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Old 12-31-2011, 09:14 AM   #1
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Talking Go West young lady! - July 12th 2011, going home!

Tuesday July 12th 2011

The day had finally arrived, I had had such a brilliant time I didnít want it to end But it had to and reality was calling, but not quite yet I still had the Upper Class flight home First thing though was brekkie at Starbucks across the road from the hotel and one last piccie of the hotel



As Virgin do not have a Club House at LAX I was able to use the Air New Zealand one. My flight was due to leave at 5.15pm and I got to the airport about 1.15pm. The check in was already busy but was not open. About 3 hours prior to departure check in opened and I was first in the queue for Upper Class, but had done on line check in the previous day, so it was just the formalities. My luggage was not even weighed and got taken for me to the x-ray, I could get used to this. I was then given the fast track pass to security and breezed through it, even using the new body scanners, lol. As soon as I got in to the departure lounge I made a beeline for the lounge. It was a very nice lounge, lovely views and food, with a help yourself bar







In the distance you could see the Hollywood Hills



The flight was called about an hour before departure and it was so nice just breezing past everyone else waiting to board! I soon settled into my suite on the lower deck of the 747, it was nice to experience the contrast between the airbus and 747





Due to the shape of the 747 and being at the front there seemed to be so much space and the cabin crew seemed to be more attentive than on the Airbus! After the obligatory pre flight champagne we were soon on our way











Not long after take off dinner was served, I started with - Poached petite lobster tail with panzanella salad in a sherry vinaigrette dressing



By now we were over the Rockies



Main course was then served and mine was - Grilled beef fillet with maitre d'butter, Yukon gold mashed potato and green beans with garlic and herbs



After this I gave dessert a miss and settled down for the night



I got a couple of hours sleep but got so hot and ended up at the bar chatting to the cabin crew for a while







The night lighting onboard was nice



Breakfast was then served about an hour or so before landing - Scrambled eggs with cream cheese, grilled Irish bacon, banger sausage, potato hash brown, button mushrooms and cherry tomato



We landed virtually on time and once off I was able to use the Iris channel at passport control. After getting my luggage I caught the hoppa back to the Crowne Plaza and got in my car. An hour and a half later I was back home!! So what next after such a holiday?? Well WDW was calling for 2012 but 2013, camping may be high on the list but which tour...
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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What an amazing trip you had! Thanks for sharing, I've really enjoyed reading all about it.
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Thank you so much for sharing your trip! It sounds like you had an amazing time!
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Thanks Claire, I'm sooooo jealous of the upper class flight loved reading your report, shame it's over, roll on the next one.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for sharing your amazing trip i loved seeing it, i hope you are able to keep in touch with the friends you made
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Thank you for sharing your amazing trip report Claire, no wonder you didn't want to come home. Your photos are brilliant too, and as for Upper Class .. all I can say is .. Wow, I hope one day I will be able to travel in such style, what a fab way to end your holiday
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great trip report Claire, I did read most of them a while ago but havent finished them all. Just off to finish the rest.
Very jealous as your holidays sound fab.xx
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