We left home at 6:30 on the 22nd December, so excited and so ready for our holiday - took an early morning ferry from Gosport to Portsmouth
|War ship passing the Ferry on the trip to Portsmouth|
and then caught the 8: 00 am National Express bus to Heathrow.
|National Express Bus|
The bus trip was 3 hours long due to part of the motorway being closed, but we arrived in good time and booked our luggage, got boarding passes and went into the International departure area to have some lunch.
At 15:00 we boarded an Air France flight and an hour and 15 minutes later we had landed at Charles De Gaulle, Paris. We had quiet a long tiring 5 hour stopover at Charles De Gaulle and by the time we boarded the Airbus 380
|Air France Airbus 380|
and all 600 passengers and 36 crew members were settled in and ready for take off I could hardly keep my eyes open.
|Air Bus 380|
Our 9 hour flight was not bad at all and as usual the Air France crew were very professional and the food was good and the movies were new releases so it was all in all a really good flight. Only one serious amount of turbulence through out the flight which was good.
We landed at 10:00 South African time at O R Thambo Airport
and my sister and brother - in - law were waiting for us when we cleared customs. The man was shaking from head to toe with excitement and emotion at seeing his sister for the first time in 7 years, there were loads of tears and excitement as we set off on the motorway to Pretoria
to start our holiday and Christmas family reunion.