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The Aluminum Overcast
The background picture is from the FO window if a 747-400 over the Alaska Range 200 miles Sough West of Anchorage during the winter, 2006.
We lunch at a sidewalk cafe, of course, then walked through Tuileries Gardens and the length of Avenue des Champs-Elysees to the Arc De Triumph. Our cameras are working heard to capture the day. Our last stop before catching the train back, another cafe, enjoying a beer while watching the shoppers and sightseers, April in Paris. Next April Dian and I will spend a week here!
Baggett Sandwiches and a bottle of wine in hand, we boarded our train home. Half expecting to visit then nap 3 hours to LUX we were descended upon by returning shoppers. Our compartment quickly filled with 4 women, shopping bags and suitcases, there were only 6 seats, now full and every overhead and under-seat space was full. Van and I didn't know what to expect but what we got was 2 twelve year girls and their mothers returning to Germany following a 3 day annual Paris shopping trip. We exchanged greeting but when the girl next to me opened her favorite magazine, sled dogs the ice broke. They shared their chocolate, pastries, and stories of Paris, we shared our wine. A 3 hour train ride turned in to the highlight of our trip as we gained insight to a families right of spring and love of Paris. I thank them for sharing their time with two old men!March: Iditarod is just finishing up. Diana is in Nome flying the Cessna 185 and I'm once again headed down under via Honolulu for another long layover in Melbourne. What's a guy to do! Everything... Watch the sunset from the warm sands of Waikiki, Enjoy the splendor of the South Pacific crossing the Equator, Spend Sunday in ear plugs taking in the Melbourne Grand Prix, Monday Sipping wine in Australia's Yarra Valley, and Tuesday the International Australian Air Show in Avalon. Be glad when I get home so I can rest... Waikiki At work South Pacific Sunday Monday Tuesday February: Diana is busy getting our Cessna 185 ready for another Iditarod and I'm having another busy month. In spite of the long layovers in great cities, I do work! In 17 days I flew 90 hours and crossed the North Atlantic 10 times between Huntsville, Prestwick, Luxembourg and a last stop in Frankfurt. On approach Prestwick Luxembourg Old City Northern Lights over North Atlantic Stadel Museum of Art Frankfurt January: Started off the new year with my first trip down under. Melbourne via Honolulu then Shanghai, Melbourne, back to Shanghai and home. With 2 long layovers in Melbourne what's a guy to do. The Australian Open. I'm in Marina Sharapova, Videophone arena Outside courts Qualifying rounds Raffle Nadal Rod laver Arena 2006: I spent most of 2006 flying the Pacific Rim in support of our New Zealand and Australian contracts. Typically Anchorage, Chicago, Los Angles, Honolulu, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai and Anchorage. About every third month I would get split off to another corned of the World, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Europe, Seoul, Nairobi, Dubai or Brazil. Enjoy the pictures of some of those layovers. Darling Harbor Sydney The Bund Shanghai Nelson Mandela Johannesburg, Church in Campinas Brazil Kowloon looking to Hong Kong Island Opera House Sydney Bridge Sydney Harbor Bangkok Temple Orchids Thailand Ubatuba Brazil Hotel Lobby Campinas Brazil Central Park Ney York Coffee in Frankfurt Gothenburg Sweden Dubai United Arab Emirates Ski Dubai (It's 110+f outside) War Memorial, Seoul Korea