Map from The Great Circle Mapper
An early start getting a taxi to the
airport at 6am. After checking in with no problems I headed to the
lounge for a coffee to help me wake up, before boarding the first
flight of the day to Düsseldorf, flight LH4931. First flight was slightly late
leaving. Once en route we had breakfast of a plate of cold meat and
cheese, a warm roll with butter and a yoghurt, followed by chocolate.
When we arrived in Düsseldorf
we had an hours wait for the next flight so went to the lounge where
I curled up in a big comfy chairs and dozed.
Woke up feeling somewhat
refreshed and had a drink before going to catch the plane to
Frankfurt, flight LH807.
This being only a half an hour flight I
was expecting to get a drink and maybe a biscuit. Instead I got a ham
sandwich, slice of cheese, yoghurt and a decent sized bar of
chocolate - I had trouble eating it all before we landed at
Once at Frankfurt we had to go from
terminal A to terminal B. This involves going down some steps through
a long tunnel with strange changing light effects on the walls and
hippy music - I swear it was designed by someone on LSD. Then up some
stairs, I am sure there must be a better way to design an airport
than this. Then we had to go through the extra security checks to get
to the states. The women looked at my passport with some concern but
let me through. After a long drive round the airport we boarded the
flight to New York, flight LH406.
The business class cabin is very nice,
with reclining seats that are big enough to curl up and sleep in.
Each seat has its own screen for the on board entertainment system.
We were provided with a pillow, blanket, flight socks, headphones,
eye mask and toothbrush and toothpaste. The safety information comes
on a screen and video rather than a person demonstrating. We had a
glass of champagne before take off.
When it came to lunchtime we got a
proper linen tablecloth and napkins as well as proper cutlery. There
was a choice of dishes available. We had parma ham, salad and warm
bread rolls to start with followed by poached halibut with potatoes
and mushrooms in garlic butter. It was absolutely gorgeous, cooked to
perfection, much better than I was expecting from airline food even
in business class. This was followed by cheese and biscuits and then
the offer of coffee, brandy or baileys and chocolates, by which point
I was absolutely full.
After dinner my happiness was
complete when I found some cartoons on the entertainment system.
After watching cartoons for a while I dozed before waking up to fill
in US immigration forms. I then spent most of the time reading until
our next meal which was smaller but still very nice.
We landed in New York on time but
then had to queue for an hour and a half to get through immigration.
We were fingerprinted and photographed with no problems, the
Americans decided to let us in. We then quickly picked up our bags
and got through customs with no problems. Our limo driver was still
waiting for us so it was straight to the hotel. We booked into our
hotel - in the red room and our bags were taken to our room for us.
We have a massive king-size bed. There is an en suite bathroom and a
TV in the room , but only a view of a brick wall.
According to the information in the
room, The Time offers a multi sensory experience to awaken your
senses. The use of bold colours alerts your vision, jelly beans
tantalise your taste buds and there is also a jar of customised
fragrance. My only comment is that the jelly beans taste nice.
However, it is wonderfully air conditioned.
First impressions of New York are
that it is hot, smelly and noisy. After settling in and a shirt rest
we went for a walk round. Times Square seems like a vulgar and
tackier version of Leicester Square. I wasn't very impressed by 5th
Ave. Maximilian Strasse in Munich and Oxford Street in London are
both nicer. My hands were reacting badly in the heat and pollution,
getting very swollen and itchy so we went back to the air conditioned
hotel bar for a drink before bed. I tried an Amstel beer, which I
have had before in Amsterdam, but this was much weaker and tasted
awful so I switched to Coke. Went to bed about 10 O'clock (2am UK
time and I had been up since 5).
Still no news from the
Australian High Commission who refused to give me an authority to
travel permit on line.