A late flight to Paris via Dubai was the start after a final busy day at school getting everything done.
I arrived at the airport in plenty of time looking forward to relaxing at the gate wih my book...but alas this was not to be to beginning I had imagined!!
I arrived at the gate to a sea of teenagers..170 of them to be exact!
Perth Modern Yr 10,11and 12 music students plus teachers and chaperones heading to Europe for a 3 week tour. At first I thought I was being punished for taking an extra couple of days holiday...but other than them taking up lots of seats and space they were extremely well behaved and utterly delightful!
When I finally got on board I discovered that YES I did have an exit row seat...extra leg room for the 11 hour flight to Dubai. I scored again when the woman next to us, an employee of the airline got upgraded...(that would have been better!!) but on the bright side I had a spare seat next to me the whole way and managed 2 movies and 5 hours sleep! That's about as good as it can get without a business class seat!
The plane even arrived an hour early as we didn't have to endlessly circle waiting to land and 1 hour less on a plane is a good thing. I then stretched my legs wandering around the huge airport perusing all the goodies on offer.
Now another 7 hours to Paris and hopefully another exit row if all goes to plan!!
Dubai to Paris
Another exit row was mine for the final leg to Paris...however it was also occupied by a family with a very tired toddler!
I felt for the parents after a couple of hours chasing him around the plane and trying to gauge what the cry was for ... food...water...sleep???
They looked exhausted by the time we arrived and a few passengers looked very unhappy with them. BUT as any of you know who have travelled with little ones it is a daunting experience for everyone!!!
I arrived relatively unscathed but a little weary, found my bags, called my shuttle and headed to the Marais...