We made it to Europe!
08/29/2015 - 08/30/2015
So we decided to hedge our bets and head over to the Amsterdam departure gate and see if our odds were any better than the Paris flight. We were excited to hear that they had many open seats. Our flexible travel plans allowed us to change directions on our trip pretty easily. And since my super efficient husband had managed to pack us into 2 carry-on suitcases and 2 backpacks, we had no checked luggage to manage! Our goal in the moment was simply to get to Europe. We simply figured we'd get to Paris somehow!
Just a quick nod to the Detroit airport. It was very modern with a lot of shops and dining options. Many airports have a train to get you to the various terminals, but this one was very cool. It's elevated, directly above the gates and shops and visible to the people below. Fun and different.
We really got lucky and were assigned seats next to each other. Even luckier was that the A330 we came over on has the 2-4-2 seat configuration and we didn't even have to sit next to anyone. Alright, now you're thinking this is a newlywed thing, ; ) but really, it was about the mouth breathing and drooling that a red-eye flight with Tylenol PM might induce! But for now, we could smell the food being warmed up and realized sleep would have to wait until we had a chance to eat. Lasagna was the meal of choice. We enjoyed a glass of red wine and settled in for the flight. The crew treated us so well. Extra perks here and there. They even let us finish off the evening with ice cream sundaes, smuggled back from 1st class!
Inspite of the sexy eyeware, It was not a particularly restful night of sleep, but as we have committed to, "it's part of the adventure"!
It was nice to wake up to find we were most of the way there! The cool maps were at each seat. There were games and music and movies all to choose from to pass the time. We hit the high score for the onboard trivia game and maintained our leader status until morning. We are pretty decent in the sciences!
The purser was kind enough to give us a tip. Out our window, just off the coast of the Netherlands, there is a field of windmills out in the ocean. Pretty cool to see! And even better, it meant we were landing soon!! A little hard to see in picture, but there are around 50 giant turbines out there in a triangular pattern.
Arriving in Amsterdam, we were delighted to find how easy it was to find everything we need. 1st order of business waste get through customs. The line was short and the process was easy! We both got a new stamp on our passports and we were on our way. Next to find an ATM to get some Euros, then find a place to sit down and plan our trek to Paris. The airport was nice, under a bit of construction, but navigating it was no harder than any U.S. airport. Most everything is also written in English and everyone we encountered spoke English and was very kind to us. Not sure we will get as lucky in Paris! Now to figure out how we will get to Paris... ; )