I’m just taking my camera phone as the only way I'll capture photos and video. The cameras on the phones are getting so good that they rival any point and shoot and even my DSLR. My new Google Pixel with additional memory will take 99% of the photos needed. Also, I brought a small tripod along -- but I'm keeping everything very skimpy.
Aaron Dean arrives at 12 noon to take us to Cincinnati airport for our 2:50 p.m. flight to Washington DC where we connect to South Africa flight to Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal. Aaron faithfully drops us off at CVG, but at the ticket counter, we are greeted with the news that our flight is delayed and that we will miss our connection to Africa.
Our flight from Cincinnati was delayed by more than four hours. It was because of late arriving aircraft due to weather in Houston, I believe. We got off the ground and in one hour from wheels up to wheels down landed in Washington DC at 8:15 p.m. We got to the gate bound for Frankfurt, Germany 20 minutes before boarding began. Just in time.
The flight to Germany was uneventful. Beverly and I, fortunately, had a seat in between us and were able to sleep some. I watched a good movie about Jacquelyn Kennedy and the trauma of going from first lady to private citizen. It was very interesting and well done.
We arrived about noon in Frankfurt and we are now waiting for our 8 p.m. flight to Johannesburg.
So, that’s the news of the first day’s travel. We got Europe thrown in on this trip for no extra charge! Now I'm writing this from the Frankfurt airport.
We are enjoying the new expansion to the Frankfurt airport.
The German people are painted with a broad brush of being harsh and have an unsavory history. Also, the French are characterized as being rude along with other negative characteristics.
When we arrived in Frankfurt and had an irregular connection eight hours later, the gate agent couldn't have been more pleasant patiently and cheerfully explaining which terminal to go to, how to get there and where we could find places to relax through the day.
Also, the man watching over security between terminals went above and beyond to tell us what to do, knowing that we were tired and were behind on this journey by 3/4 of a day. We are spending two nights on the road. Some of the friendliest people I've met are Germans.
About the French and being snooty. Bev and I were on a special flight on Air France from Paris to Johannesburg. We were able to upgrade with miles to first class. The personal treatment was fabulous. Each time they came up to us, they called us by our first name. When we left the plane they did a special adieu individually. Very hospitable and kind, and the food was great.
Now we are waiting for our 8:45 flight tonight to Johannesburg.