Saturday, September 17, 2022

2022 Greece and Turkey - Day #1 - To Athens, Greece

I set an alarm for 2:55 am, but Sharon was up and moving around about 2:30 am. Taking a shower and packing up the room, we were down in front of the hotel about 3:45 am. Our original intention was to take an Uber to the airport, but it was taking too long for one to arrive. We ended up taking the 4 am hotel shuttle.

With one other shuttle stop, we got to the airport about 4:20 am. Checking the bags and getting through security went relatively quickly. We used CLEAR, but it really didn't save us much time.

We boarded a 6 am American flight from San Francisco to Chicago. On this leg, we have an aisle and middle in the exit row of a new 737-800. The flight pulled away from the gate a couple of minutes early.

The flight landed in Chicago about thirty minutes early. Coming from Heathrow, our connection was already there. After a quick glass of wine and a snack, we boarded the flight to Athens. We cleared the second of the two hurdles that I have been dreading: the connection in Chicago.

It is a ten hour flights with an eight hour time change from Chicago (a ten hour time change from Sacramento). I am writing this using the wireless on the plane somewhere east of Newfoundland. It is just past midnight in Athens.

I am never flying American Airlines again internationally. This is a cattle car.

1 comment:

  1. Hope you guys are settling in with the time change. Donna and I are about to leave for SFO to catch a 3:30 direct flight to Pairs. There should only be about an hour difference in time between France and Greece/Turkey. Hopefully we can text each other about our adventures. Talk soon, Kevin & Donna.