- Austin to Frankfurt
- Frankfurt Layover & Frankfurt to Rome
- Rome Layover
- Rome to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Male via Singapore
- Conrad Maldives
- Male to Manchester via Colombo and Abu Dhabi
- Heading back to Austin
We had about a five hour layover in Frankfurt which was just the right amount of time to make use of the "Porsche experience" that's offered to Lufthansa First Class or Honor Circle members. For ~99 Euro, we had a Porsche for 3 hours/150 km. 99 Euros might seem pretty steep for a 3 hour car rental but it included the insurance and fuel as well and it was like a once in the lifetime experience for us.
There were no lines at both immigration and Avis counter so we were in the car a quick 20 minutes after we landed. We were slightly disappointed to be getting the less sexy Porsche Panamera instead of the 911 but we didn't want to waste time arguing for one (more reason to fly through Frankfurt again in the future to try the 911!). We sat in the car for a good fifteen minutes getting used to the car but for the most part trying to switch the navigation controls/GPS from German to English. Thankfully my iPhone had data roaming but so we gave up in the end and relied on maps from coming the iPhone.
The problem with all the fun of driving at such high speeds was that we used up the 150km quota rather quickly. It only took us slightly less than 45 minutes to reach the half way mark at the city of Bensheim where we caught glimpses of the Auerbach Castle from a far. We got out of the car for a couple of minutes to stretch our legs and get from fresh air before making our way back to the First Class Terminal.
We returned the Porsche at the First Class Terminal only about one and a half hour after taking it out and wished we had more kilometers to drive the car although we were slightly tired by this point anyway. Ah, the pleasures of departing Frankfurt as a first class passenger - someone to pick up the car and we were past security, enjoying a relaxing bath with a glass of champagne five minutes later.
This was our fourth time visiting the First Class Terminal and I'll say again that it has not gotten old (previous reviews here, here and here). After refreshing ourselves with a much needed shower, we helped ourselves to a late lunch. In addition to the usual wide selection of buffet and ala carte items, they were running a "Born to be Wild" theme meals which featured wild game like pheasant. I tried the pheasant and risotto which was really good and worth of any fine dining restaurant.
Boarding was almost completed by the time we got to the plane and the load was light in business class today with both Lydia and I having an entire row to ourselves. Since we were full from the wonderful lunch and tired and probably jetlagged, we just took a couple of bites from the cold plate served on the flight to Rome and stuck to water. I did manage to take a couple of short naps in between trying to finish my book.
|Intra Europe Business Class|
I enjoyed the sunset on the plane and a couple of minutes later, we started the descent into Rome. It took a good twenty minutes after we got to the baggage carousel for the bags to come out and we were further delayed when we had to go file a claim when one of the wheels of our bags were damaged. We eventually made it into Rome itself via the Leonardo express for our one night stay in Rome.