Monday, January 30, 2012

Our trip home to Cape Town: Part 1

One thing about me that not many people know is that I love taking pictures on airplanes of the panoramic views. I decided that I would share some of my most recent one with you, of the flights home to Cape Town, leaving  from Denver, with layovers in New York City and Dubai. 

Farmland somewhere over Colorado.

We arrived at Denver’s Airport (DEN) and it took a while to be fully checked in because our domestic flights were not attached to our international flights. The desk person had to verify that our visas were valid because she said the airline could be fined up to 10,000 dollars for not verifying. She also had to make sure that we could have two checked luggage pieces each, without paying, which of course we did because we were flying internationally.

Wispy Clouds.

In NYC, at JFK, we had to check in with Emirates, which took a long time because they only had two people working it.  Our seats weren’t together, so they reassigned them for us.  In the end, we still had enough time to eat one last American meal.


We unfortunately had to go through security at a place that only had six gates, and not many shops/restaurants; so we were very limited in what food choices we could eat. The restaurant was fairly expensive, so we shared a beer, the hubby had some chicken wings, and I had some Blue Cheese and bacon (streaky bacon to people in SA) covered potato chips. Not the best meal to end our time, but good enough.

Lovely Light as we fly into NYC. Can you count how many ships are in the picture?

I popped some DayQuil pills because I had gotten sick two days before, and was till sneezing and coughing often. We tried to use our phones and 3G internet as much as we could before we flew out.
Once we boarded the plane, we realized that we had been seated in an emergency row, with only our two seats, then the aisle (instead of the normal three). We felt pretty lucky because we could stretch our legs out and stand easily. We sat across from two flight attendants during takeoff and landing and got to talk to them for a little bit.

Our leg space on the flight from NYC to Dubai.

Next, I’ll post about the Dubai airport and our last flight to Cape Town.

Song of the Post:  American Pie by Don MacLean. Just feeling a little sentimental...


Sami said...

I love photos from the air as well, they are just so special. I love the song American Pie, I think it´s one of the best ever songs!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Great shots of a great view.

amy b.s. said...

wow. hope you had an amazing trip! and american pie is my all time favorite song!

Hot Pink Combat Boots said...

Lots of leg room - you're lucky.

Chicken wings? Poor girl - hardly counts as a mirror. Why is it airports seem justified in charging so much for basics? Isn't water $4 or something ridiculous like that?

Travel safe!

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

Exit row seats are great. I love that first shot, absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see more pictures of the trip!