What do you do when you miss a flight?

When you start travelling quite a lot, you also start to experience some unexpected circumstances. The worst of all in my opinion are: 1. lost luggage (Please see my post about New York) and 2. missing flight. 

Yes, as you have already guessed, we experienced them both. I missed flight twice. One was in Moscow, but it was a business trip, so not in the context of this blog, but the second one was this year on our trip to Warsaw, in our travel with our son.

A family travel is so much different from a business trip. First of all, you pay it all yourself. That’s why, you try to get most out of it, with minimum hours, minimum days, maximum points of interest to see. That’s why when I plan all our activities, minutes by minutes, hours and hours and than miss a flight or any other kind of delay, I really really get upset. And when this happening is beyond my will and ability, that’s even worse.

Our journey started very normal. Our flight was Lufthansa, with a connection flight in Munich, with a good 1,5 hours in between. However, when we got to the Munich airport, and headed for our next flight gate, we found out a huge crowd of people in long queues. At first we did not panic about it, as we still had another hour for our flight, but as time went by and there was hardly any move in our queue, we asked politely to people in our front, to allow us to the front. When we came at the very front, we understood why it took the queues so long to walk. Here I want to ask, if anyone has any idea about why on earth this “liquid limitations” are different in every single airport in the world. As I have previously told about it, since we lost our luggage in a New York flight, we try to travel with one carry-on luggage each, especially if there is a connection flight in our travel.  And in my luggage there is a slightly blue bag for toiletries, which can be sealed and everything inside can be seen. In about 25 countries I have been so far, I have carried it in my carry-on luggage without any problem (Including in our previous Germany flights) However, one despot German guard thinks that this is beyond the “liquid limitations” and decides that, all our luggage should be opened and checked because of that. Moreover, this despot German guard wants to do it while your name is already announced twice. More moreover, this despot German guard does this in the slowest motion a human can do. Well, we just said, “take whatever you like and leave us” and ran to the gate, which we found out that it was in the furthest point possible at the airport. Is Murphy in love with us?

Well, you know how the story ended. When we got to the gate, the gate was already closed. After laying on the chairs for some time for our heart rate to get to normal rates, we went to the Lufthansa desk to ask for a new flight to Warsaw. Luckily, there was a flight about 4 hours later and we were not charged extra for the next flight, as the airport was overcrowded than expected, because of a bank holiday in Germany.

When you start travelling quite a lot you learn to be happy with small things and be flexible. Thanks God, there was another flight the same day. Thanks God, Munich is a nice airport to look around. Thanks God, my L’ocitane staff were in their original pack, so that the despot German guard did not take them. So here what we did afterwards.

Try the things we buy

Try the things we buy

We did some unnecessary shopping and bought things that when we got back home, we never know, where they are and we never remembered to take them with us in our next travel.

Football cards

Football cards

Our son bought the football cards that were triple of the price compared to our country. He even does not fancy football. Total waste of money.

Looking at the books

Looking at the books

With our son we found an interesting book of Kunst Aufraumen, by Ursus Wehrli. We did not buy this one, as we had loads of time to look at it all in the shop. Some pics from inside:

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

More about the Warsaw trip will be coming soon.

 

 

 

Great Cruise tour-day-7

Good morning Kiel

Good morning Kiel

The 7th day of our Great Cruise tour again started with a lovely welcome view of a bay, and the lighthouse of Kiel. On the other hand I would very much like to stay in Norway one more day, instead of coming to Germany. However, being in business life for nearly 20 years, I know by now that a profit and loss-concern-cruise needs to go where the customers are.  Except the Copenhagen port, where we got on the cruise, all the ports in Norway were so tiny that almost nobody were a new-joiner to the cruise. However, getting close to Kiel port, reminded everyone that we came all the way down to Germany for the new loads of customers.

Today we booked the “Castles, lakes and roses” tour, which we all enjoyed to some extent. After the day routine of going to theater, waiting for the late comers, taking our numbers-of-the-day and heading to our bus, the first stop was a castle in Ploen, which is still used as a school.

Walking to the castle

Walking to the castle

After a walk by the castle and listening the story we walked down a tiny village, to enjoy a cafe in the center. With the start of the rain, we all ran to our buses for our next stop: Malente, where we got on a tour-boat to sail on 5 lakes joined to each other.

The 5 lakes tour

The 5 lakes tour

A boat stop, for a little hotel

A boat stop, for a little hotel

Lakes were so calm and peaceful

Lakes were so calm and peaceful

The lakes were so calm and peaceful that you wanted to stay there and be away of the fully crowded cruise.

