|Denise and David in Europe
September 12, 13
Melbourne to Dublin
updated 15 September 2016
Monday 12 September - Home to Airport, Melbourne to Singapore
2:10 am Monday morning... phone
goes Beep Beep.... your plane from Melbourne has
been delayed by over 6 hours. Ahhhhhhhh!
Connections in chaos, loss of half a day in Dublin!
But within the next 12 hours, all
settled down and we departed for the airport via
chauffeur driven limousine at 8:30pm.
Airport was essentially empty so
we zipped through check in, security and
immigration. Not seeing much to do, we entered
the Emirates Lounge and had dinner!
Flight to Singapore fairly
uneventful. But here we were on the plane at
last! Already after midnight - and we were
supposed to have originally left at 6pm. Never
David look pretty happy here as he explores his little business class compartment
and what about Denise? Pretty happy with the situation also. Privacy, space and a flat bed as well to enjoy later.
Tuesday 13 September - Singapore to Dubai, Dubai to Dublin
No time to hit lounges at
Singapore. Since the plane was running late,
it was straight back to the departure lounge.
Denise captured a smoggy pic of
Singapore on the way out. A view not always seen on
The flight to Dubai seemed
long. David managed to watch a complete series
of some new TV show he obviously got a great deal of
Soon, Dubai was on the horizon
Once we reached Dubai we knew we had a four and a half hour wait due to the 6 hour delay earlier and a subsequent later flight to Dublin. It was a godsend that we had the Emirates Business Class lounge to enjoy. We both even had a shower.
Den shared her experience of the airport. She last came here on her CHIME Choir trip to the UK a few years back. It was horrendously busy compared to this time which sees the airport lounges in this area fairly empty. No big deal - just more shops.
Off on the last leg or our journey to Dublin. We were both disappointed with the smaller Emirates plane configuration to Dublin. Business class seats were next to each other and narrow. On the last flight they took up the space of almost three seats with and were located behind each other. Even thought the flat bed still made a difference there was not enough room to swing a cat. The tray table was the most awkward bit. Oh yes ... and no private compartment mini bar on this one. Well it was not actually a mini bar (no alcoholic drinks of note in them, only juices and water)
Are we there yet are we there yet? The last leg is always the longest.
(Below) Its Mars! No .... its really on route across Iran and Turkey
(Below - First views of the UK) Not stopping here ..... Dublin not too far now.
Again, we were first off the plane
and straight through immigration in less than a
minute. Pity the bags took another 30