Friday, June 17

A great adventure is waiting for you ahead...

Welcome to the beginning of the story.  As I write this it's Monday morning and I finally have a little time to reflect on what we've experienced over the last 3 days.  So far, it's been great!  Unlike the other trips I've described to Australia and New Zealand, I don't think a first-timer to India should be left alone to find things out on their own.  At least, not unless they have an enormous capacity for putting themselves in compromising situations and enjoy figuring out how to get themselves out.  It's much better to have local contacts, guides, "handlers" as it were, to guide you through the miasma of people, languages, smells, traffic and who knows what else.  It also makes you feel like local royalty.

So let's get started.

We leave the comforts of Mother HiG in a stylin' ride - this is what the company means by "Luxury Sedan".  A private driver to take us to JFK.  We leave around 4:30 for a 9:30 flight, figuring the drive will take 2.5 hours.  It took 3 due to Friday evening traffic, no issue.
Departing mother HIG

Waiting at the gate I snap a quick pick of the Boeing 747 to take us "across the pond" to Frankfurt, Deutschland.
747 the only way to fly

Having previously taken long trips in coach, business class is a welcome upgrade.  There's room!
Alex on the 747 - Business Class Baby!

Yeah, we're both digging it.
Lovin' Life on board

I never had the opportunity to get shots of the inflight mapping system that shows your distance to travel, time remaining, and local time at destination, as well as the live location maps.  So here's a few shots of what it looks like on Lufthansa.  At this point we were about 1/2 hour from landing.A path, a path!  More detail  Yet more detail 
Map 1  Better to fly than walk

The flight was great, the food was great - we had champagne prior to takeoff, a few glasses of Reisling in flight, followed up by some Baileys.  Alex slept nicely for about 2.5 hours after all that...

We landed about 10:15 AM Frankfurt time on Saturday.

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