We, the family and a few assorted others- "temporary children" - piled in two cars on Friday, March 27, 2009 to head to Atlanta. Why all the kids, you ask. Well, it just so happened that there was an awesome 4 band concert that the kids really wanted to see. After much sorting out, advances, retreats, and the bribing of one house official (when the concert sold out and we possessed five tickets for six teens), the kids were parked at the concert venue, we were checked into two rooms at the Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park and Mom and Dad had dinner with Grumpy Guy's best friend, Brubru. We met up with the temporarily deafened headbangers at concert's end, and we all went for a post-concert nosh at the dining institution known as THE VARSITY.
|From Maison Cou Rouge|
After a DELIGHTFUL night's sleep and breakfast, we all headed out for a few hours light shopping at Lenox Square Mall. Having indulged in a Pryor family tradition of a trip to the Godiva Store, we all linked back up with Brubru who treated us to lunch.
Lunch with Brubru always seems to run long, which is how I missed my flight to Los Angeles. Ok, that and I read the flight time, 4:59 as my departure time, which was 4:10. Not to worry, my divine travel agent Teri always figures for things like this, and Delta kindly put me on the 5:30 flight.
In LAX, I relaxed in the lounge, meeting up with cousins Bill and Suzanne (oh, at this point, I guess I should just drop all pretense of figuring out aliases...everyone knows who everyone else is.....) who would be my travelling companions for the next 5 days. CruiseGran would join us when we finished the "overland" excursion of the trip as she had already visited these places.
Once aboard our Cathay Pacific flight late Saturday night (oh, try to fly CP if you can--they are marvelous.......truly), we were delighted to find our proper seats
--um--cubicles--um lounge chairs??--
upstairs directly behind the 747's flight deck. Talk about FUN!!!
The 15-hour flight seemed to race by, and before we knew it, we were landing in Hong Kong. On Monday. This never fails to flip me out. (I mean, I KNOW I got it back on the 16th, leaving Tokyo at 6pm and arriving 2 hours later in Atlanta...but I'm getting ahead of myself...) It's like "poof- let's forget about Sunday..." But moving on.
Here's what the arrivals info looked like......
alternating in English
I'm impressed by the wierdest things, I know.
As always with Crystal Cruises, we were met by wonderfully helpful people. Seems that our Crystal representative for the excursion, Alex, was on the plane with us, so we began our adventures right then and there.
On arriving at the Intercontinental Hotel, we were immediately taken to our rooms, even though it was only 9am. Open the door, and this is my room...
Tea arrived immediately-
And a quick shower and phone home, and I was ready to start investigating!!!!!