for two days and drove south towards "Swiss" Italy. There was lots of cool scenery as we got further south.
We stayed in Lugano, and I got the impression that this is a popular spot for people to get away to during the weekend. It really surprised me how different this area was compared to where my cousin lives. It was still Switzerland, but due to the different culture, language, and geography it felt like we were in a different country! We got to go see the Contra Dam which is where the opening scene from Goldeneye was filmed - one of my favorite movies BTW.
As we were driving through the hilly terrain we passed this river where a lot of tourists we swimming/hanging out. The water was crystal clear, but really cold.
Here's the boardwalk area next to our hotel that had plenty of shops/restaurants.
At night we went out to eat at one of the pizzeria's and the food they had there was amazing. The beer was pretty good too.
The next day we went to this museum/exhibit called Swissminiatur. It’s pretty much a miniature model setup of everything that has to do with Switzerland. They even had a model of ZRH
There were some monster carp in the lagoon there too! I feel like these fish must be accustomed to being fed by people because whenever someone would walk up next to the edge of the water they would immediately start swarming.
And then here's the hotel we stayed at.
After our two day stay in Lugano we headed back to my cousin's place. Before leaving for Poland we drove to go see the Rhine Falls which is one of the largest waterfalls in Europe.
My cousin's house was literally within walking distance of the German border. I go to school in Arizona and the whole immigration thing is a pretty big deal down there, so it was a little weird seeing people freely drive across the border here without any sort of check.
With that our six day stay in Switzerland was up and it was time to go to Poland. Now on to the flights...(July 12)
Our flight to DUS
was at 10 AM
so we had to get up pretty early to make the drive over to ZRH
. My cousin's husband was the one who drove us, so we all had to squeeze into his small car for the 30 minute drive.
Once we got inside the airport it took us a few minutes to figure out that we could just check-in by using LX
's kiosks. After that was taken care of we said our goodbyes, although my cousin and her husband were also coming over in a few days for the wedding so we'd be seeing them again soon. The security check was quick and when we got down to the gate our flight hadn't arrived yet. Since we had a decent amount of spare time I decided to walk around and explore ZRH
a bit. Here's looking across to the midfield terminal where all the flights from outside of the Schengen Area arrive to.
I decided to walk over to the B gates but since there wasn't much goin on over there I headed back. I thought that the terminal at ZRH
was really new, nice, and modern looking, but with all the stores it seemed more like a shopping mall than an airport terminal!
Eventually the A320 for our flight arrived. Here it is parked at the gate with the other LH
A321 pushing back for its flight to FRA
There was still some time to go before boarding so I walked around and snapped a few more pics.
heavy about to touchdown.
Lineup of LX
Airbus and from left to right these flights were going to CDG
, and ATH
When I finally got back to our gate they had already started boarding. LH
must have a pretty decent sized operation at ZRH
because while we were walking down the jetway I saw two more flights arrive. After pushing back we taxied out to runway 28 and ended up being number two for takeoff.
During the climb out we circled back around and made a direct pass over ZRH
Not long after takeoff the flight attendants started coming through the aisle with the snack/drink service. Along with the chocolate cookie that they gave out I got orange juice and coffee.
Other than that the flight was full, and there was absolutely no turbulence to speak of. It was a pretty short flight and pretty soon we started our descent into DUS
where it was a little hazy.
It was a smooth landing, and then we taxied to the gate.
Here's the A320 that brought us from ZRH
I would've said that this was my first time being in Germany, but back near my cousin's place I had walked across that bridge and then when we drove to see the Rhine Falls we ended up driving through Germany for a bit. We had a little bit less than an hour layover at DUS
so we headed straight over to the ground-level boarding gates. I decided not to venture off to far since I figured they could start putting us on the buses at any moment. This A340 was visible though.
We then got bussed out to our CR9 which was on the remote parking next to several company aircraft. The only thing I don't like about taking a bus over to our plane on the tarmac is that you get dropped off right in front of the airstairs and its often too close to get a good picture of the entire plane. This was a Eurowings flights, and even though it didn't have to LH
logo on the tail I'm guessing they're still a part of them. Once we took off things smoothened out after we got above the clouds.
Here's a cabin shot showing the rather empty load on this flight.
Then right as I was getting ready to take an in-flight pic, a LH
747 passed over right above us! Luckily I had my camera ready or else there's no way I would've gotten it out in time.
I had flown on the CR9 multiple times before, though all those flights were on the short hop from TUS
on US. I'm the kind of person who avoids fifty-seaters at all costs, but the CR7/9 are manageable and actually kind of fun to fly on. Eventually the flight attendant came by with the in-flight service and I got some coke, water, and then the snack was some salmon with potato salad and crackers. Definitely not used to getting that kind of food on a plane - FOR
Just like the first flight this one was pretty quick and soon we starting our descent into POZ
. The weather there was pretty dreary, and even though the captain had announced it would be bumpy it ended up being not too bad. While on final approach we passed right over the old part of town and in the picture below you can see the Stadium of Lech Poznan, one of the top teams in the Polish Ekstraklasa. The stadium also hosted three matches during Euro 2012.
It was a smooth landed and we used almost the whole runway during the rollout.
We parked in front of the terminal and then headed out through the rain and then into the bus. This is the best shot that I could get of our plane as we drove away towards the baggage claim.
The last time I was at POZ
was over ten years ago, so obviously there have been a lot of improvements since then. A brand new terminal was constructed ahead of Euro 2012 and taxiways were built out to both ends of the runway. There was also an SK
flight from CPH
that had arrived right before us, but our luggage still came out after only a few minutes of waiting.
When we walked outside into the terminal my uncle and cousins were there waiting for us. We got in the car and headed out to their house.
This is my 28th trip report and I hope you enjoyed reading it! As I mentioned at the beginning of the report, this is the second of three parts so stayed tuned for the last part of the trip. I'll include some pictures from Poland in the next report. It was a great experience being able to visit Switzerland and hopefully I'll be able to go back at some point. Whereas some spots in Poland are old, run-down, and graffiti-ridden, just about everywhere in Switzerland it was new and clean looking. As for my flights on LH
, it was my first time flying them I'm satisfied with both of the short hops. It amazes that they can give out salmon with potato salad for free on a fifty minute flight when all the airlines back in the US are cutting every possible corner. Thanks again for reading!!!
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