Thursday, 20 April 2017

Return to Dust 7 years on - Part 4 To Hamburg

“The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were volcanic events in Iceland which, although relatively small for volcanic eruptions, caused enormous disruption to air travel  in April 2010.”   
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The other day I found my diary and drawings . . . I was 5,969 miles away in HK working with BBC colleagues.

PART FOUR Tuesday April 20

Certainly a morning for celebration as I have clean shirt from the hotel laundry the cost of which is allowable under the BBC's expenses policy. 

Awoke, in a bed, to the sound and then smell of fresh rain, soon followed by bakery smells particularly croissants.

Supper last evening was splendid, the Anemon Resturant close by and level with the top of the Galata Tower. It afforded a wonderful view of the Golden Horn and European side of the city, all washed in a crayon sunset. 

Tour leader Chris continues to direct our plans; currently maybe Istanbul to Milan or maybe Manchester. 

After the distress of the Milan cancellation we hung around the airport, free Wi-Fi, surfing for options to get into Europe from Istanbul. 

Some friendly Italians, victims of the same abandonment, offered us seats on a coach laid on by their local Consulate. 

So we then hung around with the Italians waiting for this coach.

We got wind of a flight to Hamburg announced. Lara runs over to the SunExpress ticket desk and secures four flights.

Hey presto we are now in Hanover. They switched airports just before we took off.

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