- 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
It wasn't fun lugging all the luggage from the hotel to the Termini station and to the airport but I guess saving a couple of Euros when taking the Leonardo Express instead of taking a cab was money worth saving. Check-in was a breeze with no one in line and our boarding passes already printed ahead of time.
|Thai Check-in Area|
Boarding was announced in the lounge and it was slightly chaotic to maneuver past people to board through the first class/premium line. It was the same agent from check-in who scanned our boarding passes and she made a point to inform us that she's confirmed that our bags were loaded on the plane. Nice touch!
|Thai 747 taking us to Bangkok|
Pajamas and amenity kits were also provided and this was the only slight disappointment of the flight. The medium sized pants were too small for Lydia (being a couple of months pregnant) and she wanted a large pair and keep the medium sized top. The attendant wasn't sure if she should do so and had to check with the pursuer and she was only allowed to keep parts of the "mismatch" pajamas instead of offering the two complete sets to her. The pursuer also never came by to said hi at all during the flight and had a hands off approach to the service which was so different than our last Thai first class flight. Luckily the two attendants who served us during the flight were great.
Once we were airborne and at cruising altitude, service began with more Dom for me and warm nuts. One of our most memorable things to do is to eat together when we're flying and that's only possible when flying first. Nothing beats gourmet food, excellent wines and the best view in the house with the special someone.
I had pre-ordered the lobster thermidor partially expecting to be possibly dry and overcooked but it ended up being one of the best lobsters I've eaten. Lydia stuck to the comforting rice soup and meatballs which was pretty good. We also ordered an extra plate of chicken rice which ended up being the most disappointing dish.
Since the only thing left for this part of the trip was to get to Maldives and do nothing, I decided I was going to "maximize" the flight and not sleep. Lydia was more sane and did go to bed after the meal service. I got my bed made, got into a comfortable position and watched movies for the rest of the flight while enjoying plenty of water, Johnny Walker Blue Label and one of the best airplane cappuccinos I've had. It probably was instant and out of a packet but it was so good I probably had six or seven of them through the flight.