Category Archives: Airlines

Tennessee to Berlin Germany

11 and 12 March 2014
Knoxville, TN to Chicago, IL to Düsseldorf Germany to Berlin Germany

Tuesday, we left Tennessee out of McGhee Tyson airport.  

Security Checkpoint inside McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville (Maryville), TN
Security Checkpoint inside McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville (Maryville), TN

Nancy in the terminal near our gate.
Nancy in the terminal near our gate.

And a little poking around at the Tennessee store inside the airport.
And a little poking around at the Tennessee store inside the airport.

Nancy pointed out this cute saying on a shirt at the Tennessee store
Nancy pointed out this cute saying on a shirt at the Tennessee store

Then time for a snack before our flight…

We had a snack at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.  Very convenient.
We had a snack at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville. Very convenient.

We made it to Chicago O’Hare airport and the first thing that came to Nancy’s mind was Garrett’s Popcorn. If you’ve never tried it, it’s worth going out of your way to find a location. Get the “Chicago Mix”.

Not getting some Garrett's Popcorn is not an option!
Not getting some Garrett’s Popcorn is not an option!

I took this selfie and posted it on Facebook for a former work colleague to see.  She saw it :)  Hi Ann!
I took this selfie and posted it on Facebook for a former work colleague to see. She saw it 🙂 Hi Ann!

After a short wait, we boarded a flight to Dusseldorf Germany. The flight was about 8 hours and went well. Before takeoff, we changed seats for a center row of 3 seats to ourselves. Worked out great as we both got an aisle and a center seat to share.

Our original seats - that we ended up moving from.
Our original seats – that we ended up moving from.

A view from the center section of seats that we relocated to.
A view from the center section of seats that we relocated to.

Not long after takeoff, dinner was served. After dinner, we watched a movie I had downloaded to the iPad. I set the iPad up on the tray table of the seat between us. Used a headphone splitter. Worked great. And we even had popcorn! You know, some of that Garrett’s “Chicago Mix” we picked up at O’Hare? Yum 🙂

After dinner, we tried to get some sleep. Really didn’t work work out. I can’t sleep sitting up. Got bored and opened up the laptop and worked for a couple hours.

About an hour and a half before landing, a light breakfast was served. All in all, a pretty good flight. We arrived in Dusseldorf around 6:00 am local time. Germany is 6 hours ahead of the Central time zone in the U.S. We grabbed a snack near our gate for our connecting flight to Berlin, our final destination.

The flight from Dusseldorf to Berlin was short – maybe an hour. Perfect really 🙂 My cousin Danielle was there to pick us up. Thanks Dani! We’ll pick up the rest of the day in the next blog post for March 12.

Las Vegas, NV Trip – Day 2 – Travel Day

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
We were up at 5:30 am today to catch a shuttle to the airport (BNA – Nashville) for our early flight to Las Vegas. I’m drafting this blog post using the Notes app on my iPad on our Southwest Airlines flight. I won’t post this for a few days, but I am connected to the Internet “on the plane”. For this 4 hour flight, Internet service was only $8.  I got a blog post written, some work emails taken care of, some new Heartland Owners Forum posts read, then I watched a movie I had loaded onto the iPad.

It was warm and sunny when we landed in Las Vegas.  We took a cab to our hotel, did the pre-check-in for a room, stored our luggage and started walking North on Las Vegas Blvd. down to the Tix4Tonight shop at the Giant Coke bottle.

Giant Coke Bottle

We bought tickets to the Australian Bee Gees show for Thursday night.  Hope it’s good.