It was going to be a LONG day. The problem with not booking your own flights is that the person who IS booking often cares more about price than schedule/convenience. I wasn't that amused to have a 6 am flight out of Denver, only to have a connection in Cincinnati - for FIVE hours, plus ANOTHER connection later in Paris before arriving in Athens, Greece.
So the plan was to meet Nicole at the airport around 4:00 am. Meaning... I of course had to get up earlier than that. Blah. I was up at 2:55 am, which gave me time to double check my bags, get ready, wake up J, and drive to the airport. What they DON'T tell you is that Delta doesn't turn on their check-in computers until 4:15. So even though I was there on time, I had to stand around and wait fifteen minutes just to check in. Gave me a chance to chat with Nicole and her dad a bit. Finally, we got our boarding passes, checked our bags, and we were on our way.
Flight left on time, around a two hour flight to Cincinnati.
|sunrise from the plane|
|At least they had a Starbucks!|
|Lunch - Grilled chicken salad|
|My travel outfit :D|
|Dinner - Chicken, rice, salad, etc|
|Outside Charles de Gaulle airport|
|Welcome to Paris|
|French Pepsi Max - cost me 3 Euro!!|
The airport in Paris is under construction and we had to walk for a good 15-20 minutes to check in for our flight. Only to discover there was a strike and our flight was cancelled. Oh. Great. So, our two-ish hour layover turned into an almost SIX hour layover. Combine that with NO food on that side of security and I wasn't very amused. The interesting thing was that they combined two flights and we got a chance to visit with other people at the gate. I bet at least half the people on our flight were doing the marathon.
The flight to Athens was PACKED. I got stuck in a middle seat toward the back. Between a heavy guy who had terrible BO and a smaller, older man who had no concept of personal space.
|Lunch - that colorful stuff on the right was sort of like coleslaw? Only gross and with pickles.|
|After more than 24 hours of travel - FINALLY!!|
|My home for the next five days|
|Delivery from room service - perfect timing, I was STARVING|
|View from the balcony of my room|
|Awesome team track suit!|
|Me and Laurie|