Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2nd Trip back to the E.U. in 2017

JUNE 2017: from the shores of the Med to the Arctic

This is the 4th overseas journey for the year! This is also the right period to enjoy fine weather and not so crowded places. The beauty of retirement!
JUNE 6 - Now at Suvarnabhumi Airport [BKK] ready for the non-stop THAI Airways flight to Rome-Fiumicino [FCO]. Once again, I will travel on the brand new A350-900, a new generation of composite aircraft. Luckily, I was able to get the front row window in the economy cabin [31K]. More space for legs and no one sitting in front!
As I came early, I used one of the paying lounges ('Miracle Lounge'). I can have dinner and relax there before boarding just after midnight.
06/07 - Flights back to France.
- Night aboard the aircraft serving two real good meals: dinner (with chicken masama as the main course) soon after take-off and a hearty breakfast before landing. Smooth & comfortable flight of 10h50. I was able to sleep most of the time during the flight.
TG route from BKK to FCO.
- Morning at ROME Airport - A very pleasant temperature at Fiumicino: partly sunny with 22ºC. I have time to kill before checking in for the next sector to Marseilles [MRS].
Ciao! At Fiumicino Airport.
- After checking-in at the Vueling [VL] counter, I spend part of the time at the Avia Lounge of Terminal 1.
- The VL aircraft, an A320, leaves Fiumicino on time. From my seat (5A) I have a good view of the northern coast of Corsica: Bastia & then Cap Corse. It takes exactly 1h to reach Marseille-Provence Airport [MRS].
VL route from FCO to MRS
Flying above Bastia, Corsica
Cap Corse
Above Toulon, France
- Coffee with my sister before driving home to Arles.
- Evening with family.
08-10/06 - ARLES, Provence.
11/06 - Pays d'AIX: Le Tholonet, route Cézanne, montagne de la Sainte-Victoire, Lac de Bimont, Vauvenargues (château Picasso), AIX-EN-PROVENCE.
Lac de Bimont, Aix-en-Provence
12/06 - AVIGNON-TGV to pick up friend from Paris
13/06 - Fontvieille: château d'Estoublon, Les Baux-de-Provence: Carrières de Lumières (Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo)
14/06 - ARLES: Musée Bleu & archaeological zone of La Verrerie in Trinquetaille.
            Dinner with Mum & Marylise at Mazet-des-Roches, near St.-Gabriel.
15/06 - Tarascon & AVIGNON-TGV.
16/06 - Last day in ARLES.
            Departure to Nice, French Riviera.
17/06 - NICE: staying at my elder nephew; lunch with my aunt & Mum at Les Jardins du Capitole on La Promenade des Anglais.
- Afternoon in the Vieux Nice.
18/06 - NICE: family stroll at Parc Phoenix.
            Check-in at IBIS-Budget in front of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Terminal1.
19/06 - Flights from NICE [NCE] to NARVIK [EVE] via OSLO [OSL]
DY flight from NCE to OSL
*Morning flight from Nice to Oslo aboard a B737-800 of NORWEGIAN. Flying time 2h30, seat 7F with a spectacular view over the Baie des Anges and the Alpine mountain range.
*Connection for a few hours at the newly refurbished Oslo Airport.
DY flight from OSL to EVE.
*Late afternoon flight from Oslo to Narvik/Harstad [EVE] aboard a B737-800 of NORWEGIAN. Flying time 1h25, seat 4F. Fabulous landing in a countryside made of snow-capped mountains, fjords, forests and green pastures. Temperature 10ºC upon arrival at the airport.
*Bus ride to Narvik: about 1h with a beautiful scenery.
*Checking-in at Enter Hotell, Narvik around 9:00PM.
20-29/06 - TRIP across NORWAY from NARVIK to OSLO including the Lofoten Islands, Bodø, Ornes, Sandnessjøen, and Trondheim.

--> See the link (in French) here: Journal de Norvège
TG flight back from OSL to BKK