So it turns out Annecy is actually closer to Geneva, which I visited twice last month, and not Lyon! I had my heart set on visiting during my last trip to Lyon, but didn’t want to go alone, but if only I had known (or done my research better!) I could have popped over from Geneva.
Never mind, this trip I found 3 others who were also up for a road trip, and after a few small complications (i.e. there being no cars available in any of the car hire places at the main train station!) and a quick metro ride a few stops along, we managed to hire a car.
Our captain Christian, from Mexico, along with Jenny from Scotland, Waleed from Egypt, and myself, were all ready to go and finally on our way.
The drive out of the city took a while as there was a fair bit of traffic, but once we were on the motorway it was smooth sailing.
My first flight of the year was a 48 hour layover in Lyon, France. The last time I visited was in summer, so the weather was a bit different this time around!
We arrived into Lyon in the evening, so on the first night there was just time for a light dinner and some drinks with the crew, while plans were discussed for the next day. Although I’ve visited before I was happy to head into the city and do some exploring.
Nine of us managed to meet in the morning and jump on the bus, just a few stops into town to start our day out.
We strolled through the streets, and although it was a quiet morning it was nice to enjoy the pretty architecture and atmosphere of the city.
It may already be well into the second week of January 2017 but I hope you don’t mind me putting up this post a little late! Since we got back from spending our Christmas holidays in Austria it’s been straight back into flying and although I’ve (almost!) got my new MacBook fully set up, I’ve hardly had a moment to use it.
Joe and I were both lucky enough to get Christmas off this year – last year I had to go back to work on the 25th! So since we spent last year in Mauritius it was off to Austria this year to spend time with my family.
Luckily the flight going from DXB – VIE had plenty of spare seats, and once we arrived in Vienna we had a few hours to kill before catching the next flight to Klagenfurt. It was looking a bit hit and miss as it seemed we weren’t the only ones on standby trying to get home before Christmas, but before we knew it we were landing in Klagenfurt (it is only a 30 minute flight after all!) where Mum, Dad and my brother Harry were waiting for us.
We spent the evening relaxing and catching up at home, and making plans for the next few days.
Most of which included some form of eating…
…and who can blame us with this cake selection! Joe and I met up with my soon-to-be-married friends Iris and Claudio for coffee and cake, in a lovely cafe that has a huge variety on offer.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and managed to spend time with your families, I was home for a week at Christmas and managed to get lots of relaxation and eating in!
Now it’s back to work for me, and I spent New Year’s Eve at 40,000ft, somewhere between Zurich and Dubai. In this job it’s practically unheard of to have both Christmas and New Year’s Eve off, let alone 2 years in a row, so I didn’t mind working NYE since I was lucky enough to be on leave for Christmas.
My last flight before my leave was a trip to Geneva, my second time visiting in December. Since it had only been two weeks since the previous trip, I decided to jump on a train and visit Lausanne, a small town around 40 minutes away.
Luckily I even had a companion for the afternoon – Thanatip, the lovely Thai first class crew, accompanied me.
We were slightly taken aback by the price of the train ticket – 56 Swiss Francs each for a return ticket! Bearing in mind that’s about what I used to pay for a ticket from Klagenfurt – Vienna (a 4 hour train journey!) when I lived in Austria, and this was a 40 minute ride each way. Fortunately we get a generous allowance in Geneva, but still!
Here goes the first roster post of 2017!
January is my “top bid” month, so the month I’m most likely to get the flights that I’ve requested. I actually got a few destinations that I asked for, although not the days off that I wanted to go and visit my sister Lizzie and her boyfriend Jarett in Vietnam.
I’ll be heading off to:
- LYS (Lyon, France)
- OSL (Oslo, Norway)
- IKA (Tehran, Iran)
- SEP (Safety & Emergency Procedures)
- ATH (Athens, Greece)
Both of the layovers in Lyon are 48 hours, so any tips of things to do or nearby places to visit would be much appreciated!
I’d love to go skiing on my Oslo layovers, we will have to see if that’s possible or if there isn’t enough time. Fingers crossed! Otherwise I’m hoping to take a Fjord boat tour that I didn’t manage to do when I was there last time.
My layover in Athens is also 48 hours, but with a quick stop in Larnaca on the way, where we will stay on the aircraft.
All in all a nice roster, apart from the one thing I’m dreading – SEP! My yearly recurrent exams (Safety and Emergency Procedures) are at the end of the month, so if I’m a bit absent from the blog it’ll be because I’m studying!
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