Fly like an Eagle

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My travel companion, getting coffee for us.

Every year, I go skiing with a group of friends. The group varies a bit in number and names but there is a hardcore group of six, five guys and a girl. This year there are seven of us; one of the guys brought his girlfriend along. Normally we all drive to whatever destination, but this year there were not enough cars. One of the buddies and I needed alternative transportation. After scrutinizing all of our options (train, car rental and so on) we decided on flying to the airport closest to our destination. Now that sounded like good news to me. If you know me, you know I love to travel and more so to fly. I know it is a cliché but I think the journey is at least half the fun. Although, when going skiing the destination is important too, at least the altitude is. This year’s location for our mischief is Oz en Oisans, near Alpe d’ Huez in France.

At first glance it scared the hell out of us, but it was Geneva that was delayed, not Grenoble

 

Anyway, I love to travel. I can’t get enough of the hustle and bustle at airports, lovers hugging and kissing, sharply dressed businessmen hurrying along. Despite it being great to fly, today’s security checks and number of people flying make it less attractive to do so. Unless of course, if can you travel the way we did. I booked a ticket online with Transavia.com from Rotterdam airport in the Netherlands to Grenoble, France. Besides the online booking, I also checked in online, the day before we flew. I printed our boarding passes at home and our friends were kind enough to take all of our luggage in the car with them.

Yippee, this is the line we didn't have to wait in.
That meant we didn’t have to drag a suitcase, while also trying to hold on to our ski boots and skis. We only carried a minimum of hand luggage. With our boarding passes in our pockets, we could head straight for the gate. To prevent any hold ups at the security check, I always wear tight fit pants that don’t need a belt and shoes with rubber souls. I used to wear leather souls but every time I did, the tiny nails made the metal detector light up like a Christmas tree.

 

We had a wonderful one and a half hour flight. The most fun I had was with take off. As soon as we left the tarmac, and during our steep climb through the clouds, we were treated to the best turbulence I have ever experienced.

We left from Rotterdam, a first for me but certainly not a last.
The plane shook like a roller coaster. Ever changing sideway manoeuvres and especially the up and down motions gave me butterflies in my stomach. I loved it! The seat or more so the position I was in, added to the feeling of a roller coaster. This being a very cheap flight meant I was forced to sit in an unbelievable cramped position. I didn’t have a ruler with me, but my best guess is there were no more then 25 centimetres between my seat and the one in front of me. Let me say it was a snugly and cosy fit, especially when I had two children on my lap. Around me, there was a family of nine, six adults and three little children. When I say little, I mean not one of them was over 18 months. Kids being kids, they didn’t want to remain seated with their parents, but instead wanted to sit on the lap of their aunty and uncle. The uncle had his table down and stuff on it, aunty already had a child, a handbag and book she was reading to the child on her lap.
Our plain being stocked and fueled
Well, you get the picture: two of these adorable little ones ended up on my lap, one on each knee. I have to say, they behaved like little angels. Didn’t cry during the flight, not even a little sob during take off or landing. Bless them!

 

Upon our arrival, we called our friends who already checked-in to the chalet, to pick us up. We got some jealous looks from other travellers who didn’t have this luxury. Rarely have I ever travelled this smooth. Down in the valley, we stopped by the supermarket for life’s necessities. After an hour or so, we headed in to the mountain with beer stacked to the ceiling of the car. The chalet turned out to be great and very roomy. It is a six-bedroom chalet with fully equipped kitchen. The view is spectacular, I am sorry if I bore you with yet more pictures of mountain ridges.

ilvagul says:
:D Just don't melt!
Posted on: Sep 02, 2010
Sweetski says:
BTW, with my name being 'Sweet', you bet your sweet little ass I looked like a sugar-butt, hehehe :D
Posted on: Sep 02, 2010
Sweetski says:
Hahaha, I do that too Ilva, here at Schiphol airport Amsterdam. Though, I find it hard sometimes not to go to a desk and ask when is the next plane leaving and please book me on it :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2010
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My travel companion, getting coffe…
My travel companion, getting coff…
At first glance it scared the hell…
At first glance it scared the hel…
Yippee, this is the line we didnt…
Yippee, this is the line we didn'…
We left from Rotterdam, a first fo…
We left from Rotterdam, a first f…
Our plain being stocked and fueled
Our plain being stocked and fueled
Upon arrival in Grenoble we were g…
Upon arrival in Grenoble we were …
Even the sky is blessing our trip
Even the sky is blessing our trip
Hills surrounding Grenoble airport
Hills surrounding Grenoble airport
Hahaha, that is precisely what we …
Hahaha, that is precisely what we…
Enjoying the first rays of sun
Enjoying the first rays of sun
You know youre in France!
You know you're in France!
Mountains looking out on Grenoble
Mountains looking out on Grenoble
What is that chop chop sound I hea…
What is that chop chop sound I he…
Goodbye Saigon comes to mind
'Goodbye Saigon' comes to mind
Impressive to see it so close
Impressive to see it so close
Our taxi :)
Our 'taxi' :)
Field and hills between Grenoble a…
Field and hills between Grenoble …
Field and distant mountains betwee…
Field and distant mountains betwe…
Dusk sets in
Dusk sets in
The supermarket where we got life…
The supermarket where we got life…
Evening sets in, in a gorgeous man…
Evening sets in, in a gorgeous ma…
When we arrived in Oz en Oisans, w…
When we arrived in Oz en Oisans, …
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