The first thing that I did was order our plane tickets. Initially, I had thought about going for seventeen days. This was the length of our last two trips to Europe and we had found that it seemed to be a good length. Indeed on our last trip to Europe we were ready to come home after about fifteen days.
But when I discovered that the cost of the flight was $993 and that seat selection was $180 for a total of $1,173 apiece I decided to increase the trip to nineteen days in order to "average cost" the flights. I am not sure that this made any sense because it meant that I paid for two extra hotel rooms and, of course, two more days of meals. My thought process in planning the trip was not always clear as I will explain later.
In any event I purchased seat selection and Francine and I were seated on the emergency row (giving us extra leg room) in a row of two seats. That meant we did not have to put up with anyone hogging the seat rest or disturbing us by getting up and down to go to the toilet.
When airlines quote the length of a flight it is always the time in the air not gate to gate. Our flight was to be seven hours but with taxiing and such the total time was about eight hours. But the flight was quiet. I watched two movies. The service was excellent. And we were comfortable with our extra leg room and our somewhat private nook on the plane. Therefore, the eight hours did not seem as long as the cramped noisy five hour charter flights we take on Air Transat to Mexico in the winter.
The flight left at 9:00 a.m. and it was nice to not have an overnight flight to England. It was the only daytime flight on offer.
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