A late, but great start ÖÖÖ
Both our days started out with having to work. Tom started his day
extra early to be home in time and I started work at 10am.
Unfortunately one of our teachers had fallen ill and I was the lucky
one to fill in for her, so my day ended at 1.45pm instead of 12.55.
Once I was done I drove to Tomís and we had a quick lunch, then
packed the last of our items and at around 4.30pm we were on the way
to the airport. On Friday there usually is heavy traffic on the
roads around the airport, so we left extra early, but we never hit
any traffic jam and made good time. Once we had arrived at the
airport, we parked the car in the long term car park, then unloaded
the suitcases and walked back to the airport.
We walked to the check in desks and sent our luggage on its way and
ended up with a lot of time to kill. So we decided to head upstairs
to the restaurant and have a drink while waiting. The restaurant was
empty and we had to have a good look around to find out if it was
actually open or not. It was open and we sat at a table at a window
and watched people getting on the only other plane flying out at
that time. Tom had ordered an non-alcoholic beer and I had ordered
my trusted Diet Coke and we sat and chatted. Around 30 minutes
before our supposed take off time we headed downstairs and went
through security, then walked over to our gate and waited for
A few minutes later we were allowed to walk over to our plane and
get on. We took off on time and were soon handed a snack. I didnít
even look too closely at the little
Crackers first, but then
I discovered that they indeed were little airplanes. The perfect fun
food to start your vacation with. The one hour flight went by quick
and we landed in Frankfurt and were taken to the terminal in a bus.
We had a look at the screens to find out if our gate had changed,
then looked for it and it was close by, so we walked around the
airport a bit, looking at some of the Duty free stores. Tom actually
found some cigarillos he wanted to try and after we had finished our
purchases we walked to our gate, where they had just started
boarding. We got in line and were on in no time.
After finding our seats we packed everything into the overhead bins
and waited for the plane to depart. We were on our way within a few
minutes and about 10 minutes later we were handed our snack, which
this time was something new, a
Pasta salad with lots of
veggies and small little zwiebacks. There was also a foldable fork
which I found especially entertaining. The salad was pretty good and
we were offered some drinks as well. I think we both had Coke. We
landed in Paris about 5 minutes ahead of time and while I waited for
our luggage, Tom went to pick up the rental car, which we had booked
online. It took about 25 minutes until our luggage arrived and as
soon as I had put the suitcases on the trolley I was on my way out
of the terminal. Tom was already waiting and told me that he had
signed up for extra insurance and that the sales person had told him
that the car had a lot of damage and was scratched all over. Didnít
sound too promising, but it was past 10pm and we were both tired and
wanted to get on. So we headed up to the car park, where Hertz was
located and tried to find the car. We found it after a short search
and I asked Tom for the rental car paperwork, to check if all the
damage was marked on it. There was NOTHING marked in the paperwork,
so we flagged down a Hertz employee to mark all the damages. We
started at the driverís door and when we got to the rear bumper the
employee got into my way and just stopped me and said that all
these damages had already been noted and he signed the paper.
So we loaded everything into the car, got the GPS in place and off
we went. When we left the car park we noticed the dense fog and it
slowed us down a little bit, but within an hour we were driving onto
Disney property. We drove over to the Hotel New York and soon had
parked the car and were rolling our luggage into the lobby.
Everything was decorated for Christmas and it looked pretty
wonderful. There was just one family in line ahead of us and then it
was our turn to check in. Check in took a while as they still fill
in papers by hand before they go to the computer. We were assigned a
room on the 7th floor (8th floor for all of
you American friends) and handed two breakfast tickets. On the
breakfast tickets you find the time you are supposed to show up for
breakfast and ours were pretty early. 7.40 for the following day and
7.30 for Sunday. And off we went to check out our room. We took the
elevator up and walked down the long corridor and opened the door
and found a room with only one bed! Now, when I booked I told them
that we definitely wanted a room with two beds. Okay, out again and
down again to reception. Tom waited at the elevators with the
luggage and I went back again. I was pleased to see that the lady
who had checked us in, immediately walked over to me and asked if
there was something wrong.
I told her about the bed situation and she went to the back room to
try and get us another room. She was back within two minutes and
told us that we would now have a room on the 8th floor.
Into the elevator again and up to the 8th floor we went.
Our new room was just a few steps off the elevator and when we
opened the door there were two beds. Done deal! We were good to
stay. Luggage inside we checked out the room and it was really
There were lots of New York themed hints and after looking around
for a short while we got interested in the water view we had booked.
You could not see the water, not that it would not have been there,
but the fog was pretty thick. But we had a lovely view of the
Christmas tree beneath our window. We got some ice-water and had
some of the chocolate covered gingerbread we had brought and then it
was really time for bed. By 12.30 we were finally in bed and turned
off the lights.