After the lakes we stopped at a small glass making factory, where buses of tourists sat and watched a man doing tiny animals with glass. We felt that it was a very very touristic attraction, where for only 10 minutes of watching glass making, it took us 15 minutes to park the bus, and half an hour for all the people to buy something from the glass shop. With the insists of my son, we (actually he bought with his own money) a small horse for 5 Euros, which was already broken when we reached back to our cruise.

Glass making

Glass making

 

The lunch afterwards was not so fancy at all, not interesting and not enough.

Our next stop was Eutin, the land of roses. Unfortunately, it was not the perfect time to come, as the roses were not blooming, at this time of the year, but the town itself was so cute, with a nice castle and a church, and some nice shops and cafes for “people watch”.

The castle in Eutin

The castle in Eutin

My mom loved the tree by the church

My mom loved the tree by the church

I think today’s trip could have been better. We went to some castles, but we did not see the inside of any of them. We went to the town of roses, but we did not see blooming roses. The food in the restaurant was below average, the glass factory was far below average.

After this long and tiring tour we wanted to sleep a couple of hours, before dinner, however at about 5 p.m, the rescue instruction announcement for the new comers started, in all rooms and in all common areas, in all languages you can imagine. So loud, so long and so boring.

Our last evening in the cruise again ended in the very same restaurant, and the very same table, where we got used to being in the far end corner of the restaurant. Today’s specialty was the celebration of our wedding anniversary, for which, once more we received a cake from the Endonesian staff with clab of hands. Tired of waking up early everyday for one week and running trough different places all day long, for the last time, we headed to our rooms.

Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwantein

In many of our travels to Europe, palaces have always been a “must go” for me. Since it always me who plans the travel, actually it is always my choice to go, not the “boys”. Neuschwanstein in Schwangau, Germany for instance was one of the best I can say.

We have been to Schwangau for one day, with our rental BMW from Munich. On an exceptionally hot June day, first we tried to find out the ticketing system, which is a bit of hectic. The tickets of Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwantein are sold in the center of village from a joint sales shop. So do not go directly to the palace uphill- like we did- and  return back down. And the tickets have some reservation numbers on them, which limits the time you have to be on the door of the palace. So you have to plan, your arrival, lunch time, visiting two palaces, leaving enough time between them, and do not forget considering how children gets tired so quickly.

Anyway, is it worth it? Yes I can definitely say that. Maybe because we, the girls, grew up with some Cindrella tales, I liked it more than the “boys” did.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein

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Add a stopover to the village of Oberambargau to have an early evening beer. The houses and the shops are worth to see

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On the way to Schwangau

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Schloss Hohenschwangau

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View from Neuschwanstein

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Trying to climb uphill

     I hope I have written all “Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwantein” ‘s correctly. Why is German so hard to write?

 

Legoland Gunzburg

Since our son was 8, we plan our summer travels with a one-day-theme-park programme included to our plans. And since he is a Lego-lover our first visit to a theme park was to Legoland in Gunzburg, Germany. In our country we do not have any theme parks, so a theme park day is exciting and equally tireding for all of us.

I am not an expert in themeparks, but what my experience showed me is:

1. To get the most out of the day, study the park in advance. Which rides have the longer queues and which ones are close to each other and if there is any special programme or show on the specific day you will be going.

2. Buy the park ticket in advance, so that you will not be wasting time of valuable earlymorning hours.

3. Be there as early as you can. After 11:00 pm you will come accross with much much longer queues.

4. Plan your morning with the rides you want to ride most, and afternoon with common areas like shops, parks and eating and if you have any time remaining you can choose to ride a couple of ones you loved, for a second time.

5. Have some spare t-shirts for all. Otherwise buy a new one, as it is for sure you will get wet.

6. Never go to a theme park on a weekend.

 

Prefer the rides in the mornings

Prefer the rides in the mornings

After the rides, to the more relaxing places like aquarium

After the rides, to the more relaxing places like aquarium

And finally to the parks, where we can sit and our son can spend the last bids of his energy

And finally to the parks, where we can sit and our son can spend the last bids of his energy

Legoland is very practical and inspiring theme park to visit. We watched some nice shows and could enjoy all the rides in one day. The shops are good enough to buy many t-shirts and some souveniers. However the restaurants were not so inspiring, some awful pizza in some messy restaurant.