Boy what a long day. We got up in Ahens at 02:00 for a 03:00 bus ride to the Marco Polo airport. The time 02:00 in Athens is actually, 4:00pm in Phoenix on the 31st. Any way we got on the bus for a 40 minute ride. Check in was extremely easy compared to some airports. I had printed our boarding passes on the ship which made a GREAT TIME SAVER. The Athens airport is not the largest but there was still a good walk to the gate.
We had Delta Sky boarding priority which really made a difference. We were the first people on the airplane, They wanted us to check our carry ons all the way to Phoenix, NO WAY. Had plenty of room on board.
Flight to Paris was uneventful. They served a nice breakfast and decent coffee. Our arrival at Paris was at the main airport, which is HUGE. We were told it was a 15 minute walk from arrival gate to Delta's departure gate. Well it was a 15 minute walk and also a 30 minute bus ride. We made the departure area in good shape, but no time for shopping or looking (YEH) Again we took advantage of the Sky priority and got on the plane early.
We had Comfort Plus seats which are a good deal. Extra leg room and other amendities.
The Delta aircraft was a Boeing 777 with some 368 passengers. It was a full flight as many students were returning from spring break in Europe.
The flight was all daylight, so the shades were pulled. Plenty of good movies and other programs. Good food and lots of napping.
Our arrival at Minneapolis was later than schdduled. We had to go thru Customs, actually Global Clearance which took less time except we were chosen at fadom for the bag check. We were sukpposed to have 1+30 hours for the connection but only had 45 minutes. We got thru the check and proceeded to the gate, last one on the concourse. BUY we made the flight and again boarded early with the SKY ticket. Flight to Phoenix was uneventful with snacks served.
Our total time from wake up in Athens to home in Sun City was just under 24 hours. Needless to say our unpacking will take place tomorrow or later. Got the house up and running, water on, coffee maker working and comuters fired up. Tonight a little night cap and early to bed.
Wonderful trip, would hight recommend it.